April 2017

Bloody hell! We've only gone and received the editor's choice nomination at this year's Saboteur Awards! We're super delighted to have managed to have made it on to the shortlist and would love to go on and win the thing. Fancy helping us out? Click HERE and give us your vote!
And if you're down London way on 13 May you can book tickets for the awards ceremony at Vout-O-Reenee's here.

Butcher’s Dog welcomes Edward Doegar as Guest Editor of issue 9

We're absolutely thrilled that Edward Doegar will be joining us as BD9 Guest Editor. After working with Edward on The Rialto's Editor Development Programme, co-founder Degna Stone thought he'd be the perfect choice to co-edit the new issue. We'll also be joined by our second Assistant Editor, Laura Tansley. Laura has appeared in BD4 and BD8 and we're looking forward to working with her to draw up our longlist. 

Edward Doegar's a Complete Works fellow and contributing editor at The RialtoHe has a pamphlet forthcoming from clinic in 2017.

Laura Tansley is a poetry and prose writer interested in moments of transition and movement along and across boundaries. Her work has appeared in Cosmonaut's Avenue, Gutter, Lighthouse, Litro, New Writing Scotland, The Real Story, The Rialto and is forthcoming in Southword, Stand and Tears in the Fence. She is also co-editor of the collection 'Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determining the Form'. She lives in Glasgow and tweets from @laura_tans.

November 2016

Butcher’s Dog is looking for North-East based poets to join the editorial team

Our lovely co-founders Andrew Sclater and Amy Mackelden have stepped down from the editorial team and so we're looking for talented and experienced poets to join Butcher's Dog.  This is an excellent opportunity for poets based in the north east of England who are interested in developing their editorial skills and gaining first-hand experience of putting together a poetry magazine. If this sounds like the sort of thing you'd fancy please email to find out more. 

Some experience of editing is desirable and a passion for contemporary poetry is essential.
Editing the magazine is a labour of love for us all so this is a voluntary role.

June 2016

Butcher’s Dog welcomes original tutor of the founding editors, Clare Pollard, as Guest Editor for issue 8

The magazine was founded by a group of poets who each won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North and then attended a joint bursary programme organised by New Writing North and The Poetry School - delivered by poet Clare Pollard.  Butcher’s Dog are delighted to be working with Clare again to produce issue eight of the magazine.

Founding co-editor Sophie F Baker explains: “We’ve had a lot of fun working with poets as Guest Editors on Butcher’s Dog, and when Amy Mackelden, Degna Stone and I were first chatting about our plans for issue eight, we got very excited at the idea of asking Clare, our tutor at the very beginning, to join us. We all admire her work hugely, and loved working with her back in 2011. When she agreed to join us, we couldn’t have been happier, and are looking forward to shaping the next edition with Clare’s editorial sensibility in the mix.”

Clare said “I’ve been privileged to watch Butcher’s Dog grow from its beginnings, and become one of the most beautiful and interesting poetry magazines in the UK. The rotating editorship and anonymous submissions keep it fresh and fair, and I’m really looking forward to being part of that process and having my assumptions overturned by some of the mystery poets. Not to mention getting back in touch with northern literary roots!”

Oct 2015

Butcher’s Dog is thrilled to welcome award-winning poet Pippa Little as co-editor of issue seven

Pippa Little, no stranger to Butcher’s Dog having appeared in issue 2, was a natural choice to guest edit the forthcoming issue. She is “very excited about being part of the Butcher's Dog 7 team, looking forward to working with Andrew Sclater, Jake Campbell and discovering some amazing new poems.” 

Pippa Little is a poet who reviews and translates a bit, too. Overwintering came out from OxfordPoets/Carcanet 2012 and she's working on her next collection. Her work appears in print and online and in anthologies, the most recent being Emergency Poetry edited by Deborah Alma, which has reached number one spot in the Amazon best selling poetry anthology charts. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University.

May 2015

Photographs of our fantastic launch generously hosted by Live Theatre. With thanks to Simon Williams.

January 2015

Butcher’s Dog welcomes award-winning poet Carolyn Jess-Cooke as co-editor of issue five in its ongoing programme of guest editorships.

Following the success of guest co-editing issue four of Butcher’s Dog with The Poetry School, we put out our second open call for applications to the role of guest co-editor. Carolyn Jess-Cooke was chosen, with great deliberation, from a very strong crop of applicants, all of whom were poets with a real, palpable enthusiasm for the ethos behind Butcher’s Dog.

