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Poetic Map of Freedom: open call for submissions

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The Poetic Map of Freedom

Date & time

Date:7 June 2021 to 1 September 2021

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Poetic Map of Freedom is a collaboration between the award-winning poet Jenny Mitchell and Southwark Libraries. It is an open call for new poems, exploring the ways in which we survive and rise above institutional and structural racism.

What does Freedom mean to you?
What happens when it’s taken away?
How can it be reclaimed?

New and experienced writers are encouraged to send 1-3 poems in response to the prompt. Selected entries will be featured on our website and Twitter feed during Black History Month, October 2021.

Together, these poems will constitute our Poetic Map of Freedom.

Poetic Map of Freedom: prompt from Jenny Mitchell


What poetic ideas do the above words spark in relation to institutional and structural racism? How do we write with passion, honesty, and clarity about these subjects? Who do we wish to address, and is there a need to widen the audience/discussion when it comes to issues of racism and how to dismantle it?

We are particularly interested in poems that emphasis a sense of place. What does the view look like in Brixton, Kent, Valencia?

The project seeks work that bears the words of Toni Morrison in mind:
"We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal."

About Jenny Mitchell

Jenny Mitchell is the winner of several poetry competitions including the Folklore, Aryamati, Segora and Fosseway prizes. Her debut collection, ‘Her Lost Language’, won the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize, and her newest collection, ‘Map of a Plantation’, is out now with Indigo Dreams Publishing.

Submissions to the project should be sent to

Deadline: 1 September 2021

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