Candlestick Press does not invite submissions; we commission researchers to find poems for us and if your work has been published, it will automatically be considered along with other published poems when we research a theme.

You are very welcome to send us reference copies of your published work for our central resource library if you wish. Send this to Candlestick Press at the Diversity House address on our contact page, with a brief note of your contact details which should include an email address.

If your work has not been published and you are looking to place it with an appropriate publisher, we suggest starting with the ‘Write & Publish’ pages of the National Poetry Library website.

The Scottish Poetry Library also has useful advice for poets.

The Poetry Society website lists poetry book publishers and magazines and gives details of current competitions. You can also find information about their regular programme of Poetry Surgeries (one-to-one sessions with established poets) and contact details for local ‘Stanza’ groups.

Candlestick often runs competitions too. We also issue call-outs for poems on particular themes when we’re planning forthcoming titles. Information about these is posted on the Competitions page of our website and circulated via social media (@poetrycandle).

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