Submissions wanted for Sisterhood anthology

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 Limit of three submissions per author. There is no charge for submissions.

Email work as a Microsoft Word attachment to


Put “Anthology submission” in the subject line.


Deadline is Saturday, March 8, 2014 — International Women’s Day!


Publishing rights will be set forth in a contract for authors whose work is selected. Payment will be $10 upon acceptance and two copies of the paperback version of the anthology after publication. Authors will retain copyright for their work.


Christmas/Advent anthology seeks poetry and prose

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A Star in the Heart is an anthology of poems and prose celebrating Christmas and Advent, to be published in December 2014 as part of continuing fundraising for the Community Centre Development in Henley on Thames. 

Poems should be no more than 50 lines, and prose no more than 600 words. Submissions should be previously unpublished.

Submit your contribution before the end of June to The Editor, David Grubb, A STAR IN THE HEART, 25 Belle Vue Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JQ, United Kingdom, enclosing SAE for reply. Alternatively, send submissions by email to


Article on how poetry editors choose the poems…

Thanks again to fab poet, Alex Toms, for putting me on to this one:

Girton College Cambridge free-to-enter Jane Martin Poetry Prize

Jane Martin Poetry Prize opens for 2014

Girton College is delighted to invite entries for the 2014 Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its fourth year, the national prize is a key part of the College’s support for poetry and will be of interest to all those serious about literary excellence.

This year the competition will be judged by John Fuller and Vahni Capildeo, both distinguished scholars and experts in the literary world. The winner will receive a cash prize of £700 and will have an opportunity to give a reading at a celebratory event at Girton College, at which the prize will be awarded. There will also be a second cash prize of £300.

The competition is open until noon on Friday 21st March 2014. Please find the 2014 information pack and entry rules here.

Click here to enter the 2014 Jane Martin Poetry Prize.

Call-out for Anthology Submissions from Women Poets

Thanks to fellow poet Alex Toms for putting me on to this one.

Breaking my no-fee rule here, but the charge is tiny (£1 for one poem/£2 for up to three poems). All profits go to ‘Rape Crisis’ charity. Deadline: 30th March. Theme: ‘Furies’.

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Furies will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. So, for a chance to be featured, wet your nibs with spite and find your muse among the infernal goddesses of justice and revenge.

We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home.

Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

Poets should submit a maximum of three poems, each no longer than 40 lines. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 30th March 2014. The very best will be featured in our Furies poetry anthology.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

To submit a poem, writers are requested to make a donation of £1 per poem or £2 for three poems. If for any reason your financial circumstances make this difficult, please send us an email.

Artemis Poetry submissions invited from women poets

ARTEMISpoetry Issue 12, May 2014 (and Issue 13, November 2014)

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Editors for Issue 12 are:   General & Artwork – Dilys Wood and Angela France;  Poetry – R V Bailey.
Readers’ Letters are invited. Comments on the journal’s content or anything you would like to see discussed in relation to women’s writing. (max 100 words).   All submissions: submit paper copy initially to Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ.  Please write “ARTEMISpoetry” on your envelope.  (Enquiries only: e-mail Administrator                  

Poems: Issue 12 deadline – 28th February

Poems by women of any age. Poems should be typed, or if written, then very neatly.  Each poem should commence on a new page, headed “Submission for ARTEMISpoetry”.  Please SEND TWO COPIES.  Do include your name with each poem and include your name and full contact details in your submission.  Long poems are considered.  Submit up to 4 poems to a maximum of 200 lines in all.    

Stating the obvious…?

If you are new to submitting, here’s another thing I learnt the hard way: keep track of everything you submit – either in a large notebook (my method) or in a spreadsheet. Make sure you enter the name of the publication/competition. Each individual piece should also have a separate listing.

For example, if I was sending three poems, ‘Faint’, ‘Hello’ and ‘Not today’, to a magazine called ‘Submissions’, I would enter ‘Submissions’ under ‘S’ in my spreadsheet or notebook, and list the 3 poems. I would then turn to ‘F’ and enter ‘Faint’ and that I had sent it to ‘Submissions’. I would do the same for ‘Hello’ and ‘Not today’ (hmm think I might use that title!).

Don’t forget to note the date next to each entry.

If you get a rejection, it helps to note not just the rejection, but also the date of the rejection – this will be a useful guideline if you want to submit to the same publication again, and can’t remember how long they took to get back to you the previous time.

Butcher’s Dog mag – last call for submissions

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Butcher’s Dog is based in the north so we’d love to receive work from
writers who feel a connection with the north (either by birth, domicile or
inclination) as well as writers from beyond the region. There is no set theme
and the subject of the poetry submitted does not have to be about the north of
Please send up to 3 unpublished poems to by 10
February 2014
. For more information about the magazine, please visit