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Calls for submissions

OPEN (scroll down for the guidelines)

  1. Illness Poems (deadline: 31st August 2018)
  2. Insect Poems, for children (deadline: 5th October)

CLOSED

  1. Night-time Stories (closed: 3rd August 2018)
  2. Future Poems (closed 1st April 2018)
  3. Poetry & Prose Pamphlets (closed 10th December 2017)

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 1. Illness Poems

11th July – 31st August 2018

We are looking for illness poems, for a poetry anthology edited by Amy Mackelden and Dr Dylan Jaggard.

From symptoms that surge and recede, to life-altering conditions that completely floor you – this anthology seeks responses on the topic of illness.

From representations in popular culture, to personal experiences, illness can be both visible and invisible, chronic and curable. Some disabilities are hidden, some must be performed for political purposes, and some have changed lives and relationships irreparably. We are looking to express the experience of illness right across the spectrum, and are keen to uncover invisible symptoms, as well as unravel the stigma of mental illness.

From auto-immune diseases, to chronic pain, to consecutive bed days, it’s time to talk about what being sick really means.

If you would like to submit, please send us your submission by 31st August 2018. The full guidelines are below and you can read more about it in the press release.

About the editors

Amy Mackelden is the Weekend Editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. Her work has featured in ELLE. Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Esquire, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent and Bustle. She co-founded the poetry magazine Butcher’s Dog, and co-edits pop culture blog Clarissa Explains Fuck All. She’s currently developing a project called MS Is My Boyfriend, about what life with multiple sclerosis is really like.

Dr Dylan Jaggard‘s work has been published by Oxford University Press and Camden Press, and his prose poetry has been published by National Flash Fiction Day. He has a PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, and recently spoke at Brunel University’s Kimposium, a conference about all things Kardashian.

How to submit to Illness 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.
  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 hello@theemmapress.com

The deadline for submissions is midnight at the end of 31st August 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.

2. Insect Poems, for children

14th August – 5th October 2018

We are looking for insect poems for an anthology aimed at children aged 8+, edited by Dr Isabel Galleymore and Fran Long.

Can you imagine a world without bees? Have you ever thought about how dung beetles are awesome recyclers? Insects pollinate, recycle and are an important food source for many animals – you could say they are our super heroes!

We are looking for poems which will enthuse youngsters about the wonders of insects. You could take the readers on a journey of discovery to learn about insect anatomy, or you could inspire young readers about insect super powers. Or maybe you could write a poem that will help children identify and classify insects

It’s always fascinating to learn how insects got their common names, often from their distinct characteristics or appearance.

And why are we making this book? Because insects need our help. Habitat loss, pesticides, intensive farming and climate change all pose threats to these stunning creatures. By helping children explore the fascinating world of insects we can enthuse them about the natural world and hopefully ensure that insects are protected for years to come.

If you would like to submit, please send us your submission by 5th October 2018. The full guidelines are below and you can read more about it in the press release.

About the editors

Dr Isabel Galleymore is an award-winning writer and lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Her poems, which explore ecology and our human place within it, have been published in a number of magazines in the UK and US, whilst her first collection, Significant Other, is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2019.

In 2016, Isabel’s curiosity for animals took her to the Amazon Rainforest where she spent a month as a poet-in-residence and encountered howler monkeys, caiman, pink-toed tarantulas and lots and lots of mosquitos.

Fran Long is a primary science specialist teacher and fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust. She is passionate about fostering curiosity amongst children and is always looking for innovative ways to educate future generations and promote a love of science and the natural world.

Her recent role as Project Insect Education Officer on the Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s Heritage Lottery Funded HOPE for the Future project, linked to the British Insect Collection, was the inspiration behind this book. Fran never imagined she would be taking up the challenge set by an entomologist to find dung beetles on a trip to the Peak District, but she embraced the adventure and was not deterred by an argument with a sheep! Family members have been stunned at the lengths she has gone to on the quest to create a personal insect collection which is now pinned and going on tour to local schools.

How to submit to Insect 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.
  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 hello@theemmapress.com

The deadline for submissions is midnight at the end of 5th October 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/stories need to be unpublished?

It’s fine if your poems/stories 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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