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Taking Submissions: The Book of Bad Betties

April 30, 2021

Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Payment: A copy of the book and £50
Theme: Poems that pay tribute to the women who’ve changed our lives
Note: My apologies for the short turnaround, this JUST hit my inbox.

Submissions are OPEN for our 2021 anthology, The Book of Bad Betties.

Deadline: 30th April


We’re looking for poems that pay tribute to the women who’ve changed our lives—whether yours personally, or the wider world’s. From your mum to Marsha P Johnson, Enheduanna to Joan of Arc, Maya Angelou to Marlene Dietrich. We want to hear about the baddasses, the queens, the upstarts, the legends, the bosses, the matriarchs, the hellraisers, the darlings, the dames.

We aim to represent a broad range of poetic styles and approaches, so roam wild and take this wherever you want.

If your work’s chosen, you’ll receive a copy of the book and a £50 fee, and be invited to perform at an online launch in September.


Submission guidelines

  • Please send 1-3 poems (in a single PDF or Word doc) to [email protected]
  • Please use 2021 Anthology as your email subject
  • We’re looking for work that has not been previously published (in a book, magazine or on social media – screenshare during online events is fine)
  • There’s no line limit or requirements for font or contact details
  • Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world
  • The deadline is Midnight, 30th April — poems sent after this won’t be read

The best way to get an idea of the kind of work we like is to read our books. (We don’t require any purchase and it won’t affect your chances of selection, but it will help to keep us in business and support indie publishing.) After sending work, you’ll get an immediate response confirming that we’ve received your submission. We’re aiming to make decisions and respond to everyone by July. If you have a question about submissions, please get in touch at [email protected] If you’re waiting to hear back about a pamphlet or collection submission, there’s more information here.

Via: Bad Betty Press.


April 30, 2021