Butcher's Dog is proudly edited and published in the heart of North East England. We print two unthemed poetry magazines each year in Spring and Autumn. Every issue features original cover artwork and contains a selection of up to twenty-five exceptional poems. We accept translations into English only if permission to publish the original poem is confirmed upon submission.
We promise to treat you, your work and time respectfully. This is a reciprocal relationship. Experienced editors carefully read all submitted poems on the merit of the work alone. Your identity remains anonymous until we need to email everyone with a long list outcome.
Due to the exceptionally high numbers of submissions we receive editorial feedback cannot be given. If you'd like to request editorial comment on your work, this is available for a small fee, calculated as per the guidelines from the Society of Authors of which we are a member. Please see our shop if you're interested to find out more.
We are a non-profit outfit and charge no submission fees. All we ask in return is that you send us your best three unpublished poems, buy a copy of our magazine or tell your friends about our canny little press.
Our editorial team are unpaid. We do have a tip-jar which means those who submit work can choose to gift us a small donation if they are in a position to do so. This donation has no impact on the poems that are selected for publication but contributes directly toward printing costs and helps to keep us in press.
Our popular magazine was founded in Newcastle, England in 2012 with financial support from New Writing North and Arts Council England. Each featured poet in the first issue received a Northern Writers’ Award in 2010 or 2011. Poet and mentor Clare Pollard helped to create an anthology of work and Butcher’s Dog began.
The original founders Luke Allen, Jake Campbell, Sophie F Baker, Wendy Heath, Amy Mackelden, Andrew Sclater and Degna Stone have since disbanded, moving onto new things. Degna was Managing Editor from 2010-2018.
In keeping with tradition, the current Creative Director and Managing Editor Jo Clement secured a Northern Writers' Award in 2012. She shakes up each submissions call by working with a brand new editorial team. This keeps our content fresh.