The 12 Poems of Christmas: submission call

christmas-morning-silhouette-graphicsfairyHalloween is officially over, which of course means we are officially allowed to think about Christmas now! You may not have ordered your turkey yet, or consider what to fill the stockings with this year, but it’s never too early to think about Christmas poems…

We’re looking for your poems on the theme of ‘Christmas’. Interpret Christmas in whatever way you want – shopping, holidays, weather, religious celebration, stress, family, etc. You can write about the best way to stuff a turkey, how to decorate a tree, or just how Christmas makes you go ‘bah, humbug!’, just show us your best work!

The best 12 will be published on our site in mid-December.

Here are some samples of our favourite Christmas poems to help get you inspired:
Dylan Thomas – A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – The Christmas-Box
Tess Gurney – Christmas Spirit
Leon Gellert – The Christmas Beetle

Submission Guidelines
Send a maximum of three previously unpublished poems for consideration.
Poems length: maximum 25 lines.
Please include a brief cover note, including your name, email address and Twitter handle (if applicable).
Send your poems on the body of an email to
Submission deadline: Sunday 4th December


  1. Sally Clark

    Will you consider poem which have appeared on my personal poetry blog,, but have not been published in print?

  2. Mrs Greta Field

    I have just composed this poem called SANTA CLAUS dedicated to my friend’s little children.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas

  3. Patsy Bredahl

    I sent my poems as a pdf attachment yesterday. I then reread the submission guidelines so I put them in the body of the email itself. I wasn’t real sure how you wanted them. So I have sent them twice. Thank you for this opportunity.

    1. (Post author)

      Thank you Patsy, always nice when people follow the guidelines!

  4. (Post author)

    Hi Sally, yes, no problem, please do send it on through, cheers.

  5. Fran

    How about A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh?


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