Submission Call: Poems about Poetry

Creative writing tutors, editors, and sometimes other poets will all tell you the same thing when it comes to your writing: “never write poems about poetry“. William Logan may have said this ironically in his poem The Nude that Stays Nude, but some people take it to heart: it’s too obvious, it’s too commonplace, it’s clichéd, and it’s dangerously insipid.

Well, we say damn that. We want your poems about the very thing itself: the art of poetry. Whether reading it, writing it, poetry as survival, as raison d’être, trying to make sense of it, mourning it, challenging it, just let us have it. We feel it’s only natural to use poetry itself as a tool to muse on and explore the act. If it’s good enough for Heaney’s squat pen to dig up, it’s good enough for us all.

We’ll publish the best poems here on the website at the end of August

Submission guidelines:
Sign up to our newsletter (if you haven’t already done so)
Please send in a maximum of two poems
Max. length of poem: 30 lines
Send the poem in the body of an email to
Include your name, town / city, Twitter handle (if you have one) and a brief biog (max. fifty words)
Deadline: Thursday 24th August

… and here are some examples to get you started!
Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
Poetry by Marianne Moore
Poetry Is a Destructive Force by Wallace Stevens
An Obsessive Combination of Onotological Inscape, Trickery and Love by Anne Sexton


  1. Bonita Searle

    Are submissions limited to poets from Northern Ireland?
    Are previously published poems allowed?

    1. (Post author)

      Submissions are open worldwide, and previously published poems will be considered, as long as you have retained the copyright on them.


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