Publication Opportunities

Below you will find details of publication opportunities and schemes.

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The Emma Press: Call for Animal Poems

The Emma Press has launched an open call for poems about animals. The Birmingham publisher is looking for poems to feature in The Emma Press Bestiary, guest-edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss and publishing in October 2017. The deadline for submissions is 4th December 2016.

The Emma Press BestiaryThe Emma Press Bestiary will be the fourth guest-edited Emma Press anthology, following Best Friends Forever: Poems on Female Friendship (edited by Amy Key in 2014), The Emma Press Anthology of Age (edited by Sarah Hesketh in 2015) and – most recently – The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea (edited by Eve Lacey in 2016).

Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘With all of our poetry anthologies, we try to achieve some very specific aims. Rachel Piercey, my co-editor, and I try to assemble poems which explore each theme from a variety of angles, often to test a hypothesis or prove a point. We were thrilled when Anja and Liane approached us with their idea for the Bestiary, as they – as have all our other guest editors – really understand what we’re trying to do.’

For entry and more information click here.


Call for Poets: collaborative performance to mark Somme centenary

The Poetry School are looking for 8-10 writers to work with poet, Poetry School tutor and film fan Simon Barraclough on a collaborative performance to mark the centenary of the Somme. The performance will centre on the 1916 documentary and war film The Battle of the Somme, which used real footage of the battle and changed popular perceptions of war forever. The new work you write will be performed alongside a public screening of the film at Lambeth’s Cinema Museum in in early February 2017. The project will be in three parts: a private screening of the film for participants and a briefing at the beginning of December, a two-month writing period during which time participants will gather online to discuss progress, and a one-day rehearsal in February followed by a public screening of the film and a performance of the new poems. This project aims to provide professional development training for poets who want to learn how to write collaboratively for performance.

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