We are currently closed for submissions. However, when we open the submission window again, please have a look at the brief guidelines below and send us something if you think you might fit the bill!
Blue Diode Press publishes full poetry collections. I don’t publish prose, flash fiction, pamphlets, or poetry for children. At least, not at the moment.
My taste is wide, but it doesn’t take much to send me to sleep! If it helps, poetry collections I've enjoyed reading in the last while include those by Ilya Kaminsky, Kim Hye Soon, Barry MacSweeney, James Tate, Terrance Hayes, Jen Hadfield, Sasha Dugdale, Michael Hofmann, Jane Yeh and Ken Smith.
Submissions are welcome from anyone resident in the UK. Apologies to the rest of the world. They can be in English, Scots or Gaelic (although Gaelic manuscripts will need to include an English translation).
Please send, in the first instance, no more than 10 A4 pages of poems. Each poem should start on a new page and should be printed in a legible font in 12pt. I’d prefer a Word document but a pdf is acceptable if there are formatting issues.
Please also include a brief bio (under 100 words) and a selection of magazines/anthologies etc which have published your poems.
I’ll hopefully be able to make a shortlist from those submissions and ask their authors to send a full manuscript. This manuscript should not have been previously published in print or online.
I can’t provide feedback on submissions, but I will reply to everyone who submits.
Blue Diode Press welcomes submissions from women and from disabled, working class, BAME and LGBTQ poets, and any other groups traditionally under-represented in poetry books. And from white, straight men too.
If Blue Diode Press can’t publish your work, please don’t take that as a sign that I hate your writing. I might like it, and still feel that it needs just a bit more work. Or something like that…
Submissions should be sent to bluedioderob[AT]gmail]DOT]com . You can make only one submission per submission window
Please give me a bit of time to read the submissions as I do this in my spare time! Feel free to send submissions elsewhere too. However, let me know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, and do the same for others if Blue Diode Press accepts your manuscript for publication.
You don’t need to buy a Blue Diode Press publication to send in your manuscript (we only have one product at the moment – https://www.bluediode.co.uk/product-page/spark) and a purchase won’t affect chances of publication either way. But obviously small presses need and appreciate such support, so please consider doing it anyway!