Spring Submissions

Open: January 1st 2021
Deadline:  Midnight February 14th 2021


Issue 15 Co-editors:
Jo Clement and Ian Humphreys

​Eligible poets should currently be based in the UK or ROI. Each issue includes some authors who share a connection to Northern England or whose poems explore ‘the North’ thematically or tangentially. Our poets don't exclusively live in the North or write about it. We include a 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 We read your work completely anonymously and publish established authors alongside previously unpublished and emerging voices. It's our ethos to publish accomplished poems by the most exciting poets. Go on,  blow our hair back!

We operate a best practice policy whereby poems of great promise - that are perhaps a little dog eared - will still be long listed. As experienced editors, we may suggest changes to improve poems in terms of their musicality and meaning, as well as the basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar. We are happy to hear why particular choices have been made but will never publish work that falls below the standard readers expect from Butcher’s Dog.


Submissions are free. Please consider dropping a few quid in our Tip Jar to contribute toward rising publication costs. You should read any publication before sending work for inclusion so if you've never held a copy of the Dog, please buy one of our magazines or consider taking out a subscription.

Ineligible and simultaneous submissions do not cost us money but they do cost time. As an independent and unfunded publisher this is our most valuable asset. Please be mindful of this courtesy and only send us work that is not being read elsewhere.

If you don't follow the guidelines, you'll stand out for the wrong reasons.


Please send us a single Word document or .pdf containing your poems:  

  • No more than three unpublished and original poems.

  • A new page for each poem (40 lines per poem max).

  • Text only: no colours, fonts or images.

  • Author’s name should not appear on poems.

  • Translations of contemporary work accepted where permission to publish is secured in advance.

The last page of the above document must contain your contact details:

  • A brief hello and/or short biography is very welcome.

  • Your full name and postal address. (Without exception you must currently live in the UK or ROI).

  • A valid email address. (Please check this is correct or we can't reply with an outcome.)

  • A list of poem titles.

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Midnight, February 14th 2021

The above process allows the editors to read your poems anonymously. 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 contact page. Please double check you have included a valid email address within the document you are submitting as we can't reply without one.

Ready? To launch the Submissions Portal click the dog, below.  Uploading is simple: you can either manually select your file or drag and drop. All that's left to do is complete the short form and click send. ​

You’ll receive an automated email to confirm (please check junk or spam if no confirmation comes through). This means your poems are now with the editors. Changes cannot be made after this time, so make sure to do your best editing before you press send.


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