The Alternative Three Cities


In early 2007 the Literature Development Network launches issue one of Tripod, a new magazine showcasing the best of written and spoken literature around the three cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. The magazine will raise the regional and national profile of writers and the distinctive literature communities in and around the three cities.

For our debut issue we are challenging writers to submit stories and poems that respond to the theme ‘The Alternative’. Submissions can be alternative visions of life in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, or they could go far beyond any geographical boundaries. What we want is exceptional literature that delves beneath the surface of the everyday to reveal untold stories, hidden people and places; stories of imagination about life as it might have been or as it could be.

The most distinctive pieces will be published in the first issue of Tripod, the latest project from the Literature Development Network. The follow-up to the successful Tale of Three Cities anthology, Tripod will provide a national platform for the region’s best writing through the magazine and series of podcasts, to be hosted on the Literature Development Network’s forthcoming website.

For submission guidelines please see Leicester Literature.

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