Skin to Skin: Call out for Submissions of Flash Fiction / Micro Memoir

What do you see / feel / think / hear when you see this image:

It’s called ‘My World is Small’, an illustration by the incredible artist Clare Hansford inspired by my poem of the same title.

We both had our babies at the same time and we wanted to break the silence about the isolation and intimacy of early motherhood. That intense period, known as the fourth trimester, where the baby still craves the warm, wet safety of the womb.

So I wrote poems and Clare made illustrations in scraps of time we stole between feeds, naps, nappies and argh-moments. Now it’s ready as an exhibition to share with you and it opens in July at Python Gallery and we want you to be part of it.

You can read the full story behind the exhibition being born here Skin to Skin: The truth about the fourth trimester.

So if you can’t make the real life exhibition because you don’t live nearby or you’re in the fourth trimester right now and haven’t yet worked out how to leave the house (we’ve all been there) we’re sharing this sneaky peek at this artwork and we’d like you to send us your flash fiction, poetry or micro-memoir in response.

  • You don’t have to be a mother or a woman to respond.
  • It doesn’t have to be about the fourth trimester it can just be your response to the image.
  • It can be anonymous if it’s too personal.

A few guidelines:

• No more than 500 words
• Submissions in 12pt Times New Roman, word document
• We know you wouldn’t, but no hate please
• Deadline: 30th June 2019

Selected work will appear in a booklet alongside the exhibition and will be shared here on The Book of Godless Verse Website.

Please send your responses to with the subject heading SKIN TO SKIN FLASH

We can’t wait to read your work!!!

The Exhibition

Skin to Skin will open at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough from 6th July and run till September.

Author: Carmen Marcus

As the daughter of a Yorkshire Fisherman and Irish Mother, my writing brings together the visceral and the magical. My debut novel #How Saints Die was published with Harvill Secker in 2017. It won New Writing North's Northern Promise Award as a work in progress and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2018. My poetry has been commissioned by BBC Radio, The Royal Festival Hall and Durham Book Festival. As a child of an 80s council estate I am an advocate for working class writers and stories. I’m currently working on my first poetry collection The Book of Godless Verse and my next novel. I try to live up to the words of my first critic and primary school teacher ‘weird minus one house point.’

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