Submissions


Spelt is CLOSED for Submissions

The submissions window for Spelt no. 9, our Spring issue:

To Be Decided

See below for details on how to submit poetry, creative non fiction and poetry film. Please follow the guidelines carefully. You should have a response to your submissionspelt 8 (The Winter Issue) by 5th December 2022. Do feel free to chase us up if you have not heard after this date.

Spelt Submission Guidelines

We only accept previously unpublished work

We do not accept simultaneous submissions

Poetry and Creative Non Fiction

We are looking for poetry and creative non-fiction that has something to say about the rural experience. We want to avoid romanticising the rural, but at the same time, we don’t want the rural experience to be all about pig sh*t and visits to the Slaughtered Lamb. So what are we looking for?

We will read any poems or creative non-fiction that falls into our inbox within the submissions window, but you have a much better chance of being published if you have made your work the very best that it can be.

Poets: think about the tools in the poet’s work box and how they might be used to lift your poem off the page. Think about your reader, think about how you can bring a unique point of view to your work.

Creative non-fiction writers: we don’t want journalistic articles or op eds, we want prose that uses creativity to explore the subjects that you, and our readers might be interested in. Take something usual and make it unusual. 

Subjects that particularly interest us (not an exhaustive list)

  • Exploring the liminality (the in-between places) of semi wild spaces within the urban 
  • Nature, all of it
  • The real rural experience: what is it like living out in the sticks? 
  • Farming
  • Landscape and the psychogeography of landscape, how the landscape you live in shapes you as a person.
  • Rural culture, events, traditions
  • The personal within the rural experience

New Feature!

Spelt will be running a new regular feature curated by co-ed Steve Nash. This section will deal with how the rural is interpreted beside and inside the urban. Where do you find nature in the city, where are those strange wild places that are pockets of rural life, butting up to the urban centres? Send your best poetry and/or creative non fiction to our usual submission email address, with the subject line URBAN RURAL. Details above. We look forward to reading your work!

If you wish to send submissions to both Urban Rural and General submissions, please put these into two submissions with the subject headings URBAN RURAL or GENERAL so that we can easily and quickly ascertain where they are going.

Submissions

Please follow these simple instructions:

Poetry

  1. Include a cover letter in the body of your email. This should tell us a bit about you, where you’ve been published and why you think Spelt is a good fit for your work. Also include your name and the titles of your poem/s.
  2. Include up to six poems in the body of the email, please no attachments as it slows the process down.
  3. Send your submission to speltmagazine@gmail.com
  4. For general submissions, please put GENERAL SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email.
  5. Submissions for the urban/rural section should have URBAN RURAL in the subject line of the email.

Creative Non Fiction

  1. Include a cover letter in the body of your email. This should tell us a bit about you, where you’ve been published and why you think Spelt is a good fit for your work. Also include your name, the title of your piece/s and a word count.
  2. Include in the body of your email up to two pieces of creative non-fiction. 
  3. Your creative non-fiction piece/s should not exceed 1500 words. 
  4. Send your submission to speltmagazine@gmail.com
  5. For general submissions, please put GENERAL SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email.
  6. Submissions for the urban/rural section should have URBAN RURAL in the subject line of the email.

You can submit both poetry and creative non-fiction in the same submission.

You will receive a confirmation email within a few days of submitting.

You should have a submissions response by 5th December 2022. If you haven’t, chase us up!

Payment

We are right at the start of our journey and although it’s in our five year plan to be able to pay writers, we do not have the budget right now, but you will receive a contributor copy of the magazine. 

POETRY FILM SUBMISSIONS

We are absolutely delighted to introduce to you our new poetry film editor, Helen Dewbery.

Helen Dewbery has taught poetry film extensively, in person and online. Her poetry films have appeared internationally at poetry festivals, where she has also presented talks and curations. For seven years she delivered a programme of poetry film events at Poetry Swindon Festival, including events in the community and an outdoor projection. Helen’s work has included the poetry film collection ‘Nothing in the Garden’, the Wild Whispers transnational project and the poetry film magazine Poetry Film Live. She is an associate of the Royal Photographic Society. 
www.helendewbery.com

Submissions

Poetry Film

  1. Include a cover letter in the body of your email. This should tell us a bit about you (and the poet/filmmaker if different), where your poetry films have been seen and why you think Spelt is a good fit for your work. Also include the title of your poetry film/s and the length in minutes and seconds. 
  2. Include in the body of your email YouTube or Vimeo link/s for up to two poetry films. (Include passwords if necessary.)
  3. Your poetry film/s should not exceed 5 minutes. 
  4. If your poetry film is selected, we will require it to be captioned.
  5. Please ensure you have copyright/permissions for all materials used.
  6. Send your submission to speltmagazine@gmail.com
  7. Please put POETRY FILM in the subject line of your email.

Thanks and good luck with your submission!