Submissions Open for Issue 13
Deadline: Midnight February 14th 2020
Eligible poets should currently be based in the UK and ROI. Each issue includes authors who share a connection to Northern England or whose poems explore ‘the North’ thematically or tangentially. Please note: the poets we publish in our magazine don't exclusively live in the North or write about it - our mission is include strong mix of work.
So what do we publish? Put simply: great poetry. There is no other theme. We read your work completely anonymously and publish established authors alongside previously unpublished emerging voices. In line with our ethos we accept accomplished poems that blow our hair back.
We also operate a best practice policy whereby poems of great promise that are perhaps a little dog eared can be polished up with the kind of editorial guidance we can give. As your readers, this advice is invaluable. Not everyone takes it and we're always happy to debate the nuances of what works in a poem and why.
Translations of contemporary work are welcomed where permission to publish has been secured in advance with the author.
Submissions are free. Please consider dropping a few quid in our Tip Jar. This contributes toward rising publication costs. You should read any publication before sending your work so if you've never held a copy, please buy one of our magazines or consider a subscription.
Ineligible and simultaneous submissions do not cost us money but they certainly cost time. As an independent and unfunded publisher this is our most valuable asset. Please be mindful of this courtesy and only send work that is not being read elsewhere.
If you don't follow the guidelines below, you'll stand out for the wrong reasons.
How to Submit
Send us one file. Word document or .pdf, this should contain:
No more than three unpublished and original poems
A new page for each poem (40 lines max)
Text only: absolutely no colours, unusual fonts or images
Author’s name should not appear anywhere on poems
The final page should be a covering letter:
Hellos and biographies are lovely. Be as brief or detailed as you like.
Include your full name and postal address. Without exception you must currently live in the UK or ROI.
Include a valid email address. This is how we contact you with an outcome. Please check this is right or we can't reply.
A list of titles of the poems you've sent.
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This process allows the Editors to read your poems anonymously so please follow it closely. Once we have arrived upon our long list - this usually takes a couple of months - we get in touch via the email address contained in your Covering Letter. Please double check you have included a valid email address. We can't reply without one.
Got your document ready? Click below to launch the Submissions Portal. Uploading is very simple- you can either manually select your file or for those who like to drag and drop, the page supports this function too. All that's left to do is complete the short form and click send.
You’ll receive an automated email to confirm (sometimes your junk or spam filters will catch the email - do check). This means your poems are now with the Editors. Changes cannot be made after this time. Please make sure to do your best editing before you press send then click below to submit.