Call for illustrations for the second edition of Swindon Writing

Every Picture Tells a Story

A photograph of a field, with a town in the distance, under a blue sky studded with fluffy white clouds

In late 2019, Artswords, a Literature Development Project linked to Swindon Libraries, put out a call for short written works for an anthology titled Swindon Writing. Writers in Swindon rose to the challenge, and, in December 2020, the first edition of Swindon Writing was published.

Following the success of that book, Artswords is now seeking submissions for the second edition. This time, Artswords is also looking for artworks relating to Swindon to be published alongside the writing.

Ideally, the artworks should illustrate an aspect of Swindon. They can be in any medium and genre, including landscape, still life, cartoon, pattern, or a photograph of a sculpture or textile.

Artswords is also looking for an artwork or design to be used specifically for the cover of Swindon Writing.

Artists whose work is used will receive full credit and can submit an artist statement to be published alongside their work.

Profits from the sale of the second edition of Swindon Writing will be used to fund the activities of Artswords in Swindon.

We are looking for a variety of artistic styles and especially encourage themes that convey a strong sense of Swindon.

Entrance is free. There is no submission or publication fee.

Copyright remains with the artist. Artswords reserves the right to use any successful submission in the second edition of Swindon Writing and any publicity material relating to it, but the artist may also publish the work themselves or submit it elsewhere.

All work must be original work by the artist, plagiarized or copied content is not acceptable.

Artists may submit one or two pieces

All submissions should be accompanied by an artist statement of no more than 300 words. This should include details about the artist along with an explanation of the artwork and how it might relate to Swindon. It may also include links to websites or methods of contacting the artist.

Submissions must be in the form of a high resolution (300 dpi or higher) image. Do not send original artworks.

The book is likely to be printed as A5 size and portrait format. Landscape orientation images may be accepted but will not be eligible to be used on the front cover.

There is no age limit, however, submissions from under 18s must be accompanied by permission from the parent or guardian for the work and the artist’s name to be published.

The submission deadline is 31 December 2021.

Submit your finished pieces by or before then to

The editors are Katie Sullivan, Zoe Thomas, and Matt Holland. It is they who will choose successful submissions for the next edition of Swindon Writing.

If you have any questions, please send them to

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