Submissions

 Announcement ignitionpress welcomes submissions by emerging poets from 10 June - 7 July 2024.

Established in 2017, ignitionpress is an award-winning poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets.

Pamphlets published by the press have so far received five Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice selections (for A Hurry of English by Mary Jean Chan, Alycia Pirmohamed’s Hinge, Ripe by Isabelle Baafi, Fathima Zahra’s Sargam / Swargam, and When the Flies Come by Fahad Al-Amoudi). Three pamphlets have been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award, and the press won the Michael Marks Publishers' Award in 2021.

You can find out more about the press and how we work in this interview on the Friday Poem website with our Managing Editor, Les Robinson, or watch this short video that we produced for the Michael Marks Awards, 2021.

Learn more about the 25 pamphlets we have published and their authors on our Pamphlets page. We encourage you to read our pamphlets before submitting to get an idea about the kind of work we tend to publish and how our pamphlets look and feel.

How to submit

We welcome submissions from emerging poets aged 18 and over anywhere in the world. We consider an emerging poet to be a writer who has had some poems published online or in magazines, but who has not yet published a chapbook, pamphlet, or book-length collection. We expect that you will have – or be working towards – a pamphlet-length manuscript of around 18-20 poems. Our pamphlets are normally 36 pages in total. Please see our note below about the editing process at ignitionpress.

Please submit:

  • 6 poems that give us a sense of your proposed pamphlet. One or more of these poems can have been previously published. For the purposes of your submission, individual poems should be no more than fifty lines long.
  • 75 words that summarise your manuscript as it stands and tells us about you as a poet. Feel free to include any notable poetry projects, successes in competitions, and publications in magazines or anthologies. Please add this to the same document as the poems and ensure that your name and e-mail address are included.

The submission window will be open from Monday 10 June at 00.00 until 23.59 on Sunday 7 July. Please send your poems and summary as one document to ignitionpress@brookes.ac.uk

Please don’t send your work outside these times as it will not be considered. There is no ‘submissions fee’ to submit your work, and simultaneous submissions are acceptable. However, if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher whilst it is still under consideration by ignitionpress, please inform us asap.

If you have questions about your submission or the process that are not answered by our frequently asked questions section below, please feel free to contact Niall Munro: ignitionpress@brookes.ac.uk

We look forward to reading your work!

Selection and publication

  • We will contact successful poets in August 2024.
  • Our indicative timeline includes acceptance in August, editing from August-November, publication in December, and a launch in December/January.
  • We pay poets £125 upon acceptance of the final manuscript and an additional payment of at least £50 in travel expenses for launches. We also give poets 15 free copies of their pamphlet. Poets can buy subsequent copies of any ignitionpress pamphlet (including their own) at a 40% discount (ie. at £3.60 instead of the RRP of £6).
  • Our initial print run for a pamphlet is normally 300 copies.
  • ignitionpress guarantees our poets at least one online launch and, depending on where you live, one in-person launch.
  • We normally ask that poets do not have another pamphlet or book coming out within a year of their ignitionpress pamphlet being published.
  • In tandem with the poet, the press promotes the pamphlets extensively via social media, through the Poetry Centre’s marketing channels, at events, and on our website.
  • We sell the pamphlets via the Oxford Brookes Shop, distribute them to various bookshops and festivals around the UK, and enter them for competitions such as the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice and the Michael Marks Awards.
  • ignitionpress aims to actively support our poets beyond publication, and many of our writers have taken part in events, workshops, and other opportunities organized by the Poetry Centre or the press.

A note about editing

ignitionpress operates a hands-on editing process. Our aim is to work with our poets to produce the best possible pamphlet. If you are seeking a publisher to release your manuscript as it is and don’t want any editorial input, we are not the publisher for you! Our editorial process typically lasts 3-4 months and involves a dialogue between editor and writer, with the final decisions always left to the poet. Our current editors are: Les Robinson, Claire Cox, and Niall Munro, and you can find out more about us on our Editorial Board page.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What do you mean when you say that the press has ‘an international outlook’?