Carolyn stood out as a poet and editor with a great deal of experience of contemporary poetry, both in its production and in its appreciation. She has published two poetry collections and two novels, has been placed in numerous poetry competitions and has performed at many festivals around the country. She is also currently lecturer in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and poetry advisor for Mslexia. The editors felt that she would bring a wealth of experience to editing issue five, and a different voice and expertise to the magazine as it goes from strength to strength.

Founding co-editor Amy Mackelden explains: “There were some amazing applications to guest edit Butcher’s Dog, we were really excited to consider them. Carolyn’s range of industry experience, her passion to discover new writing as evidenced by her teaching and extensive blogging, and recent projects she has self-started from scratch which have included call outs for poetry on motherhood and mental health made us feel she’d be a great fit for the Dog.

Carolyn is “super excited to be guest-editing BD – I think it’s an excellent, gorgeously produced magazine and I really think it is going places. I’m very proud to be involved and shall expect top-rate submissions!”

Carolyn will co-edit with Amy Mackelden and Andrew Sclater, and will blog about the process on her website, helping to demystify the editing process and provide insight into editing a poetry magazine.

CAROLYN JESS-COOKE is a Northern Irish poet and novelist currently living in Whitley Bay. Her awards include an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors, a Tyrone Guthrie Award, and she has twice received a Northern Promise Award. Her novels have been published in 22 languages and one is being made into a Hollywood film. She is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.

December 2014

Some pics from the London launch of issue 4 - at Travelling Through.. in London

November 2014

After a wonderful experience co-editing BD4 with the delightful folk at The Poetry School, Butcher’s Dog is on the lookout for another guest editor. This is an excellent opportunity for poets interested in developing their editorial skills and gaining first-hand experience of putting together a poetry magazine. If you’re a talented and experienced poet (or a like-minded organisation) we’d love you to hear from you. 

You’ll be paired with Andrew Sclater (co-editor of BD2) who will guide you through our editorial process. No experience of editing a poetry magazine is necessary but a passion for contemporary poetry is essential.
If you’re not familiar with our gorgeous magazine but would like to guest edit BD5 you might want to take a look at what we do. Get to know us a bit better by buying a copy of Butcher's Dog, chances are if you like what you read you’ll love working with us. And if you’d like to get an insight into the editorial process have a look at this blog post from BD4 guest editor Will Barrett.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you fancy please email for more information on how to apply. Deadline 1 January 2015.

The role of guest editor is unpaid but expenses will be covered and you will also receive two complimentary copies of the magazine.

October 2014


Blimey! Is it really two years since we launched the very first issue of Butcher's Dog at Durham Book Festival? It blummin well is. And here we are just a week or so away from launching issue 4, co-edited by our very own Sophie F Baker and the marvellous folk at The Poetry School, back in the Land of the Prince Bishops.

We'd love you all to come along and hear some of the excellent poets that appear in our fourth issue. Confirmed readers are: Jane Burn, Joanne Clement, Andrew Fentham, Ira Lightman, Lisa Matthews, Sarah Moor, Laura Tansley and Kate Wakeling.

Date: Saturday 11 October 
Time: 7.30pm-9pm
Venue: Empty Shop HQ, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ
Tickets: £6 (includes a copy of our gorgeous magazine)

Click the festival logo below to book tickets

August 2014

Some pics from the splendid London launch, by Marcos Avlonitis

July 2014

Butcher’s Dog is thrilled to announce that issue four will be guest co-edited by The Poetry School,

Following the success of the first three issues of Butcher’s Dog, an open call for a guest editor was put out to co-edit issue four. Will Barrett applied on behalf of The Poetry School and their application was chosen from a shortlist of seven, all of which displayed a fierce passion for contemporary poetry and a desire to reach new audiences.

Every applicant had a strong connection to the current poetry scene and an enthusiasm for the ethos behind Butcher’s Dog. This was particularly true of The Poetry School whose application focussed on their desire to learn about the magazine editing process, building relationships with writers and readers, creating more transparency about how the world of poetry publication works and uncovering excellent talent.

