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Submission Guidelines

for Carcanet Books

Carcanet’s 2021 submissions window will open between June 16th-30th. Any submissions received outside these dates will not be considered or held for consideration.

We are seeking full-length poetry manuscripts in English or translation. We are accepting no short stories, children's prose/poetry, or non-poetry related titles (academic, biography etc) at the current time. We are not currently considering fiction in English or translation. 

Carcanet will consider submissions sent in PDF form to Please include an email and provide an email address for our response. If you are an individual subscriber to PN Review, please indicate this on your covering e-mail. 

Writers wishing to submit poetry should familiarise themselves with Carcanet's books and with PN Review. Many Carcanet authors have come to the attention of the Press by way of PN Review.

Decisions are usually taken within eight weeks, though in the current circumstances we cannot guarantee this.  

The Editor's decision is final. Given the volume of submissions we receive, it is not possible for us to offer feedback on work submitted. We discourage simultaneous submissions. 


Further information:

Listen to an interview with Michael Schmidt about submissions.

Subscribe to PN Review

PN Review appears every two months. It publishes outstanding poetry from the English-speaking world and in translation, accompanied by essays, interviews, reviews and features.

Subscribers receive:
Six issues of PN Review each year
Unlimited access to five decades of archive
The freedom to submit work electronically for editorial consideration
Invitations to PN Review sponsored lectures and events
Discounts on Gift Subscriptions

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Telephone: +44 (0) 161 834 8730
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