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Tears in the Fence Issue 69

Submissions for Tears in the Fence Issue 69 are now being accepted for publication in spring 2019.

We invite submissions of poetry, prose poems, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, translations, interviews and reviews. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published material. There is no set theme. However, we are looking for the unusual, perceptive, risk-taking as well as the imagistic, lived and visionary.

General submission guidelines

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

We aim to provide a forum for lively writing and debate. Poetry can be of any length. Single spaced. Fiction can be short – up to 100 words, or long – up to 3,500. We publish short prose poems, flash fiction and creative non-fiction. We publish a wide range of reviews and essays on recent books and anthologies that are scholarly, that is to say, informed, critical and aware without being poorly written and full of jargon. We also publish conversation pieces with poets. Enquiries welcome with interview suggestions.

All work must not have been previously published, either in print or online. We are able to accept single spaced submissions sent by email with an accompanying attachment in Word or rtf, and by post to Tears in the Fence, Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA. We write to contributors as soon as a decision is made. As Tears in the Fence receives more than 150 poems every week, we cannot consider more than 6 poems per poet per issue.

Please have a look at the About page and From The Current Issue to gauge what type of work we accept.

Email submissions to  We prefer all work to be sent in the body of an email and as an attachment. If for poetry formatting reasons it’s better to send your work in an attachment, then please put all your poems into one document. If you have an idea for a potential essay, review or interview, please get in touch with a short description of what you would like to do via our contact page.

Poems and prose remain the copyright of their author. Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which they appear and can purchase further copies.

“It is easy to place Tears in the Fence in the world of poetry. It is outstanding. Congratulations on your achievement.” Nathaniel Tarn