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 your 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 email you with a long list of outcomes.
Due to the exceptionally high numbers of submissions that we receive, editorial feedback cannot be given to everyone. If you'd like to request editorial comments on your work, this is available for a small fee, calculated as per the guidelines from the Society of Authors, and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. Please click here 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 All we ask in return is that you send us your best three unpublished poems, buy a copy of our magazine or tell your friends about our canny little press. Subscribers are our very favourite people.
The editorial team is currently 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. Donations have no impact on the poems that are selected for publication but do contribute directly toward printing costs and helps to keep us in press. Find out more by clicking here.
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 Allan, Jake Campbell, Sophie F Baker, Wendy Heath, Amy Mackelden, Andrew Sclater and Degna Stone have since disbanded, moving onto new things. Degna Stone was Managing Editor from 2012-2018.
In keeping with tradition, our Creative Director and Managing Editor Jo Clement secured a Northern Writers' Award in 2012. She shakes up each submission call by working with the finest emerging poets and editors. This keeps our content fresh and our reader's tongues (and tails) wagging.
From 2021 Butcher's Dog is the parent publisher to the imprint Wagtail.