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  1. Future Poems (deadline: 1st April 2018)


  1. Poetry & Prose Pamphlets (opened 17th October 2017, closed 10th December 2017)
  2. Poems about Dinosaurs, for children (closed 29th October 2017; we’re hoping to send responses to everyone who submitted by the end of February)
  3. Poems about Travel (closed on 28th May 2017; we’re hoping to send responses to everyone who submitted by mid-March)


1. Future Poems

What does the (poetry) future look like? This is your chance to share your visions (and maybe even shape it a little bit)

A future poem could be a warning, a protest, a promise of salvation or a prediction of the end of the world. It could be the message we need to stop making such a hash of things. It could be a Grand Vision or a warning about Grand Visions; it could be a short history of everything or a snapshot from the 25th century kitchen sink. It could be the present as seen by some long-dead prophet.

It could be about the condition of obsessing about the best or the worst the future can do; the view from a place where there is no future or appears not to be. It could be about your future or the future of those you love.

We want this to be a rich document of visions, a survival guide to the possible disasters that we’re all staring down, the book that archaeologists might unearth in a few thousand years and study as a document of how justifiably paranoid we all were.

We’re talking robots, time travel and life in other galaxies; millennium bugs, Mayan predictions, Nostradamus, the next war, the Enlightened future; the making of prophecy; the failure of prophecy.

We’re hoping this book will be a look at many possible futures, some of them revolutionary and dystopian, some of them apocalyptic. Doomers, preppers and optimists are welcome. So are believers.

There’s room for both the serious and the not-so-serious, and especially for poems that are somehow both at the same time. We want this to be a very human book about extraordinary things. And, most of all, we want to be surprised.

If you would like to submit, please send us a maximum of three poems by 1st April 2018. The full guidelines are below and you can read more about our hopes for this book in the press release.

About the editors

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield and her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She has had poems published in The Rialto, The North, Magma and The Poetry Review and on the Guardian‘s ‘Poem of the Week’. As a teenager she had an obsessive fear of the apocalypse which has fuelled many of her poems, and she still doesn’t know whether to plan responsibly for the future or party like it’s 1999.

Tom Sastry is a poet and spoken word artist. He was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets and his resulting pamphlet, Complicity, was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and a Poetry School Book of the Year. He is based in Bristol, which is vulnerable to storm surges and is unlikely to survive a really serious Puritan revival in anything like its present form.

How to submit to Future Poems

Here’s how to submit, in four simple steps:

  1. You must be a member of the Emma Press Club, which means you must have bought a book or ebook from the Emma Press website in this calendar year (i.e. since 1st January 2018), or already have been accepted into an Emma Press book. Read more about the Emma Press Club here.
  2. Place a maximum of three poems, each no longer than 65 lines, into a single Word/PDF/ODF document. Please only include text in the document, and no images – the file size should not exceed 1MB.
  3. Make sure your submission is anonymous. Make sure you haven’t put your name or any biographical notes in the document, and be aware that you will be asked to rename your document at a certain stage within the Google form.
  4. Fill in the Google form here – it will tell you everything you need to know. If you have any problems with it, drop us an email on queries@theemmapress.com

The deadline for submissions is midnight at the end of 1st April 2018.

We will reply to everyone who submitted – please sign up to our newsletter to see updates on our progress. If you received the automatic receipt, we’ll have received your submission and you will definitely get a response. Please scroll down to read our general submissions guidelines, especially before emailing us with questions.

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 or paperwork.

Will you consider translations?

Yes, we are always happy to see translations. Translators can submit multiple proposals (i.e. one per author).

Do I have to arrange for my book to be illustrated?

Not at all – we will arrange this. We’re open to your suggestions of illustrators, but we’ll deal with all the illustration side of things for you.

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 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 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 we read all of the submissions very thoroughly, 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.

What happens if you do like my writing?

We will let you know by email and take it from there. 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 two 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.


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