The Poetry Business resolves to discover new and exciting poetry to showcase and publish. Unfortunately we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, however we do advertise open calls for submissions for books and guest-edited anthologies. Please check this page for details of any upcoming anthology publication opportunities.
Eight of our titles each year are by winners of our International Book & Pamphlet Competition winners, and the New Poets Prize. Entering our competitions is one of the best routes to publication under one of our imprints. The competitions open for entries on 1st October each year. Please see here for details of how to enter the International Book & Pamphlet Competition, and here to find out how to enter the New Poets.
Submit to The North
Submissions for The North 66 (August 2021) have now closed. Thank you to everyone who has sent us poems; we looks forward to reading your work. Please note that unless you hear from us within 8 weeks, you may consider the poems available to be published elsewhere. We will contact you if would like to publish your work.
Poets are invited to submit up to six pages of poetry for consideration. We have two submission windows per year. Details of these will be posted on this page.
We receive many submissions to The North magazine, and can generally only publish approximately 10% of the submissions we receive. There are no restrictions on subject matter or style, but as a magazine of contemporary poetry, we look for energy, imagination and technique.
At the moment we are only accepting online submissions of poetry for The North.
Open Call for Submissions (March 2021)
We would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to Gboyega Odubanjo who is joining the Poetry Business team as Apprentice Editor-In-Residence. Gboyega will work alongside our in-house editor Suzannah Evans towards editing two single-author poetry collections for publication by Smith|Doorstop in January 2022. These are to be selected via an open call for submissions.
This Open Call for Submissions has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has sent us your extract & book proposal. The editors are currently reading all submissions; shortlisted writers will be informed by April 30th and asked to submit a complete collection of 48+ pages of poetry before May 16th.
“The poetry collection is a medium of possibilities and I am interested in collections that, through unique approaches to language and form, question what is possible. I want to see poetry, rooted in a dedication to craft, that asks questions of the world and of itself in original and surprising ways. Poetry that listens before telling. I am more interested in the specific than the universal. As such, the realities presented should be built with care and recognisable as their own, forming something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Think concept album, as opposed to greatest hits. I want to read collections that guide me through a new place even if the guide isn’t entirely sure where we will end up.”Gboyega Odubanjo, Apprentice Editor-in-Residence