Between the Lines 2020: creative writing by City Lit students


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

Editors: Claire Allen, Helen Cox, and Maria Thomas


Purchase a copy of this year's anthology

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 

One free copy will be posted to each contributor.


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 > 


This year's launch

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on Friday 4 December 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.

Between the Lines 2021

All of our students on writing courses from May 2020 - May 2021 are warmly encouraged to send in their writing to be considered for inclusion in Between the Lines 2021.

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 Sunday 30 May 2021.

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.

We look forward to receiving your work!

Malorie Blackman Scholarships 2021-22 - now open for applications

City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for Unheard Voices provide three annual awards worth up to £1000 each, to fund one year’s study within the Creative Writing department at City Lit.  The awards seek to support and encourage the creative and professional development of ‘unheard voices’ writing with the final award winners selected by acclaimed writer, City Lit fellow and Patron of the School of Humanities & Sciences, Malorie Blackman OBE.

Learn more and apply >

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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