Home PageBook newsThe Emma Press announces shortlists for poetry pamphlets and children’s poetry collections

The Emma Press has announced the shortlists from their most recent call for submissions, which ran from November 2019 to January 2020.

A selection of children's poetry books and poetry pamphlets, in a book rack

The Birmingham-based publisher received 518 submissions across the two categories: 105 children’s poetry collections and 413 adults’ poetry pamphlets. Submissions consisted of 6-page samples, and shortlisted poets will now submit their full manuscripts for the final selection stage.

There are twelve on the shortlist for children’s poetry collections:

  • Angela Topping
  • Annisa Fitria
  • BJ Lee
  • Heather Reid
  • Jennifer Watson
  • Jenny Kuper
  • Jenny Erlanger
  • Julie Douglas
  • Mary Green
  • Naomi Cortes
  • Rachel Piercey
  • Rakhshan Rizwan

There are nineteen on the shortlist for adults’ poetry pamphlets:

  • Andrew Rahal
  • Anne Bailey
  • Dean Browne
  • Ella Chappell
  • Fiona Larkin
  • Jack Houston
  • Joanna Ingham
  • Jon Stone
  • Lisabelle Tay
  • Mary Anne Clark
  • Nashwa Nasreldin
  • Pamela Crowe
  • Rachael Matthews
  • Rachel Fenton
  • Rakhshan Rizwan
  • Rebecca Hurst
  • Toby Buckley
  • Valerie Bence
  • Zosia Kuczyńska

Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘This was the first time I was reading submissions entirely on my own. It was a mammoth task, but I felt very grateful to everyone who sent in their manuscript, wanting to be part of The Emma Press. I’ll be reading the children’s collection shortlist with poet Edward van de Vendel now, and the adults’ pamphlet on my own still. I look forward to reading all the full manuscripts and seeing what the future list of The Emma Press looks like!’