Submitting your poetry to Anvil
At present we are not looking at any unsolicited work. We will post a notice here to say when we are ready to resume doing so.
In general and for future reference: we do not consider unsolicited work sent by e-mail. We only consider submissions sent by mail in typescript form, and with suitable means enclosed to pay for return, if return is required. (If it is not, please say in your covering letter that we may recycle it.) Expect to wait for several months before you receive a response.
Our interests and editorial priorities can be judged from this website or our printed catalogue. Please bear them in mind – for example, we do not publish children’s books. Please don’t submit your work if you are not familiar with our list.
If you haven’t published poems in poetry magazines, you should be aiming to do so before approaching book publishers, who are unlikely to be interested in books by writers who have had little or nothing accepted by magazines.
If you are writing in English but living outside the UK or Ireland, consider starting to publish locally.
We judge the quality of translated poetry by the quality of the translation as English poetry. Our translators are mainly poets in English. But we cannot publish unknown foreign poets, however good.
For information about poetry magazines in the UK, see reference works like The Writers’ Handbook or The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, or join the Poetry Society: www.poetrysociety.org.uk
We do not offer critical advice. You can use the Poetry Society’s critical service at
or consider joining workshop groups.