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Black Bough Issue 5:

 Christmas and winter festivals collection


Submission window - Saturday 26th October - Sunday 27th October.

We are pleased to announce that Issue 5 will be on the theme of Christmas and winter festivals from across the world and different cultures. This will be a short issue.

As usual, profound, vivid and striking poems are the brief. Avoid cliches and go for it!

Submission guidelines:

a) Poets are invited to submit three micro-poems.  These must be previously unpublished. 

b) This edition is for all poets, including those previously published in Black Bough.

c) The poems must not exceed ten lines long. Please send in Garamond font, size 12, in the submission window. We welcome bilingual versions of the same poem (eg. Spanish and English versions).

d) Black Bough publish imagistic poems. Please see previous issues to get a flavour of the kind of imagist, compressed poetry that is accepted. Also, we'd suggest reading up on imagism!

e) Please send your poems only in the submission window  to  with a short biography (up to 280 characters (to fit Twitter) - not 280 words!) and a photo (less than 250kb) and your poems in Microsoft Word by attachment. If you do not wish to send a photo as you don't want to be featured on the website or Twitter, please mention this.

f) If you have a simultaneous submission to another publication, please ensure you make this clear in your e-mail as this can cause major inconvenience if you suddenly withdraw your work.

g) Reminders! Please only send during the submission window (Sat 26th October - Sun 27th October). The Grinch will steal early or late poems.

h) Reminder, huge sized photos (eg. over 1 Mb) or  l o o n n g g   bios. Please add your Twitter handle or social media ID. Thanks.

i) It is the editorial policy to offer feedback on essential or potential improvements to poems that are on the edge of acceptance. The editorial team will confer on borderline poems. If you submit, this is what can be expected and it is intended to be constructive and increase acceptance rates. If you really don't like this, Black Bough may not be the right publication for you.  Please indicate if you would like accept or reject rather than editorial suggestion.

j) Plagiarism, rude and offensive behaviour or hate speech will not be tolerated. We are trying to help poets and showcase excellent work. Good luck!

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