Something I found out the hard way…

…is that many competitions and publishers count any work published on your blog, or even, in some cases, an online writing community, as ‘published’ and may not accept it. I now publish on my blog only writing that has either already been published, or that I am not intending to enter in a competition or to submit for publication.


Ideas Tap

For those of you who haven’t already stumbled upon this excellent community and resource site for artists of all disciplines, check it out:

It does have age limits for some of the pitches – if, like me, you’re rather older than 25, do keep an eye on the age specifications in the rules for each pitch/comp/opportunity/etc.

Visiting Cambridge for this fab-looking art-fest? Write about it!

Lighthouse literary journal in collaboration with art:language:location are seeking creative responses to the city-wide art exhibition A:L:L that opens in Cambridge on October 17th. Creative-critical prose, and poetry which pushes the boundaries of ekphrasis is encouraged, conceptual/visual pieces are also welcomed. The deadline for submissions is 31st October, for more details on Lighthouse and the submissions guidelines, please see the website and for more information on art:language:location exhibition venues and events, please visit their website www.artlanguagelocation

Welcome, fellow poets!

I’m only listing free-to-submit publications and free-to-enter competitions as, if you are just starting out, you can otherwise spend a fortune. If you have anything poetry-related to share (free-to-submit listings only), please get in touch via email: – thank you!
Happy writing!
Please note: publication on this site does not mean publication editors/competition organisers have been vetted – please do your own checks before submitting.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions – and layout

OK: apologies to poets to whom all this is obvious… (And feel free to correct/amend if you know otherwise, or disagree!)

If a publication states ‘No simultaneous submissions’, it means: do not send the same poem(s) to another publication until you’ve had the ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ from us.

If it states, ‘No multiple submissions’, it means: once you’ve submitted to us, please don’t send us anything else, until you’ve heard the success or otherwise of the first submission.

Meanwhile: poems should not be double-spaced, the way you would double-space prose for submission purposes. I like to line my poems up with the ‘5’ tab on the ruler at the top of the screen in Word, to centre them, but I’m pretty sure it’s just as acceptable not to indent them – of course, if you’re playing with form and shape of the poem on the page, this won’t be relevant for you!