Deptford Literature Festival Open Call


We’re seeking London-based writers, poets, artists, arts and community organisations to apply to be part of the 2023 Deptford Literature Festival programme.

We have 5x open commissions of £600 available to writers, poets, artists, and arts/community organisations based in London; with a preference for artists and organisations based in Deptford or Lewisham or with clear connections to the area.

Commissions could include: writing workshops, readings, performances, talks, walks, participatory sessions, cross-arts activity, local heritage activity or whatever literature activity you think will connect with our audiences.

The only stipulations for your activity are that:

  • it takes place on Saturday 18 March 2023 as part of the Festival,

  • is literature based, and

  • has a connection to Deptford and the surrounding area and/or speaks to the Festival’s themes of climate, nature and food.

To apply, we ask applicants to send us a proposal of no more than 2 sides of A4 or an audio or video file no longer than 8 minutes long.

Your proposal should include:

  • Information about you/your organisation

  • Examples of, or links to, your previous work

  • An outline of your idea and how you plan to deliver it

  • Planned location / venue for your activity and whether this is confirmed

  • Any technical considerations

  • Description of how your activity meets the remit of the Festival

  • Audience(s) you think will engage with your activity

  • Contact details, including your postal address

The Festival will be able to offer:

  • We may have space availability at Deptford Lounge to host commissioned activity. We’re interested in activities that happen in different accessible venues / locations in Deptford. Please state in your proposal the planned location, and whether you have approached the venue(s) to confirm if they’d be willing to participate.

  • Marketing and communications support through Spread the Word’s marketing channels, mailing list and a Festival flyer.

  • BSL interpreters for your event.

You can apply on Submittable here:

You need to create an account on Submittable in order to submit your application which is free to do.

Deadline for applications is 10am Monday 9 January 2023. Applicants will hear back by Monday 16 January 2023.

We can’t wait to see your application.

Published 8 December 2022