'Oke Romanõ ĉeriklõ! Dikása kâlén!'
Wagtail is the exciting new publishing imprint from Butcher's Dog, established with thanks to support from the esteemed European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).
In 2020, our Managing Editor Jo Clement invited female-identifying Roma to join an inclusive reading and writing community. From around the globe, the group accessed free and high-quality writing tuition to express intra-ethnic identity, culture, history and heritage.
We kick start Wagtail with The Roma Women's Poetry Anthology, due Spring 2021. This anthology - the first publication by the imprint - will celebrate marginalised Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) voices and present a selection of women writers who are historically excluded by mainstream publishers.
Submissions are now open to female-identifying GRT writers across the globe. If you'd like your work to be considered for inclusion by this independent imprint, please send a single Word document or .pdf that contains up to three poems:
Please give each poem a new page.
Previously published and unpublished poems are accepted. (Please state original publisher and year, where applicable).
Text only: no colours, hard to read fonts or images.
Poems in translation and poems that work fluidly across languages are welcome. Please note the editorial team work primarily in English/Romanes. Glosses are welcome.
Don't forget to include a contact sheet. This is basically one more page with your full name, postal address and a valid email address, so we can get back in touch with you after the deadline closes. You can also say hello and add any notes/additional info here too.
To upload your submission, please click the green button below.
This will take you to the portal.
Midnight February 28th 2021.
Poets retain full copyright and ownership rights to their work. Contributor copies are provided in lieu of a fee. This is an international anthology and we will post contributor copies first class and internationally at no cost to the poet. Full guidance will be provided on how to claim royalties from inclusion in the publication.
We are a non-profit press and follow the same processes and practices as Butcher's Dog poetry magazine which currently runs entirely on volunteered time. Any and all sale profits directly cover costs for the next publication and essential press outgoings such as printer ink, domain and software fees. Our independent press is able to survive this way, with hundreds of hours donated by industry professionals and award-winning writers.
The model proves successful to help generate an industry recognised publication record for as many marginalised writers as possible.
This endeavour is designed by and for female-identifying Romani women. A female-identifying Romani editor has been commissioned and paid to compile the anthology and write an introductory essay. A female-identifying Romani artist has been commissioned and paid a fee to create the anthology cover art, which will be revealed upon the anthology launch later this year.