Submission opportunities

Christmas/ Winter 2021/22

Following on from our Christmas/ winter print edition 2020/21, we will be publishing a new, second volume for Christmas 2021/22. 

The submission period when we will accept your work is Wednesday 27th January 2021  to Sunday 31st January 2021. Poems before or after this date are unlikely to be read or responded to. You can expect a response from us by 30th June, 2021 (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 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 the Christmas/ winter edition 2020/21, which is available on Amazon. You'll get a very clear idea of the different styles of poems we publish and will get inspired! Also see our page for this year's edition (click here).


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 These must be previously unpublished.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 poems only in submission windows with a short biography (up to 280 characters (to fit Twitter) - not 280 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.


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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, 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, run crowdfunders, membership fees. etc. Print copies will be priced at an affordable level. The first Christmas and winter volume is £8.75 per copy. A donation will be made to charity and the edition will eventually be made free online so that anyone can access it.

We look forward to receiving your work. We're likely to have in excess of 600-1000 poems to read and respond to so 30th June is a realistic date to expect an answer. 

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Christmas edition 2020/21