Sunday 1 August 2010



Crystal Clear Creators, an arts organisation devoted to developing, producing, publishing and promoting new writing, (and funded by a grant from Awards for All (National Lottery funder) is pleased to announce Hearing Voices, a new literary magazine. The magazine is now open to submissions.

Hearing Voices is a triannual magazine of poetry and prose by new, up-and-coming and established writers. The magazine will initially run for a year, and hence include three issues. Each issue will be edited by a guest editor, who will provide feedback on ALL submissions, whether or not they are accepted. Each edition of the magazine will have an ISBN and be professionally designed and printed.

Submission Guidelines
If you would like to submit poetry or prose to Hearing Voices, please send your work as an email attachment (MS-Word document or similar) to

• include a short (three-line) biography about yourself in the email or on the document.
• send no more than three poems for each issue of the magazine. Poems should be no longer than 60 lines each.
• send no more than one piece of prose (fiction or non-fiction) for each issue, of no more than 1,000 words.
• Please do contact the editor on the email address above, for further information.

THE 2010 ASHAM AWARD for New Women Writers
Think ghost. Or think Gothic. The Asham Award
celebrates its new partnership with Virago by
inviting writers to explore the unknown.
Take your cue from Sarah Waters, one of this year’s
judges, and conjure up a ghost story from the past –
or the present. Or let your imagination run wild and go
Gothic. The choice is yours.
• The Award is open to women writers who have not yet
had a novel or a collection of short stories published.
• Stories must not exceed 4,000 words in length.
• The twelve winning writers will be notified in March 2011
• the first, second and third prizewinners will
be announced in September 2011 at the Small Wonder
short story festival at Charleston, East Sussex.
• All twelve will be published by Virago in the Asham
anthology, alongside specially commissioned stories
by Naomi Alderman, Kate Clanchy, Petina Gappah and
Polly Samson.