Rack Press

Rack Press Poetry

I have come to hope that a Rack Press pamphlet may be a tiny gift-box of unusually good poems.

Alison Brackenbury, PN Review

Founded in the Welsh Marches in 2006 Rack Press is an award-winning poetry press that produces attractive limited edition pamphlets of contemporary poetry. You can learn more about current events, publications and readings on the Rack Press blog where you can also download the current catalogue.

In common with many other poetry publishers just now we are experiencing very high numbers of submissions and, like them, we have had to adopt a policy of not reading any more unsolicited manuscripts. We hope this is a temporary measure and we will indicate any change of policy on our website.

If you are considering submitting a collection of poems for publication it is vital, when we resume, that you read and follow the guidelines below.  Submissions which fail to do so are automatically rejected.


How to submit (read this for guidance and then if you are sure submit by email or post) though please note that currently we are not accepting submissions and this information is for any future use.

Rack Press publishes only four or five short poetry pamphlets a year. This means that the scope for publishing unsolicited work is very limited and the overwhelming majority of unsolicited submissions are, regrettably, turned down. This is no reflection on the quality of work submitted and no one submitting work should be discouraged. Often we would love to publish your work but we simply don’t have the capacity.

The decision on what to publish is complex and isn’t necessarily a question of ranking submissions in order of assumed merit like a civil service examination list; a publisher will want to think about the nature of each submission, how it relates to others being planned for that year, and how it fits in with other ideas and commissioning plans we might have in order to maintain a rich and varied list. That’s another reason why a rejection doesn’t imply a negative judgement on the quality and distinction of your own work.

If you would like to submit work please obtain a copy of one of the pamphlets and study it carefully so that what you are submitting suits the format and style of Rack Press. Submit only enough poems for a 12 page A5 pamphlet (10 pages of poems) not a full-length book collection.

Individually tailored email submissions (but not blanket mailings which are automatically binned) are perfectly acceptable. Postal submissions should enclose return postage or an email address at which you can be contacted. If you wish, you can enclose a very brief literary curriculum vitae (one paragraph) and one or two copies of any reviews of your work.


Rack Press blog

Submissions to Rack Press: rackpress@nicholasmurray.co.uk

To download a copy of the Rack Press 2017 brochure click here (PDF.)

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