Submission Guidelines

The format of the magazine has recently changed, so even if you have submitted before, please read the guidelines first!

 

Magazine Submissions

When is the deadline?

We publish on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline. The previous format was for the magazine to be published in print and as a PDF once per month. However, we are now publishing work directly onto the Peeking Cat Poetry website and releasing print copies on a rolling basis whenever we have enough work to fill an issue.

What can I send?

Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine accepts all forms of poetry. We also accept fiction under 1,000 words. Though cats are in our name, they are not the only subject we publish – a cat poem once in a while is quite fitting but we publish work on a variety of topics! We do not accept violent, erotic, racist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive work, and encourage submissions from all writers including new, established and marginalised authors.

Please send either a Word document or work in the body of the email. No PDFs please – these are difficult for me to edit and I reserve the right to reject these automatically.

We accept simultaneous submissions but please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to withdraw a piece from consideration – it’s very disappointing for us to send an acceptance email, only to receive a reply saying the work is no longer available for publication.

By submitting your work, you are confirming you are happy for us to publish it unless you withdraw it.

We receive a lot of submissions, so it may take some time for us to get back to you. If you haven’t heard from us after three months, please feel free to enquire about your submission.

How many pieces of work can I send?

You may send us up to three poems and two stories. If you send more than three poems, only the first three will be read – there’s only so much time in the day! Please send only one email containing the maximum of three poems and two stories, either in the body of the email or as one document.

Please do not send multiple emails, and don’t send more submissions until you have received a response to those you have already sent. After receiving a response from us (whether or not your work is accepted), please wait three months before submitting to us again.

Will I be paid?

Please note that regretfully, we are currently unable to offer payment, whether in the form of complimentary copies or monetary. However, each magazine issue will be made available to download for free, so you can still see your work when it is published.

Do I need to send you my biography?

Yes, please send a short author bio. This only needs to be a couple of sentences, so don’t go crazy! You can even send us a link to your website which I will place under the Authors section of the Peeking Cat Poetry website. If you don’t send your bio with your submission we’ll need to ask you for it which can sometimes delay publication, so please do remember to put it in your email along with your submissions.

What about the legal bit?

For pieces we publish, you grant us non-exclusive rights to print, publish, distribute and sell copies of the work in printed form and online in the English language throughout the world.

Your work will be printed exactly as you have sent it and only the font type and size will be changed to conform to the style of the magazine. We may edit the work if we find anything we believe to be a spelling or grammar error. Any italics, underlined, bold, etc. will be exactly as you have emailed them to me.

You may publish your work in other mediums if you choose, but we would appreciate it if you would credit Peeking Cat Poetry as the first publisher. Any compensation you receive from other mediums remains yours in whole.

Where can I buy the magazine?

The magazine will be available to purchase on Lulu.com. See the issues page for links to all previous publications. You can also sign up to our newsletter using the form on the right-hand side of the page to be alerted when new issues are released.

Happy with all that? Great! Send your submissions to editor@peekingcatpoetry.co.uk

You can also read an interview with the editor on Six Questions For…

By submitting your work to Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine you are agreeing to the above guidelines.