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  1. Poems about Britain. Scroll down for details, and scroll even further down for FAQ. The deadline is 26th March 2017.


  1. Poems about British and Irish Kings and Queens (closed on 13th November 2016 and we have now sent out all the responses to everyone who submitted)
  2. Poems about Animals (closed on 4th December 2016 and we have now sent out all the responses to everyone who submitted)
  3. The Emma Press Anthology of Aunts (closed on 29th May 2016 and we have now sent out all the responses to everyone who submitted)



CandlesWe’re looking for poems for an anthology about customs and rituals in Britain.

We’re looking for poems about customs, rituals, festivals, holidays, celebrations and regular events that take place in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on a micro level (what one person or one family might do) as well as on a larger scale. We want to build up a portrait of the country by exploring what its inhabitants commemorate.

The anthology is inspired by the Fasti and will be the fourth in our Emma Press Ovid series, following on from 2016’s Urban Myths and Legends: Poems about Transformations.

This anthology will be edited by Richard O’Brien and Emma Wright, who recently collaborated on This Is Not Your Final Form: Poems about Birmingham (Emma Press, 2017). You can read more about the editors below and in the press release. If you would like to submit, please send us a maximum of three poems by 26th March 2017.

About the editors

Richard OBrien thumbRichard O’Brien is a poet, playwright and editor. His pamphlets include The Emmores (Emma Press, 2014) and A Bloody Mess (Valley Press, 2015) and his first children’s play – an adaptation of The Selfish Giant – was produced at the Arcola Theatre in December 2016. He is working on a Midlands3Cities-funded PhD on Shakespeare and verse drama at the University of Birmingham. [Photo: John Canfield]

Emma Wright Emma Wright worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group before leaving to found the Emma Press in 2012, with the support of the Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise programme. In 2015 she was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to run Myths and Monsters, a poetry tour for children, and in 2016 the Emma Press won the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlet Publishers. [Photo: Tony Grant]

How to submit to Poems about Britain

In order to submit, please do the following:

  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 2017), 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) in a single Word/PDF/ODF document (i.e. the file name will end .doc/.pdf/.odt) and name the file with your own name (e.g. Emma-Wright.doc). Please only include text in the document – if the file size is more than 1MB then something weird is going on.
  3. Fill in the Google form below – it will magically tell you everything you need to know! If you have any problems with it, try filling it in here and, if that doesn’t work, drop us an email on queries@theemmapress.com

The deadline for submissions is midnight at the end of Sunday 26th March 2017. We will reply to everyone who submitted – please sign up to our newsletter to see updates on our progress. Please scroll down to read our frequently-answered questions about submissions, 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.

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 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.

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 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.


Watch this space for the next call for submissions, or sign up to our newsletter below to hear about submissions before anyone else. You can read our blog about processing submissions over on the Emma/Valley Press blog.

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