Submissions are invited for entries to the Live from Worktown 2022 Anthology,

Theme: Love from Worktown.

Deadline for Submissions:  Thursday 23 December 2021

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The collection will be curated by Dave Morgan from Live from Worktown. We are looking for pieces that reflect the subject in its breadth, whether romantic or platonic, flaunted or secret, young or old, foolish or knowing.

For more information see below -  Please read the guidance carefully.

Entry will be limited to past and present Bolton residents, workers, and students. Submissions will be required to have a Bolton-relevant theme.

Each entry can be prose or poetry. Prose entries can be factual or fictional but should not exceed 800 words. Poems should not be no more than 30 lines long. Entries should be written specifically for this competition. Previously published work, in print or on-line, will be ineligible.

Top Tip: To paraphrase James Hartnell when editing the 2017 anthology:

‘The best pieces showed a really good grasp of narrative technique, assured handling of dialogue, opening lines that drew the reader in….the characters breathed and grew on the page and were not mere caricatures…there was good deliberate variation to sentence and paragraph…there was room for the reader to own the story rather than having everything spelt out and explained’

Up to forty entries will be included in the Anthology to be published on February 14 2022. All successful entrants will receive a complimentary copy and be invited to a launch event run in partnership with the Bistro at St George’s House.


 Entrants should be living, working or studying in Bolton. Former residents, workers or students may submit but should indicate their links to the town. By ‘Bolton’ we mean the wider Borough including its towns and villages. Entries should be linked to the theme of life in Bolton, contemporary or historical.


How to submit

On-line: emails should be headed ‘LfW Anthology 22’ and addressed to

Entries submitted by email should be included as an attachment in word doc or docx with your name and contact details clearly identifiable. In your covering email include your personal details including name, address, post code, title of piece submitted and any relevant supplementary information about your Bolton connection (max. 50 words).

Entries submitted by post should be typed on an A4 sheet including your name and title of the piece. Additionally, include a sheet indicating your name, address, post code, title of piece submitted and any relevant supplementary information (max. 50 words).

You should follow the following guidance carefully as entries falling outside the guidelines will be excluded.

Poems should be no more than 30 lines. Prose no more than 800 words

Submissions should preferably be made by email with attachment (doc or doc x).

Submissions can be made by post but entries will not be returned so keep a copy. 

In both cases entries should be typed double-spaced, minimum font size 11, preferably Times New Roman or Courier New.

Deadline for submissions is 23 December 2021. We will inform you if you have been successful by Friday 14 January. All work published will remain the copyright of the author and no use will be made of the work other than on the Live from Worktown web site/fb group page without the permission of the author.

We are looking to include about 40 pieces of work in the anthology. It is unlikely that all work submitted can be chosen but no feedback will be offered on submissions that are unsuccessful.

The launch of the anthology will take place on St Valentine’s Day, 14 February at the Bistro in St George’s House, St George’s Rd, BL1 2DD. All successful entrants will be invited and given one complimentary copy. Additional copies may be purchased at £5.00.

Submit your entry via email to by 12 noon on Thursday 23 December 2021

or by post to

Dave Morgan, 160 Bromwich Street Bolton, BL2 1LL to the same deadline.

Editorial policy: our target readership is 14 plus so please bear this in mind. The editors have no wish to censor submissions but reserve the right to refuse material that they judge to be actually or potentially offensive, racist, sexist or homophobic. Whilst recognising that vernacular and dialect have distinct and non-standard grammar and spelling, the editors reserve the right to standardise obvious misspellings and grammatical inaccuracy in the interests of producing an industry-standard publication.   

The anthology is funded with the financial support of Bolton Operatic Society Trust (BOPS).