Calls for submissions
- Poems related to Birmingham in some way. We’re working with Waterstones Birmingham to set up the city’s first festival of poetry and spoken word, kicking off in February 2017. There’s a poetry competition too, with categories for both adults and children, and you can read all the guidelines here (not the ones below).
- Deadline for adults: 11th September 2016
- Deadline for children: 30th September 2016
- The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts (closed on 29th May 2016; keep an eye on the newsletter for updates)
- The Emma Press Anthology of Love (closed on 10th April 2016; keep an eye on the newsletter for updates)
- Pamphlets (closed on 13th December 2015; all responses will be sent out by 16th July 2016)
Frequently asked questions about submissions
Do the poems need to be unpublished?
It’s fine if your poems have been previously published, but please do check with those publishers or publications that you still hold the rights to your poems and can licence us to publish them again with no additional payments.
Do you consider translations?
Yes, we are open to seeing translations.
I don’t live in the UK – can I still submit?
Yes, we welcome international submissions. You’ll need to buy a book/ebook from our website if you’re not already an Emma Press author, in order to join the Emma Press Club. If you don’t want to pay £4.00 for the international shipping, you could always buy an ebook.
When will I hear back about my submission?
We send updates on our progress in our monthly newsletter, so that is the best place to look if you’re wondering when you might hear back from us. We do reply to everyone, and there are only two people reading all of the submissions, so thank you for being patient with us.
Will I get feedback if my submission is unsuccessful?
We will email everyone to let them know the verdict on their submission, but we can’t offer individual feedback. You’ll receive a receipt from the inbox to confirm that your submission has arrived, so do check your spam folder for that and check you’ve sent it to the right address if the receipt hasn’t arrived within a couple of hours.
What happens if you do like my writing?
We will let you know by email and take it from there. If you sent us a poetry pamphlet proposal, we will ask you to send us 10-20 more poems. We might have some suggestions for tweaking or developing your writing further, so we’ll explain that all in the email.
Will I get any money?
We offer each anthology poet complimentary copies of the book and a discount on future purchases of the book. Pamphlet authors get royalties and complimentary copies.
And finally . . .
We only publish writing which we utterly love and believe in, which means the matter of what we publish will always come down to our personal tastes. If we can’t publish your work, it’s not a judgement on the quality of your writing so much as a reflection of our personal preferences in writing. If you would like to get a sense of our tastes, do take a look at the books we have published so far.
Watch this space for the next call for submissions, or sign up to our newsletter (the form is below) to hear about submissions before anyone else. You can read our blog about processing submissions over on the Emma/Valley Press blog.