Thank you for your interest in Nine Arches Press. 


Before you consider sending us your poetry collection manuscripts, we strongly advise you take note of the following three steps, and read the guidelines that follow below.

1. Familiarise yourself - we recommend you order a copy of our flagship magazine, Under the Radar or a copy of some of our recent poetry collections to give you a flavour of some of the poetry we have published recently. The magazine and poetry collections are good barometers of our tastes as publishers, and the kind 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!). As an independent publisher, we do also rely on loyal readers who buy our books and help us keep going - every bit of support counts and helps us to keep publishing new and exciting poetry. So, please do consider buying our books or ordering a copy of the magazine from our online shop before your submit. After all, you wouldn't want to be published by a publisher whose books you've never bought or read, would you? Please also read the guidelines below to make sure your work is at the stage where it is ready to be sent out to a publisher.

2. Submit to the Magazine - If you like what you see, please take the next step send us a short selection of poems for our magazine to consider. Under the Radar magazine is the hothouse of our press, where interesting and emerging poets surface, and both our readers and ourselves make new discoveries. It's a great place to be all round if you want to be noticed. We accept submissions to Under the Radar from anywhere in the world. Submission to the magazine first isn't compulsory, but we do advise this step where possible. Please read full submission guidelines for the magazine here.


3. Submit your work - if you've followed the other two steps, and have a cracking collection of poems burning a hole in your pocket, please do consider submitting a sample of poems during one of our regular open submission windows. Publication in the magazine does not guarantee we'll publish your collection, it certainly doesn't exclude it either. Make sure you read the guidelines that follow below before submitting, and please do contact us via email if you have any questions or queries about submissions.

Looking to submit poetry or short fiction to our magazine?

Please click here for all the information on how to send us your magazine submissions.

The link to submit to the magazine is at the bottom of the page. 

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Submission Guidelines for Poetry Collections


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 2020:

    1st - 30th April 2020

    1st - 31st October 2020

  • Please note that all submissions must be made through our online Submittable portal only. Please do not post or email any submissions to us. If you cannot access Submittable, please contact us via email to arrange alternative means of submission. There is a link to our Submittable portal at the bottom of this page.

  • Please note that we are not currently accepting submissions for poetry pamphlets, children's poetry or illustrated books.

  • We are currently accepting submissions for both debut collections from new or emerging poets 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 actively encourage and welcome diverse submissions, and would love to see more poetry submitted to Nine Arches Press from women, BAME, disabled and LGBTQ poets and those traditionally under-represented in poetry publishing.

  • Please submit a sample of twenty poems in one document 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.).

  • Please only submit previously unpublished work. By this, we mean that the complete collection of poems you are sending us should not have already been published either in physical form, as an ebook or online together as one complete publication. This includes self-publication. 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 for their poems in the United Kingdom. By this, we mean that you should have a record of previous publication of your poems in at least some of the following: poems in print magazines or journals, featured or winning as part of prizes or competitions, published in anthologies, in pamphlets or in previous full collections (but not in self-published volumes). 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, as it is highly unlikely we would accept a collection where the poet has no track record of previous publication of poems elsewhere. 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.



If you are ready to send us your poetry collection submission, please click the Submittable button here. Please note that this will only be open to submissions on

the dates advised above.

We look forward to reading your poetry submission. Good luck!

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