Submission Guidelines

Submissions for ISSUE FOUR are open: deadline 9th November, 2017.

Editors’ note: It’s been nearly a year since Donald Trump won the US Presidential Elections on 9th November, 2016 … and what a year it’s been. As The Kindling turns ONE, we want to look back on everything that’s happened since then – in every sense. Send us your words! 



Poems should be:

  • Maximum 40 lines each, unless a sequence (see below)
  • Previously unpublished, including on your personal blog
  • Not placed (i.e. 1st, 2nd, Commended, etc.) in any national or international-level competitions; university-level competitions are fine
  • Entirely your own work, or, an original translation for which you also have permissions to publish the source text

Send us no more than 5 poems, or a sequence of no more than 200 lines, in one Microsoft Word document without your name or any other identifying details.

Please contact us if you think we should publish your work even if it the above conditions do not apply (e.g. if your new translation should be published without the source text).

All submissions and queries should be directed to We look forward to reading and reviewing your work!

Interviews & Reviews 

If you’d like to contribute an interview with a prominent poet for our upcoming issue, or review an exciting new work of poetry, we’d love to hear about it. Send us a pitch of less than 300 words at to tell us why we should feature it in The Kindling! 


Alternatively, use this form to get in touch: