For Carcanet Books
Carcanet considers submissions and book proposals submitted in hard copy form. No electronic submissions will be considered. Writers wishing to submit poetry should familiarise themselves with Carcanet's books and then, in the first instance, send between six and ten pages of work (poetry or translations) and a stamped and self-addressed return envelope. Decisions are usually taken within eight weeks. Writers wishing to propose projects should send a synopsis and covering letter with sample pages, having first ascertained from the website that the kind of book proposed is suitable for the Carcanet programme. Please do not call in person.
Our list concentrates on poetry. We are accepting no short stories, children's prose/poetry or non-poetry related titles (academic, biography etc) at the current time.
We regret to say that we are not considering fiction in English or translation at this time.
The Editor's decision is final. Further information:
Listen to an interview with Michael Schmidt about submissions
Michael Schmidt also contributes the chapter 'Getting poetry published'
in the 2011 Writers and Artists Yearbook
(A & C Black Publishers Ltd) OxfordPoets
In November 1998 Oxford University Press took the decision to cease publishing collections by contemporary poets, and those who had been published by OUP migrated to various presses. The core of the list was taken on by Carcanet Press in March 1999, when it established an independent editorial board for the imprint.
Since 1999, OxfordPoets
has published nearly 50 collections, including work by Charles Tomlinson, Joseph Brodsky, Anthony Hecht, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Stephen Romer, Greg Delanty, Jenny Lewis, Sasha Dugdale, Jane Draycott and Chris Beckett.
Former members of the editorial board include David Constantine, Hermione Lee, and Bernard O’Donoghue. The current members of the editorial board are: Iain Galbraith, poet, translator and editor; Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library; and Jeremy Noel-Tod, Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
imprint publishes an average of three collections annually, including an anthology of new work every two or three years. The Board meets twice a year to consider submissions, which may include collections in translation. Three hard copies should be sent to Carcanet Press, clearly marked for the attention of OxfordPoets
’ Editors. Submissions of a collection should be the full collection. Submissions for the anthology should be up to 10 poems, and will be called for when the next anthology publication date is agreed.