Poetry Submissions Currently Closed

Issue 18 Opens:
Dec 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023


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.


Put simply? We publish great poetry. There is no other theme. We read your work anonymously and publish established authors alongside previously unpublished and emerging voices. It's our ethos to publish accomplished poems by the most exciting poets.

​We operate a best practice policy whereby poems of great promise - that are perhaps a little dog-eared - will still be longlisted. 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. 

It is always interesting to hear why particular choices have been made but will never publish work below the standard readers expect from Butcher’s Dog.


​​Via Submittable, link below. Please send us a single Word document or .pdf containing:

  • No more than three unpublished and original poems.

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

  • Text only: no colours, fonts, or images.

  • Your name should not appear on the page (including the in the body of the poems).

  • Translations are accepted where permission to publish is secured in advance from the original author/ their estate.

​Submissions are free. You should read any publication before sending work for inclusion. If you've never held a copy of the Dog, please buy one of our magazines, take out a subscription or ask your local library to get in touch with us. Please consider dropping a few quid in our Tip Jar to contribute toward rising publication costs. 

​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. The exception to this rule is if you are sending unpublished work from a forthcoming pamphlet or collection, in which case, we are very happy to read this work.

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


Our long listing process varies depending on the number of submissions we receive. At our most recent count, this is typically 3000.  We have an attentive reading process which can take a few months. Once we have arrived on the long list, we get in touch via the email address on your Submittable form. It is very important you ensure that this contact information is correct.


Once your poems have been submitted, they are with the editors and changes cannot be made after this time. Make sure to do your best editing before you press send. Click the link below to go to our Submittable page. Good luck!