Submission opportunities

Issue 6: Deep Time 

Robert Macfarlane

Inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s work Underland (Penguin, 2019), Black Bough Poetry invite submissions of short poetry to the ‘Deep Time’ edition. As usual, profound, vivid and striking poems are the brief. Avoid cliché and aim for precision of poetic expression. We recommend that you read Underland before submitting. Submission guidelines:


a) Poets are invited to submit three micropoems. These must be previously unpublished.


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


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

d) Black Bough publish imagistic poems. Please see previous issues to get a flavour of the kind of compressed poetry that is accepted. Also, we'd suggest reading up on imagism. We’d prefer punctuated poems but it's not essential.


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 ( Sun 1st March—Sun 8th March, 2020). Poems sent in before or after this will plunge into the primordial swamp.


h) Reminder, huge sized photos (eg. over 1 Mb) or long bios. Please add your Twitter handle or social media ID.


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. 

k) If you are accepted for this edition, you are also consenting for your poem to be used in a print version. 



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