'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 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:   

  • Give each poem a new page (40 lines max).

  • Previously published and unpublished poems are both accepted.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 so glosses are welcome! 

Don't forget to include a contact sheet: with your full name, postal address and valid email addres. You can add any notes or additional information here too. 


To upload your submission, please click the green button below.
This will take you to the portal.


Midnight January 31st 2021. 

‘Behold a wagtail!
We shall see Gypsies!’

Newcastle, United Kingdom