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Our annual anthology of creative writing

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Between the Lines is City Lit's annual anthology of poems, scripts and prose by our creative writing students. It showcases the work of writers across the entire range of our provision, from introductory courses such as Ways Into Creative Writing, right up to advanced courses in poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting and life writing.

Between the Lines 2021 - launching this autumn

Submissions for Between the Lines 2021 are now closed. 

Thanks so much to all City Lit writers who sent in their work - we can't wait to read it!

If you submitted your writing to be considered for inclusion in Between the Lines 2021, we'll be in touch over the summer to let you know the outcome.

We'll be holding a lunch event for Between the Lines 2021 in the autumn. Check back soon for more details!

Between the Lines 2022 - now open for submissions

We’re now accepting submissions for next year’s creative writing anthology.

All of our students on writing courses from May 2021 - May 2022 are warmly encouraged to send in their writing to be considered for inclusion in Between the Lines 2022.

The anthology will showcase the work of writers across the entire range of our writing courses, from introductory courses such as Ways into Creative Writing right up to advanced courses in poetry, fiction, drama and life writing. 

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to by midnight on Monday 30 May 2022.

We look forward to reading your work!

Submission guidelines

  • Poems must be 40 lines or fewer.
  • Prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) must be 1000 words or fewer.
  • Scripts must not exceed 2 A4 pages in length.
  • Extracts from longer works are welcome.
  • There is a maximum of two submissions per student.
  • Wherever possible please submit your work as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document.
  • In your submission document please include your name, state the form of your writing (e.g. poetry, prose, script), the title of the piece(s) submitted, course attended, name of tutor, and your student reference number (if available).
  • The decision of the editorial team is final. The editors cannot enter into correspondence about their editorial decisions and are unable to provide feedback on those entries not accepted for publication. Copyright remains with the author. City Lit reserves the right to publish in its Between the Lines 2021 anthology and to use accepted pieces for promotional purposes online and in print.

Between the Lines 2020 - eBook and print copies available


The 2020 anthology features work from students who studied at the college between April 2019 and April 2020.

Editors: Claire Allen, Helen Cox, and Maria Thomas 


Purchase your copy

You can now purchase a copy of Between the Lines 2020 for £7.00 via Lulu's online store >

All proceeds go towards printing costs and the City Lit Student Bursary Fund 


EBook download

Download a copy of the Between the Lines 2020 eBook via Google Drive using the download links below.

Download EPUB version for E-Readers >

Download MOBI version for Amazon Kindle > 

Download PDF version >

If you enjoy this free eBook version, please consider donating to the City Lit Student Bursary Fund > 


Between the Lines 2020 - launch event

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on Friday 4 December 2020 for the virtual launch of Between the Lines 2020, to hear some wonderful writing and to celebrate our fantastic creative writing students and tutors! You can watch a full recording of the launch below.

Online writing courses at City Lit

Learn to write stories, articles and poetry in the same college where big names in literature such as Dylan Thomas, Andrea Levy and Malorie Blackman have trained or taught.

You can now study from the comfort of your own home on our new range of interactive online courses whether you're just starting out or ready to publish your first book. The benefits of our online writing courses include expert tuition from a published author and feedback on your work as you develop your writing skills. There will also be opportunities to participate in group discussions and activities with fellow students.

Browse upcoming courses >


>> Get in touch at or give the Writing Department a call on 020 7492 2717.

>> Find out more about creative writing at City Lit.

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