About Poetry Wales

Founded in 1965, Poetry Wales is a triannual magazine with an international reputation for excellent poems, features and reviews from Wales and beyond. Emerging from a rich bilingual culture, Poetry Wales explores the diverse perspectives of Welsh poetry in English and its international relationships.

Its interest in translation, and in local and national identities in a global context, are at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in poetry today. The magazine is open to tradition and experiment, publishing poetry from a wide range of approaches. Against this background of dynamic contrast, it offers a lively and informed critical context for the best contemporary poetry.

Please read a copy of Poetry Wales magazine before submitting to get an idea of the kind of poetry we publish. The magazine welcomes ideas for features to appear in the magazine. If there is an article you would like to write for the magazine, or if you are interested in writing reviews of poetry books for us, please e-mail editor@poetrywales.co.uk

Call for Submissions

As usual for Issue 59.1, we are open for general submissions, starting on the 7th March 2023. For this issue, however, we will also be celebrating the South Wales Valleys and areas like it that experience economic stress. We would be glad to see submissions from those writers who have connections to the Valleys as well to communities that may be considered ‘working class’ across the UK and the world.

The term “working class” is sometimes synonymous with a specific demographic of white, straight men, and while all submissions are welcome and carefully read, we would also be pleased to see work from groups traditionally marginalised, like writers of the global majority, disabled poets, neurodiverse writers, and queer communities. This is not designed, however, to obscure specific experiences, for example of Blackness, through a class-not-race logic. We only mention this to be sure that the whiteness sometimes ascribed to the category “working class” does not obscure a varied practice of writing through, around, and about economic stress, inflected by individual experiences.

Future Issues

Issue 59.2 will be an open call for submission at a yet to be announced date in July 2023, though we will be providing a tribute to the Welsh poet, Dannie Abse, to posthumously celebrate his 100th birthday.

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