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Julia Bell
Julia Bell

Julia Bell is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck and Course Director of the Creative Writing MA. She is the author of three novels, most recently The Dark Light to be published in May 2015 by Macmillan, the co editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook, as well as three volumes of short stories most recently The Sea In Birmingham. She also takes photographs, writes poetry, short stories, occasional essays and journalism, and is the co-curator of spoken word night @InYerEarLondon. Twitter: @juliabell.

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MIR12: Call for Submissions

The Mechanics’ Institute Review Issue 12


Edited by Julia Bell, Sue Tyley and editorial team (tba)


Once again we’re looking for high-quality writing to publish in The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR), Birkbeck’s critically acclaimed literary anthology.


All the relevant information about how to submit is given below. Please pay attention to the formatting requirements, as it makes your work easier to read and to process.


Deadline for Submissions: Midnight on Friday 6 February 2015


What: Short stories, creative non-fiction, or standalone novel extracts. (You may only submit one piece though.)


Who: Any Birkbeck Creative Writing student or alumnus (from MA or BA courses) is eligible to submit. Please state your course and year of graduation in your covering email.


Word Length: Up to 5,000 words


Format: Word .doc or .docx file; double line spacing; at least 10-point font size; story title, author name and word count on first page; page number, story title and author name in header or footer on every subsequent page. No PDFs or Apple Works, etc. please.


How: Please email your file to with the subject heading “MIR12 submission”.


The editors’ decision is final. Due to time pressure, no formal feedback can be given if your piece is not selected.


We look forward to reading your stories!


Julia Bell and Sue Tyley



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