Submissions


Spelt is now CLOSED for Submissions

The submissions window for Spelt no. 10

Details to follow

Open:

Closes:

See below for details on how to submit poetry, creative non fiction, poetry film and for this issue only, poems for children curated by our intern, Anna Roberts.

Please follow the guidelines carefully. You should have a response to your submission by 30th April 2023. 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We only accept previously unpublished work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

Poems for Middle Grade Children

For this issue only we are inviting submissions of poems aimed at a younger readership. We would like to see poems that help children from 9 to 12 years of age understand, experience and interact with the rural environment, and nature in general. This small section of the magazine will be curated by Anna Roberts, who is gaining work experience as a Masters student at York St John university. We are delighted to have Anna working with us and keen to use her own interest in publishing for children. Who knows, perhaps there will end up being an off shoot of Spelt aimed at children!

Anna Roberts is a master’s student, studying Creative Writing and Publishing at York St John University, having studied for a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. Born in county Durham she moved to North Yorkshire aged three, and very much views herself as a
Yorkshire lass, with a weakness for wensleydale and carrot chutney sandwiches. Anna’s genre is middle grade, fiction aimed for children aged between nine and twelve. She is currently working on an adventure, fantasy novel for this genre that she is planning to develop into a series.

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 please put GENERAL SUBMISSION in the subject line of your 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 please put GENERAL SUBMISSION in the subject line of your 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!

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 Please put POETRY FILM in the subject line of your email.

Poetry submissions for middle grade children

  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 aimed at children aged between 9 and 12 years old, in the body of the email, please no attachments as it slows the process down. Please note: the poems should be FOR children, not BY children.
  3. Send your submission to speltmagazine@gmail.com with POEMS FOR CHILDREN in the subject line of your email.

Payment

Spelt is currently unfunded. 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. 

Thanks and good luck with your submission!