Special Edition of TOKEN Magazine looking for new writing and artworks inspired by Deptford and Lewisham


Image: Jess Nash

Deptford Literature Festival is again partnering with TOKEN Magazine, to produce a special edition issue for our 2022 festival.

This special edition issue of TOKEN is looking for writing inspired by Deptford and Lewisham, with a preference for writers and artists based in the area. 

TOKEN Magazine, founded in 2017, is a literature and arts print magazine that features under-represented writers and artists. It is run by Sara Jafari, who both designs and edits the magazine, with the aim of championing under-represented voices, and telling stories that are not often heard through mainstream channels. 

Sara has lived in Lewisham since she moved to London eight years ago and together want to celebrate both the richness of the area, and the art and literature that comes from it. 

We’re looking for:

  • short stories

  • life writing

  • photography

  • artwork

  • illustrations

  • poems

  • comic strips

For details on each art form please read the below guidelines. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 12 December at 11pm 2021. The issue will be published for Deptford Literature Festival on 19 March 2022. 

Support from Arts Council England means we are able to offer a £75 fee to all selected contributors, who will also receive a copy of the magazine. 

To submit, please visit: http://spreadtheword.submittable.com/submit/207064/token-magazine-x-deptford-literature-festival-2022  

Deadline: Sunday 12 December, 11pm 2021


Please note: we only accept submissions from under-represented writers and artists. As part of your submission we will ask you to confirm and state briefly how you are under-represented. By under-represented we mean writers from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds who experience racism in our society; LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities; those who have a disability; or those who come from a socio-economically marginalised background. We recognise that you may be under-represented and not be from these backgrounds, and in this case we’d suggest you submit, following the below guidelines and stating how you are under-represented. 

We only accept works that have not been published before (though if part of it has, that’s fine).

Support from Arts Council England means we are able to offer a £75 fee to all selected contributors, who will also receive a copy of the magazine.

Short Stories, Life Writing, Articles and Interviews 

The word count for written pieces is 500 – 3000 words. We’ll only be accepting one written submission per submitter, due to the amount of submissions we receive. So please send your best work. 


You can submit a maximum of 3 poems, with a maximum of 3 pages each. Please send them all in one document. 

Artwork and Photography

In addition to your artwork and photography we’d also like a short description accompanying the piece.

Comic Strips

You can submit an already drawn comic strip – or you can pitch an idea to us, with a link to your portfolio.  


Unless you have a series of illustrations you’d like to submit (if so, we’d suggest following the ‘art and photography’ guidelines), we work closely with the illustrators after the written pieces are commissioned. We then match illustrators to written pieces and send a brief. If you are interested in being a part of this process, please state your interest. In addition to this, please also send us across past examples of your work/your portfolio. 

Published 25 October 2021