Submissions Guidelines

I think there are certain kinds of disabled poems that some publishers want: the speaker overcomes disability; the speaker’s friend/relative is disabled or diagnosed; the speaker notices a disabled person on the side of the road. I avoid these poems at all costs.

–Jillian Weise, Poetry Magazine, 2014

[UPDATE: Submissions closed 31/7/15, book is now available here]

  1. Please ensure you have read our About The Anthology section info before submitting your poems.
  2. Please submit 5-7 pages of poetry, and one short cover letter including a 75-word bio (all in a single document) to, with the word SUBMISSION followed by your full name (as you would wish it to be published) in the subject line. Deadline is 31 July, 2015.
  3. Please use reasonable margins on A4 paper, with a font of minimum 12pt. You can submit in the body of the email, or attach your file as ONE pdf, doc, or docx. If for some reason email submission is impossible for you, we can arrange alternative methods.
  4. Please submit in English. Translations are welcome, with permission from the original writer and translator/interpreter.
  5. It is not necessary for the poems to be ‘about’ disability, illness and/or D/deaf issues. It is interesting, but not necessary, for disability to play an overt role in the way you compose. If it does, we’d love for you to tell us how in your brief cover letter.
  6. If successful, we may ask you to write a short reflective piece about your disability and its relationship to your writing, to be included within the published book.
  7. We prefer new work but will also consider previously published materials. If your submission has been previously published, please provide full information of publication. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  8. Please note that we reserve the right to request editorial changes before publication.
  9. Writers must identify as: D/deaf; and/or disabled according the Social Model of disability; and/or as crip or some other variant of disability identity. Please refer to the About The Anthology section for more information.
  10. You must be a resident of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or England.
  11. We simply cannot publish everyone, and rejection of work does not mean the work was not strong. Editors’ decisions will be final. We also regret that we cannot give feedback on submissions.
  12. A free copy of the anthology will be provided as payment to contributors. Unfortunately, at this early stage we cannot confirm whether there will also be a monetary honorarium. [Update: everyone was paid!]
  13. Please get in touch if you have access requirements; we can supply information as recordings and there is a BSL call-out for the anthology.

We can’t wait to read you!

Your editors,
Sandra Alland, Markie Burnhope & Daniel Sluman


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