Call for proposals

Arrhythmia – Writing / Publishing Opportunity

Book Works, London, United Kingdom
Deadline: 05 November 2021

Arrhythmia – Writing / Publishing Opportunity

Arrhythmia – a new Book Works open submission series guest-edited by Katrina Palmer



Guest-edited by artist Katrina Palmer, Arrhythmia is a new series that offers an opportunity for artists and writers whose work explores ideas of being out of joint with the predominant social order, whether through disrupted trajectories, physical displacement, or political dissonance. Book Works is particularly interested in experimental work that articulates a discontinuous sense of identity, and writing, or the combination of writing and images in which the rhythm of the text is self-consciously questioned.



Three proposals will be selected for publication from this open submission. Arrhythmia follows previous series commissioned from open call, including: SeminaG.S.O.H The Rest is Dark, The Rest is DarkCommon ObjectivesContact and their most recent open submissions series, Interstices, guest edited by Bridget Penney.

Book Works wants to develop a project with you and is not looking for completed works in search of distribution. They are interested in ideas that can be shared and realised through their editorial process, or works already in progress that would benefit from development through their editorial and publishing process. They would encourage projects that also have the potential to disseminate beyond the printed page – as performance, spoken word, sound or digital images, especially where such possibilities are integral to the process of developing the text.

Work can be submitted from UK and internationally based individuals, groups or collectives, in English language only. They are interested in submissions from artists and writers often unrecognised by mainstream institutions, and in particular those from the African Diaspora, liberation groups or whose minority identity has historically marginalised them.



Book Works will offer a fee to the three commissioned artists or writers of £1,250. There will also be a small budget allocated for expenses and travel.



Submissions must be sent via email to Lizzie Homersham by midnight (GMT) on 1 November 2021, and include:

  • Outline of your proposal (500 words)
  • Sample of proposed work (1,500-2,500 words)
  • CV (max 2 pages).  Please include the following contact details at the top of the first page: postal address, email address, contact telephone number/skype contact.
  • A completed Equal Opportunities form (download PDF here).



Katrina Palmer and Book Works will draw up a shortlist from this open call, and selected artists and writers will be contacted. Book Works may need to talk to those selected about their proposed project or request additional information, and all shortlisted artists/writers will receive feedback. The successful commissions will be announced in January 2022.



Katrina Palmer is an artist based in London. She is Associate Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin, University of Oxford. In 2007 The Dark Object was selected from open submission as part of the Semina series, guest edited by Stewart Home and published by Book Works. Other projects with Book Works include: ‘Dr Sinclair’s Drawer’, an exhibition produced by Book Works and Flat Time House (2013), The Fabricators Tale (2014), and End Matter, co-published with Artangel (2015). Her solo exhibitions include: Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), Brotherton Library, University of Leeds (2017), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2015) and Artangel (2015). From 22 May to 14 November 2021, two new outdoor artworks, HELLO and RETREAT can be seen in Southend-on-Sea.


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