A London micropublisher is looking to compile a second anthology

Praspar Press is looking for works for a second anthology of Maltese writing. KAT STORAGE talk to Lara Zamit on the call for applications.

Praspar Press, a micropublisher founded in 2020 in London by Kat Storace and Jen Calleja, is currently seeking submissions for its second anthology of Maltese writing.

The Publisher accepts original unpublished works of poetry, short fiction, excerpts from novels and literary non-fiction translated into English from Maltese accompanied by the original text in Maltese and works originally written in English . Submissions are open until February 15 at midnight (CET).

“Praspar Press was established to support contemporary Maltese literature written in English and translated into English,” the founders state.

The anthology follows the success of twinklesthe publisher’s first anthology published in 2021.

“We have been really encouraged by the positive response we have received from Scintillas, both in Malta and here in the UK,” Storace said, speaking to Malta weather.

“We’ve had tremendous support from independent booksellers, including the London Review of Books, Burley Fisher, Hastings Bookshop, Mallia & D’Amato and Kixott, as well as critics, other small publishers, writers, translators and, above all, readers. ”

Submissions are open until February 15 at midnight

Speaking about the success of their first anthology, Storace said the publisher always envisioned it as the first in a series of anthologies that would be published annually as Praspar Press. “Our aim is to continue to provide Maltese writers with an international platform and to help us connect with writers at all stages of their careers. We hope this will lead us to make great discoveries of writers and translators with whom we would like to work on future projects.

“We also know from experience that the majority of those working in UK publishing have not read any work by Maltese writers or translators, and we want to do our part to help them find talented people to publish.”

Storace recounted that when submissions for the first anthology opened in November 2020, they weren’t sure of the answer. However, they have received over 200 pieces from over 80 writers around the world.

“This response has definitely spurred us on to launch this second call for submissions and we would really like to encourage anyone who writes fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry to submit, even if they didn’t pass the first time,” she said. .

‘Scintillas’ and ‘What will it take for me to leave’ published by Praspar Press in 2021.

With twinklesthe publisher also published Loranne Vella’s Malta National Book Award nominated collection in 2021 What will it take for me to leave translated by Storace with photographs by Zvezdan Reljić.

The book is an enigmatic, dark, and sometimes humorous collection of short stories that lead readers to question our terms of engagement with the past, present, and future.

Full details on submissions can be found praspar.com/submissions. For any request concerning the press or the anthology, contact [email protected] The project is supported by the National Book Council of Malta.

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