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  • 1st October - 7th November 2020
  • 1st - 30th April 2021

Please read these submission guidelines carefully. We cannot consider submissions that ignore these guidelines

  • We actively encourage and welcome diverse submissions, and would love to see more poetry submitted to us by women, Black, Asian, mixed-race and other Poets of Colour, D/deaf, disabled, working class/low income, and LGBTQI+ poets.

  • Please note that we are not currently accepting submissions for: poetry pamphlets, children's poetry, collaborations or manuscripts by more than one author, or illustrated books.

  • We are currently accepting submissions for both debut collections from new or emerging poets and submissions from established poets with previous collections published. We welcome poets of all ages.

  • We request that you send us a sample of twenty poems in one document from your full collection in the first instance. Please also include a short biographical note, which should include information of any previous or forthcoming publication (in magazines, journals, pamphlets, collections, online etc.).

  • Please only submit previously unpublished work. By this, we mean that the complete collection of poems you are sending us should not have already been published either in physical form or online together as one complete collection, book or pamphlet. Publication of individual poems in various or selected magazines, journals, or e-magazines is fine, and a selection from a pamphlet is also acceptable. Please contact us if you're unsure.

  • We will only seriously consider publishing poets who have a track record of publication or audience for their poems in the United Kingdom in some form. By this, we mean that you have had a record of previous publication of your poems in some of the following: poems in magazines or journals, featured, listed or winning as part of prizes or competitions, published in anthologies, in pamphlets or in previous full collections (but not in self-published volumes) or commissioned for performance, video or audio. If you have no track record of previous publication in any of the forms listed above, please consider this point carefully before sending us your work, as it is highly unlikely we would accept a collection where the poet has no track record of previous publication of poems elsewhere. If in doubt, please send us an email to clarify.

  • Please do not make multiple submissions, either by sending us work you have also simultaneously submitted to other publishers, or by sending further additional manuscripts for us to consider before we have responded to your first submission. We cannot consider submissions which ignore this request.

  • We do have a very high volume of work to consider, so please allow at least twelve weeks from the close of each submission window for a reply with regard to your manuscript.

Thank you for reading these guidelines, and all the very best of luck with your submission. We look forward to reading your work.

Any questions? Please contact our Editor Jane Commane via email at mail@ninearchespress.com. 

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