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Poetry Submissions

I’ve hardly submitted anything anywhere this year. Work pressures, lack of belief in my own writing, time spent on other activities. The usual excuses. But as I start to write again, I am starting to look out for new opportunities to submit poems. I follow a good few magazines on Twitter, so am watching out for magazine open submission windows. There are also a few listing sites I use. But it can be a bit…

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Crow Name

A quick post to plug a relatively new online (also available in print format) magazine in which I have a prose piece appearing. You can read it here; Crow Name, issue 3 https://crowname.com/crow-name-issue-3/ I hope you enjoy it and the rest of the writing within Crow Name. It’s an international magazine with writers from around the world.

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Dreich – Summer Anywhere Anthology

Delighted to receive a copy of the latest Dreich anthology, Summer Anywhere. My poem On the Success or Otherwise of Disposable Barbecues makes an appearance amongst 200 pages of poems by other poets. I’ve not read them all yet, (my copy arrived yesterday), but what I have read so far is excellent. Fellow Portsmouth poet (and Ted Hughes award winner) has a superb poem in the anthology. You can order a copy here if interested;…

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How I Track my Poetry Submissions

I’ve had a couple of new acceptances in the last couple of days – another acceptance for Green Ink Poetry, and a poem in the first edition of Acropolis Journal. Both are online magazines. I’ll share both when they go live, though one is pretty dark – to put it mildly – and will need a trigger warning. I thought I would use this as an opportunity to share how I track my poetry submissions…

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Ink Sweat and Tears

A post this morning to plug a prose poem of mine which makes its’ first appearance on the Ink Sweat & Tears website today. It’s one of a 25 – 30 page sequence of prose poems / hybrid / flash fiction pieces with driving, childhood, loss, reconciliation and Tangerine Dream as running themes. It does beg the question, what is poetry? One of my friends, on receiving a copy of Landings was disappointed that there…

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On Rejection

I received my first poetry rejection of the year last week. I’ve had enough over the years to not be bothered by them. They come with the territory, no matter how good a writer you are.  “I love my rejection slips,” wrote Sylvia Plath. “They show me I try.”  A rejection means very little in terms of meaningful judgment on the quality of the rejected poem, or poet for that matter. Rejected poems can do…

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Abergavenny Small Press

A quick mention that I have a couple of new poems appearing in the second online edition of ASP magazine. You can read them here – but do also look at the other poetry and flash fiction appearing in this new magazine. All magazines, whether print or, as in the case of this one, online, take a lot of time to put together and deserve all the support they can get. https://www.asppublishing.co.uk/richard-williams

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Day Job Distractions

It’s been a while since I last posted here. Like many before me, and many, many more to follow, my period in furlough was ended by notice of impending redundancy. Poetry doesn’t pay the bills, and I had to devote a lot of time to a) searching for a new role and b) building my sideline art , photography & sporting memorabilia business to cover some of my ongoing bills. Happily (for me) , I…

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