 “The Poetry School is delighted to be taking up the Guest Editor’s chair for issue four of Butcher’s Dog, and we’re immensely looking forward to reading through all the submissions, discovering ear-catching new poems, and fiercely disagreeing with one another as to what should go in. It is wonderful to be able to revive our relationship with the Butcher’s Dog group on this new and exciting stage in their professional development.

“The Poetry School is a national organisation founded on supporting diversity in the arts, deeply committed to the diverging communities of readers and writers that both sustain and enliven contemporary poetry. We hope this new collaboration is just one step towards helping many others recognise some of the highly original and important work happening at the grassroots level all over the UK.”
The Butcher’s Dog co-editors – Luke Allan, Sophie F Baker, Jake Campbell, Amy Mackelden, Andrew Sclater and Degna Stone – are excited to broaden the scope of the guest editorship with The Poetry School. Throughout the collaboration there will be a blog on The Poetry School website tracking the process of editing BD4, giving poets and readers an understanding of the things magazine editors are looking for and dispelling a few myths along the way.

Issue four is currently open for submissions until 10 August 2014.

BD3 London Launch!

We're very excited that we'll be hosting a wonderful evening of poetry from some of our issue three contributors at the Poetry CafĂ© in Covent Garden, London. 

We'll have readings from: Jo Brandon, Natacha Bryan, Neil Fulwood, Rosie Garland, Howard Laughton, Danny O'Connor and Tom Vickers.

The London launch is on the 7th August, 7-9pm. Tickets are just £4, and include a complimentary glass of wine, interval blackout poem fun and more fantastic poetry than you can shake a stick at. (Just don't shake it too hard, or the Dogs will get all excited).

What are you waiting for?

Eventbrite - Butcher's Dog Issue 3 Launch

Fancy being a Guest Editor?

Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine is looking for a talented and experienced poet to co-edit the next issue.  This is an excellent opportunity for poets interested in developing their editorial skills and gaining first-hand experience of putting together a poetry magazine.

You’ll be paired with one of the founding poets, who will take you through our editorial process; together you will select the poems that will make it into the next issue of Butcher’s Dog. No experience of editing a poetry magazine is necessary but a passion for contemporary poetry is essential.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you fancy email for more details. Deadline 19 June 2014.

The role of guest editor is unpaid but expenses will be covered and you will also receive two complimentary copies of the magazine.

BD3 Launch!

You're invited to join us for afternoon tea to celebrate the launch of BD3 at the Toffee Factory on Saturday 7 June at 5pm! (Yes, 5pm. Who says poetry launches have to wait for the sun to go down?) 

You don't have to pay to come along to our launch but we'd love you forever if you bought a copy of our gorgeous magazine when you do...

Eventbrite - Butcher's Dog Issue 3 Launch

Toffee Factory - Newcastle

So that's that!

Our hard working editors Sophie, Jake and Amy have made their final selections. We were staggered to receive over 730 poems from 280 poets and we now have a clutch of rather marvellous poems to fill the pages of our third issue. We'll be posting details of the featured poets soon... 

So all that's left to do is select the cover artwork, typeset the thing and have a party! It'd be grand if you could come and help us celebrate the launch of BD3 on Saturday 7 June (time tbc) at the really rather wonderful Toffee Factory so don't forget to save the date. It'll be aces. 

Butcher's Dog secures Arts Council Funding

We're delighted to announce that Butcher's Dog has secured Arts Council funding to support the magazine for the next two years. 

You might have been wondering when Issue 2 was going to make an appearance and we're happy to let you know that we now have a publication date of October 2013. It took a wee while longer than we anticipated to go from the initial publication, which showcased the founders' work, to a magazine that accepted open submissions. We received over 300 submissions and have selected work from twenty fantastic poets for inclusion in Issue 2. We'll be holding a launch event in Newcastle in the autumn so keep checking the website and our twitter feed for details.

Issue 1 is available at the New Writing North shop.

Butcher's Dog Launched!

Butcher’s Dog, a new biannual poetry magazine, was launched at Durham Town Hall's Burlison Gallery. The first issue was commissioned by Durham Book Festival.

The event included readings from contributors Sophie F Baker, Andrew Sclater, Degna Stone, Luke Allan, Amy Mackelden, and special guest Clare Pollard.

Each issue of Butcher's Dog is co-edited, the first issue was edited by Luke Allan and Wendy Heath.

Thursday 25 October, 6pm - 7pm
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)