Our Submission Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in Nine Arches Press.
Before you consider sending us your poetry collections or manuscripts,
we strongly advise you take note of the following three steps:
1. Familiarise yourself -we recommend you order a copy of our in-house magazine, Under the Radar before you do anything else. The magazine is a good barometer of our tastes and preferences as publishers, and the type of work we're likely to consider (we're not asking that you fit into a pigeon hole as a poet, but rather that you feel confident that we're on a not-too-distant wavelength!).
Wasted time is an awful thing, so please save yourself some by ordering a copy of the magazine or some of our other publications and getting a flavour of Nine Arches Press first.
2. Submit to the Magazine - If you like what you see, please send us a selection of poems. All the Under the Radar information you need can be found here. We view Under the Radar as the hothouse of our press, where interesting and emerging poets surface, and both our readers and ourselves make new discoveries. So it's a great place to be all round if you want to be noticed.
3. Talk to us -if you've followed the other two steps, and have a cracking collection burning a hole in your pocket, approach us by email or letter and tell us about it. Whilst publication in the magazine does not guarantee we'll publish your collection, it certainly doesn't exclude it either.
We accept submissions to Under the Radar from anywhere in the world. Please read full submission guidelines for the magazine here.
Submission Guidelines For Poetry:
Please read these submission guidelines carefully. We cannot consider submissions that ignore these guidelines.
We now operate a bi-annual submissions window for poetry collections. The submissions window will be open between the following dates in 2013:
From 1st January until 31st March 2013
From 1st August until November 2013
Please do not submit work outside of these dates. Submissions to Under the Radar magazine remain open all year round.
Please note that we are not currently accepting submissions for poetry pamphlet.
We are currently accepting submissions for both debut collections from new or emerging poets (for our Debut series) and submissions from established poets with previous collections published.
We have no regional bias; though we are based in the Midlands, we are seriously interested in publishing work from poets nationally.
We recommend that you send us a sample of twenty poems from your full collection in the first instance. Please also include a short biographical note, which should include information of any previous or forthcoming publication (in magazines, journals, pamphlets, collections, online etc.).
If submitting by post, please kindly include an SAE for our reply and/or the return of your manuscripts, otherwise we are sadly unable to return your manuscripts. Please use correct postage on your submission and SAE and check with your post office if unsure. We will no longer collect items with insufficient postage from Royal Mail due to the costs this incurs.
Please only send us previously unpublished work. By this, we mean that the collection of poems you are sending us should not have already been published either in physical form or online together as one complete collection, book or pamphlet. Publication of individual poems in various or selected magazines, journals, or e-magazines is fine. Please contact us if you're unsure.
We will only seriously consider publishing poets who have a proven track record of publication in the United Kingdom of some form - by which we mean that you have had a record of previous publication in several of the following: magazines, journals, pamphlets or in previous collections. If you have no track record of publication in any of the forms listed above, please consider this point carefully before sending us your work. If in doubt, please send us an email to clarify.
Please do not make multiple submissions, either by sending us work you have also simultaneously submitted to other publishers, or by sending further work for us to consider before we have responded to your first submission. We cannot consider submissions which ignore this request.
We do have a very high volume of work to consider, so please allow at least twelve weeks for a reply with regard to your submission.