A. ignitionpress is an outward-looking press that was set up to publish a broad range of voices from many different places and backgrounds. We have so far published writers from a range of countries and heritages, including Zimbabwe, the US, Canada, Jordan, Hong Kong, Greece, the UK, and India.

Q. Will you publish book-length collections?

A. No. ignitionpress remains a pamphlet-only publisher.

Q. I've already published a chapbook, pamphlet, or book-length collection elsewhere - can I still submit?

A. No. ignitionpress looks for poets who have not previously published a collection of poetry. If you're trying to find a publisher for your work, you might consult the useful lists available on the Poets' Directory website or the National Poetry Library site.

Q. Do you require the poems or summary to be presented in a certain font or format?

A. No. Poems need only be typed and legible. However, we request that you don’t send us individual poems of more than 50 lines in length at this stage.

Q. Can I submit more than 6 poems?

A. No. Please only send us one submission of 6 poems.

Q. Should I submit my work anonymously?

A. No, please include your name and e-mail address on your submission.

Q. If I submitted poetry to ignitionpress in the past but wasn’t published by the press, can I submit again now?

A. Yes, so long as you have not previously published a chapbook, pamphlet, or book-length collection. We also recommend that you do not submit exactly the same poems that you shared with us before.

Q. I’m planning to publish a book-length collection soon after the date of publication mentioned above. Is that OK?

A. Not really! Having a publication appearing so soon after a pamphlet makes it very difficult to sell the pamphlet, particularly if many of the same poems appear in the both the pamphlet and the collection. The editors of your full-length collection are also likely to want to know where and when previous versions of your poems have been published. We normally expect poets not to have another publication until at least 12 months after their pamphlet has been published.

Q. Would I have any say in the cover design?

A. No. ignitionpress has a recognisable cover design which we will be retaining for the foreseeable future.

Q. Will I have to sign a contract?

A. Yes, we do ask poets to sign a simple contract. Contact us at ignitionpress@brookes.ac.uk if you would like more information about this.

Q. Do you operate a royalty scheme for poets?

A. No. As per the information above, we pay poets a one-off fee of £125 when they submit their manuscript and at least £50 in travel expenses.

About our pamphlets

Our most recent three new pamphlets by Janine Bradbury, Eira Murphy, and Eric Yip are available to buy! You can find out more about them on the Pamphlets page.

You can watch the online launch of these pamphlets and previous launches on our YouTube channel.

Each of our pamphlets costs either £5 or £6, and you can buy three for £13. Find out more about the poets, and the pamphlets on their dedicated pages. You can also sign up for our Newsletter, and follow the Poetry Centre on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

Please be aware that, owing to new tax rules, we, like other small presses, are currently unable to ship to EU countries, unless you are happy for us to send the pamphlets 'delivered duty unpaid', which may make you liable for import costs. If so, please let us know when ordering. We are very sorry about this and hope to be able to resume regular postage to the EU soon.

The ignitionpress list

All of the pamphlets published by ignitionpress that are currently in print are available from our online Shop: When the Flies Come by Fahad Al-Amoudi, Ripe by Isabelle Baafi, Sometimes Real Love Comes Quick & Easy by Janine Bradbury, Radical Pairings by Clementine E Burnley, He Said I Was a Peach by Katie Byford, Finishing School by Michaela Coplen, Glean by Patrick James Errington, Lung Iron by Daniel Fraser, Naming Bones by Joanna Ingham, Trimming the Wick by Laboni Islam, City Poems by Mia Kang, Hush by Majella Kelly, Whetstone by Eira Murphy, Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed, Kitchen Boombox by Jacob Anthony Ramírez, Staircase by Zein Sa'dedin, The Bullshit Cosmos by Sarah Shapiro, Ephebos by Kostya Tsolakis, Shadow Dogs by Natalie Whittaker, Exposure by Eric Yip, Sargam / Swargam by Fathima Zahra, and Small Inheritances by Belinda Zhawi.

Three pamphlets: A Hurry of English by Mary Jean Chan, There's No Such Thing by Lily Blacksell, and Kismet by Jennifer Lee Tsai have sold out.

The website has specific pages about our poets and their pamphlets.