Call for Submissions!
We at GJB Publishing are welcoming submissions from anybody suffering with mental health issues who use art and the arts to help them cope.
We are publishing two books - the first an anthology of articles, poems, and short stories, and the second an adult colouring book. Both books will comprise work submitted from individuals keen to express their individuality and the ways in which they use art as a coping mechanism.
All proceeds from both books will be donated to mental health charity Mind.
Please note that neither of the aforementioned books are affiliated with MIND. Written submissions and artwork are compiled independently, and the published books will not reflect the values or opinions of Mind.
Headspace: Mental Health and the Creative Mind
For the written anthology, we would like to hear how you use the creative arts, either as a form of escapism or as a way to cope with mental health problems. Does having a creative mind help or hinder you? Tell us of your experiences, and by doing so we can keep the conversation going about mental health and the ways in which people cope.
Submissions for the anthology can be in any form: essays, poems, short stories, whichever way you feel would best express your thoughts. While submissions should address links between art and mental health in some way, this does not have to be transparent, and we welcome creativity. A maximum count of 5,000 words per submission applies. Multiple submissions from each contributor are accepted.
Colours of the Mind
The second book is an adult colouring book comprising artwork by people who live with mental health issues. The subject matter can be anything you wish, whatever you feel would best represent your appreciation for or dependence on art as an escape or coping mechanism. It can either depict what it feels like to live with a mental health condition or a piece of artwork that just helps you from day to day.
Our in-house graphics designer will transform your artwork into colouring pages so that others can enjoy the creative and therapeutic process often gained from adult colouring books.
Contributors for both projects may remain anonymous if requested.
GJB Publishing will retain the right to edit any work if necessary.
As all proceeds are being donated to charity we can't offer recompense for your contribution but you would retain full copyright of your work.
SUBMITTING YOUR WORK
Art submissions can be on any subject but must be ink line art.
They can either be emailed to hello@GJBpublishing.co.uk
or posted to:
For digital submissions files must be A4, 300 dpi jpeg images
Written submissions and any questions can be emailed to hello@GJBpublishing.co.uk
DEADLINE: 30th SEPTEMBER 2019
Please note that it is completely FREE to submit your writing and artwork for both of these books.
However, donations to Mind are always encouraged, and can be made HERE.
We aim to publish both books before the end of 2019.