We're an online litmag focusing on poetry, essays and book reviews. We accept submissions from everyone and aim to showcase the best words from new and established writers. We'd love to grow into print.
what we believe
Brave and curious words are necessary. We don't think there should be any rules on what can and can't be written, and it's our passion to find and publish exceptional writing - wherever and whomever it might come from.
what that means
We'd love nothing more than to get our sticky fingers on your writing. We want grasping poems, floating essays and prodding reviews. We think it's important to hold contradictory words between the same pages at all times.
what makes us different
It's our aim to bring great writing to as many curious minds as possible. Accessibility is important to us, which is why this litmag will always be available for free. We think art and literature should act as equalisers.
how it's done
Twice a year we gather submissions and add up the ones we're crazy about until we have enough content to put together a full issue, which is then published right here under the internet's nose. We love it, and we hope you will too.
Suzanne Antelme | Founder & Editor-in-chief
Suzanne lives in the south of England and divides her spare time between scribbling poetry and drinking badly made coffee. She is currently studying through the Open University and is a three time winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and a long-listee in the BBC Young Writers' Award.
Dana Collins | Book Reviewer
Dana was a Foyle Young Poet in 2019 and a shortlistee in the Wells Festival of Literature 2020 Young Poetry Prize. Her poetry focuses on womanhood and mental health, and her proudest achievement to date is using the word 'vajazzle' in an otherwise serious poem. Her work can be found on the Young Poets Network and in Little Stone Journal.
We're currently accepting staff applications for book reviewers and poetry readers.
Both of these positions are voluntary and unpaid.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Applications have been put on hold while Issue 03 is suspended (see Submissions page for more info).
As an in-house book reviewer you would be expected to write between one and three reviews per issue, choosing from a wide range of poetry collections (and the occasional poetry related non-fiction) from publishers like Faber & Faber and Carcanet as well as manuscripts sent in by small presses and individual writers. We are also happy to send review copy requests for any poetry books you would love to review that haven't made it onto our review spreadsheet.
How to apply:
Please send at least three examples of your non-fiction writing (preferably reviews, but essays are also fine) to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Application: Book Reviewer' as the subject line and include a brief covering letter and bio in the body of the email. We are ideally looking for people with some experience in reviewing poetry, but anyone can apply. CVs are welcome but not required.
As a poetry reader you would be expected to read a number of anonymised poetry submissions during and immediately after our submission windows, mark each poem out of 10, and put together some editorial notes explaining your thoughts behind each mark. The workload for this role is very flexible and will depend on how much time you would like to commit to as well as the volume of poetry submissions we receive.
How to apply:
Please choose six of the poems published in either of our issues and put together a single word document marking each poem out of 10 and adding editorial comments explaining your thought process behind each mark. Email your application to email@example.com with 'Application: Poetry Reader' as the subject line and include a brief covering letter and bio in the body of the email. Anyone can apply. CVs are welcome but not required.