2-day submission window

Christmas/ Winter 2022/23

Following on from our Christmas/ winter print edition 2020/21, and Christmas/ Winter 2021/22 we will be publishing a new, third volume for Christmas 2022/23. It's one of the highlights of the year and we welcome poems on all cultural and folk traditions around this time of year (Diwali, solstice, Hannukah, Mari Lwyd, etc.)

The editorial team is Matthew M. C. Smith (Editor), Damien B. Donnelly and M.S. Evans (sub-editors).

The submission period when we will accept your work is Saturday January 29th January 2022 to Sunday 30th January 2022 (only 2 days) Poems before or after this date are highly unlikely to be read or responded to given our capacity.

If you are already accepted in next year's edition, please do not submit on this occasion.

You can expect a response from us by 30th June, 2022 (within 5 months) but hopefully earlier.

We look for imagistic, suggestive poems, following the idea of 'less is more' and publish vivid poems that avoid cliché and have subtlety. We recommend that you purchase and read our previous editions before submitting and also read up on imagism. Narrative poems are rarely published here. We strongly recommend you obtain a copy of either or both Christmas/ winter editions which are available on Amazon. You'll get a very clear idea of the different styles of poems we publish and will get inspired! 


Usual submission guidelines:

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 These must be previously unpublished.

b) The poems should 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. Welsh and English versions).

c) We’d prefer punctuated poems but it's not essential.

d) Please send  a short biography (up to 200 characters (to fit Twitter) - not 200 words!) and a photo (less than 500kb) 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 social media, please mention this. Please include social media handles.

Special e-mail for this edition is winterbough@outlook.com Please don't use our usual e-mail.

e) 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. Upon acceptance with us please withdraw your work from elsewhere.

f) Reminders! Please only send during the submission window.

g) Reminder, please...no huge sized photos (eg. over 1 Mb) or long bios. Please add your Twitter handle and any other social media ID as we will showcase your work if it is accepted. 

h) 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 'acceptance' 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.

i) Plagiarism, rudeness and offensive behaviour or hate speech will not be tolerated. We are trying to help poets and showcase excellent work. No sexually -explicit poetry.

j) If you are accepted for this edition, you are also consenting for your poem to be used in a print version and for your work to be publicised on social media. We are unable to fund contributor's copies at the moment as we are entirely self-funded and do not charge submissions fees, have patrons, grant funding, run crowdfunders, membership fees. etc. Contributor copies will be priced at an affordable level (approx. £7.50)

We look forward to receiving your work. We're likely to have in excess of 300-500 poems to read and respond to so 30th June is a realistic date to expect an answer. 

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