adda open call

Deadline: 31 January 2020, 23:59, in your time zone.


adda is the online magazine of Commonwealth Writers. We are looking for new writing on the theme of climate change.

We seek poetry, fiction and – in particular – non-fiction.

Non-fiction submissions can be sent either completed or in the form of a detailed proposed idea/pitch (maximum 500 words). For those sending in a pitch, Commonwealth Writers recommends submitting as far in advance of the deadline as possible.

No previously published work will be considered, whether in print or online, in whole or in part. We will, however, consider new translations into English of work already published in other languages. We will consider commissioning new non-fiction in other languages and arrange the translation ourselves. Please note, we can only accept submissions from citizens of Commonwealth countries.

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the work already published on adda. We are looking to select a broad range of work. Entries by voices, or on topics, that may receive less attention from other publications are welcomed.

Please submit only once. You may enter work in one of the three categories: Poetry, Fiction, or Non-fiction. We accept simultaneous submissions on the understanding you will inform us immediately if the text is accepted for publication elsewhere.

To submit to this call, please complete the submissions form and upload:

  • A description of your writing history (300 words max)

And one of the following:

  • Up to two poems only (no word count, but a maximum five pages in total)
  • One piece of fiction writing (word count 2000-5000)
  • One non-fiction piece (word count 2000-5000)
  • One non-fiction proposal (word count 500 words maximum)


Submissions are read anonymously. Please do not include any contact or personal information in the files that you submit.

Formatting guidelines: please double-space prose and single-space poetry, and use Arial 12-point font. Do not submit PDFs, but Word docs.

The deadline for submissions is 23:59 (in your time zone) 31 January 2020.

We aim to make decisions on entries and contact entrants before 31 March 2020. We regret we are unable to provide feedback.


If you have any questions or problems with your submission, please email: writers@commonwealth.int






adda open call: CLIMATE CHANGE

adda is looking for new writing on the theme of climate change. We are seeking poetry, fiction and – in particular – non-fiction. Deadline 31 January 2020.

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