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The Braag is an arts and literature community interest company based in Newcastle upon Tyne that supports underrepresented and marginalised writers in the NE of England for around two and a half years. It’s run by Director and Editor, Kym Deyn, who was originally from Teesside, and was named after a Northumbrian trickster spirit. It’s the home of the much-thought-of literary magazine, Carmen et Error, which showcases the best of strange microfiction and poetry.

The organisation has recently received funding as part of New Writing North’s Young Creatives scheme to publish poetry and speculative fiction chapbooks (a smaller book with around 20-40 pages, for those not in the know). Writers from the region (as well as from further afield who take inspiration from the region) are encouraged to submit to the new press. As part of The Braag’s aim to remove structural barriers that stop emerging writers from becoming published, the press will offer generous royalties on full-length pamphlets and transparent contracts – a departure from many traditional publishing models which feature low royalties, hidden contractual clauses, and difficult submission processes. 

The first chapbook published will be Unfurl, a collaborative portrait of a strange world. Submissions in May, with the aim of publishing two poetry pamphlets alongside a selection of poetry and fiction micro-chapbooks within the next year.

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