Deptford Literature Festival

Celebrating the diversity and creativity of South East London.

Taking place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at various locations around Deptford, Deptford Literature Festival will feature performances, readings, workshops and more, with activities led by local writers and creatives: Inua Ellams, Ella Frears, Jamie Hale, TOKEN Magazine and Round Table Books.

We are currently looking for people to get involved through:
* an open call for festival activities, and
* asking writers and creatives from backgrounds underrepresented in publishing to submit creative work to a special Deptford Literature Festival edition of TOKEN Magazine.

The full programme will be announced on 27 January 2020.

Deptford Literature Festival is run by Spread the Word in collaboration with Producer Tom MacAndrew, and funded by Arts Council England. Festival identity created by Ben Jones.

Deptford Literature Festival Open Call

We are currently seeking artists and arts organisations to apply to be part of the Deptford Literature Festival programme.

We have 5 open commissions of £500 available to writers, artists and arts organisations based in Deptford and Lewisham to deliver activity as part of the festival.

Commissions could include: writing workshops, readings, performances, talks, walks, participatory sessions, cross-arts activity, local heritage activity and more… 

The only stipulations are that activity takes place on 14 March at the Festival, is literature based, and has a connection to Deptford and the surrounding area.

To apply, we ask applicants to send us a proposal of no more than 2 sides of A4.

You can apply and read more info about what we’re looking for in proposals on Submittable here:

Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants will hear back by 20 December 2019.


Deptford Literature Festival is partnering with TOKEN Magazine, to produce a special edition issue.

TOKEN Magazine, founded in 2017, is a literature and arts print magazine that features under-represented writers and artists. 

This special edition issue TOKEN is looking for writing inspired by Deptford and Lewisham, with a preference for writers based in the area. The founder of TOKEN Magazine has lived in Lewisham since she moved to London eight years ago (excusing her brief stint in Hackney). We want to celebrate both the richness of the area, and the art and literature that comes from it. That said, you can loosely interpret the theme, if you wish. 

We’re looking for short stories, life writing, photography, artwork, illustrations, poems, and comic strips. For details on each art form please read the guidelines on our Submittable page. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 13 December 2019. The issue will be published for Deptford Literature Festival on 14 March 2020. 

For more information about this callout and to submit your work, please visit: