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Please ensure that you read the submission policy below
Agenda now only accepts E- Mail Submissions
There will be a twelve-week submission turn around time, during which every effort will be made to reply to your submission. If you have not had a response during this twelve-week period, then we feel it is acceptable and fair to submit your poems elsewhere. Should you already have a snail mail submission with us, please apply this new criteria and submit new work via e-mail.
We hope that accepting submissions via e-mail only will save on post and material costs, ease the administration and in turn speed up the process of reply.
Send no more than five poems or two essays/reviews,
with short biography, address and age.
Submissions for the magazine and for the online
be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Important note about dashes: Make a proper dash by typing a word, a space, then a hyphen, a space and another word (even if you don't want this word e.g. at the end of a line of poetry). Then a dash is formed automatically. Do not use two hyphens for a dash or a single hyphen.
House style for biographies (to be sent on separate word attachments):
Times New Roman, font size 12, 100%
Single spacing and write proper sentences (no notes).
No more than 6 lines.
Start with your name in bold and write the biography in the 3rd person e.g. Not ‘I’.
Names of books in italics, names of poems in single quotation marks.
If a Broadsheet poet, include your age (age 15 – late thirties).
House style for poems (each poem on a separate word attachment):
Times New Roman, font size 12, 100%
Single quotation marks if there is speech in the poem
Name in bold
Double space, then
Title in bold
Double space after title
Poem in single spacing
House style for essays in Agenda:
Single quotation marks (double inside single if necessary)
Double space for a new paragraph, no indenting
For chunks of quotations, don’t indent, a double space before and after (and no quotation marks for a chunk). Name of poem underneath (single space) last line of quotation and moved to the right, in brackets.
Names of books/journals in italics, titles of poems in single quotation marks
Font size 12, Times New Roman, 100%
For inverted commas/quotation marks:
Name of a poem e.g. His poem, ‘The Brook’, is a fine poem. Quotations marks (like brackets), then comma or full stop.
Otherwise – in a sentence – full stop or comma and then the quotation mark e.g. Wordsworth wrote, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud.’
All submissions to email@example.com
What kind of work the Editor looks for:
- Poems that are deeply felt and well-crafted
that are challenging, original and well-constructed.
It is hoped to develop a lively critical forum
within the pages of Agenda and online.
What kind of
work the Editor would like to see less of:
- Oversentimental, cliché-ridden poetry;
poetry with dumdidum rhymes that boss the
poet into using particular words just for the
of the pat rhymes; poetry that is badly crafted
and too prosaic, and poetry that does not
come from the heart
- Essays/reviews that use academic jargon ad
nauseam, have too few examples, too few quotations.
that are too obsequious, too obviously pandering
to the writer in question.
to fifty poems are published in an issue, depending
on whether it is a double or a single
issue, and up to as many as 20 books are reviewed.
Several essays are usually included also. Around
25 poems appear on each online Broadsheet.
As a general rule we do not accept previously
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