Chris Samuel, co-editor of iiii Magazine, an arts and culture publication formed by former students of The Royal College of Art., is on the lookout for writers who fancy penning a 3,000-word essay for a book on football clubs in decline.
There is no fee for this. Instead an honorarium of £100 will be paid and the magazine editors are available to read drafts and discuss ideas. They are also keen that women writers are involved.
The venture is in collaboration with Classic Football Shirts. Specifically, they are looking at teams like Bolton, Millwall, and Charlton, established clubs who have had periods of success but whose existence has been under threat.
Goodnight, Gordon Banks. You were humility, elegance and instinct made flesh. From hauling coal in Tinsley to lifting the World Cup with England, you made it all look so damned easy. Gone is a god among goalies. pic.twitter.com/ql6ymWaTOx
— iiii (@iiiimagazine) February 12, 2019
Though recent Premier League TV deals mean the financial rewards for top-flight status have never been greater, many of English football’s former giants are now on the verge of oblivion. This may be through financial mismanagement, corruption, pressure from local councils due to gentrification, the compulsory purchase of land or the changing demographics of their local areas.
iiii Magazine need writers who can provide a nuanced consideration of club identities based on local history, societal shifts and the centrality of football to traditional working-class communities.
This collection of essays will form (crest), a print publication with photographs of club kits from throughout history and distribution provided by Classic Football Shirts. They have put together a list of potential clubs but are open to more general pitches on the subject.
There’s a word limit of 3,000, the deadline for pitches is Friday March 15 and successful pitches must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday April 30.
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