Monday, 30 May 2016

Deadline looms for morphrog - 'poetry in the extreme' - 12 June 2016

The deadline for submissions to the thirteenth edition of Frogmore's online journal morphrog - 'poetry in the extreme' - is looming.


As ever, editors Jeremy Page and Peter Stewart are interested in reading poems that may struggle to achieve publication in more mainstream journals. If you have never seen morphrog, visit http://www.morphrog.com/ where number 12 will give an indication of the kind of work that is likely to find favour.

Submissions should be sent in a single word document to morphrog@gmail.com no later that 12 June 2016.

morphrog 13 will be published in July 2016.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Frogmore call for submissions: Watermarks - New Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers

In 2017 The Frogmore Press and Pells Pool in Lewes — the oldest freshwater pool in the UK — are publishing an anthology of exceptional new prose and poetry to celebrate the life aquatic.


The anthology will be edited by Tanya Shadrick (currently Writer-in-Residence at Pells Pool), Rachel Playforth and Rob Read. 

Tanya Shadrick, writer-in-residence at Pells Pool, Lewes
 We are looking for work by writers who find inspiration in or near lidos, lakes, sea pools and other wild swimming places. The writing has to be short — a maximum of 1000 words for prose and 50 lines for poetry — but supple. We want work full of quick turns, graceful strokes or surprising dives into the depths: stories which hold the attention and last in memory as good swimmers do when they take to the water; writing which has us catch our breath, laugh in delight or shiver a little.

Rachel Playforth
Nature and life writings are welcome, but must — like fiction and poetry — emphasise scene, story and sensation. We are not seeking local history, natural history or journalism.

We can only consider original writing in English, but authors are not restricted to UK waters: We are interested in work situated both close to home and far away.

Further criteria for submissions:
   Original material only. Submissions must not have been published previously in print or online , nor should they be out on simultaneous submission before January 2017
   Work should be double-spaced in Times New Roman or Arial
   For email submissions, use Watermarks in the subject line. Only one piece can be considered, and should be sent as a Word attachment to: watermarksanthology@gmail.com
   You can submit work by post to Watermarks, The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1PJ. If you would like your work returned to you please enclose a suitably-sized SAE. We can only acknowledge receipt by email, so for that purpose please include an email address with your postal submission.
   If you swim regularly at a particular lido or outdoor water, please mention this in your covering message.
   We are not able to pay for work accepted, but contributors will receive a copy of the anthology upon publication.
   The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2016

   Successful authors will be contacted by the end of January 2017

Alexandra Loske, Editorial advisor

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Submission details: The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2016, adjudicated by Catherine Smith

The deadline for submissions of poems or this year’s 30th Frogmore Prize is 31 May 2016. 

Adjudicator 2016: Poet Catherine Smith
Adjudicator Catherine Smith will read all entries. 

Sponsored by the Frogmore Press    www.frogmorepress.co.uk


Submission details:
The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headdon, John Latham, Diane Brown, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Joan Benner, Ann Alexander, Gerald Watts, Katy Darby, David Angel, Howard Wright, Julie-ann Rowell, Arlene Ang, Peter Marshall, Gill Andrews,A K S Shaw, Sharon Black, Emily Wills, Lesley Saunders and Sarah Barr.

Adjudicator: Catherine Smith will read all poems submitted for the 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize. She is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

Conditions of Entry
  1. Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication.
  2. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
  3. Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the appropriate fee of £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
  4. The following methods of payment are acceptable: cheque drawn on UK bank; British postal order; sterling.   
  5. Each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
  6. The author’s name and address should be provided on an accompanying sheet of paper.
  7. The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poets will be notified by post. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 88 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2016), which will be available at £5.00 from the address below, and on the Frogmore Press website.          
  8. To receive a copy of the results, please enclose an s.a.e. marked ‘Results’.
  9. Poems cannot be returned.
  10. Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2016.
  11. Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Frogmore Press reserves the right to publish all shortlisted poems.
  12. The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  13. Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
  14. The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Pindrop Press under new management

Pindrop Press, publisher of several Frogmore poets, including Zeeba Ansari, Sharon Black, Abegail Morley and Jeremy Page, is now under the management of Sharon Black, who won the Frogmore Poetry Prize in 2011. The Press was founded by poet Jo Hemmant in 2010 and published eighteen titles under her stewardship, most recently Meeting My Inners by Graham Mummery. 

Sharon Black
All titles in print are available from the Pindrop website at http://www.pindroppress.com/Bookshop.html or may be ordered through any good bookshop.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Frogmore News March 2016

Number 87 of The Frogmore Papers (Spring 2016) is published this week. 

The issue includes prose by Mark Freeman, Gregory Heath and Aaron Peysack, poetry by Mike Barlow, Richie McCaffery, Christine McNeill, Myra Schneider, Zel Norwood and others, and artwork by Alexei Talimonov. The cover design is by artist/bookseller Patrick Marrin. The issue also includes a conversation between Kay Syrad and Clare Best about her latest poetry publication CELL.

Copies are available post-free (£5.00) from:
The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ

Call for submissions

Submissions are invited for the next issue of Frogmore’s online journal morphrog (Poetry in the Extreme). Please send a maximum of six poems in a single Word document to: morphrog@gmail.com . The current issue of morphrog can be accessed at http://www.morphrog.com/


The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2016

Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

The deadline for submissions of poems or this year’s 30th Frogmore Prize is 31 May 2016. 

Adjudicator Catherine Smith will read all entries.


Submission details:
The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headdon, John Latham, Diane Brown, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Joan Benner, Ann Alexander, Gerald Watts, Katy Darby, David Angel, Howard Wright, Julie-ann Rowell, Arlene Ang, Peter Marshall, Gill Andrews,A K S Shaw, Sharon Black, Emily Wills, Lesley Saunders and Sarah Barr.

Adjudicator: Catherine Smith will read all poems submitted for the 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize. She is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

Conditions of Entry
  1. Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication.
  2. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
  3. Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the appropriate fee of £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
  4. The following methods of payment are acceptable: cheque drawn on UK bank; British postal order; sterling.   
  5. Each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
  6. The author’s name and address should be provided on an accompanying sheet of paper.
  7. The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poets will be notified by post. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 88 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2016), which will be available at £5.00 from the address below, and on the Frogmore Press website.          
  8. To receive a copy of the results, please enclose an s.a.e. marked ‘Results’.
  9. Poems cannot be returned.
  10. Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2016.
  11. Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Frogmore Press reserves the right to publish all shortlisted poems.
  12. The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  13. Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
  14. The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Literary Frogmore stocking fillers

Seeking inspiration for an unusual Christmas present? 


Copies of True Tales from the Old Hill, the Frogmore anthology of life writing, and The Needlewriters, showcasing poetry and prose from writers who have read at Needlewriters events, are both available from The Frogmore Press (£10 per copy, or £8 to contributors) or from Skylark bookshop in the Needlewriters (£10 per copy).

Catherine Smith's The New Cockaigne (£5) and Clare Best's Cell (£10) would make an excellent present for the poetry lover in your life. 


Sunday, 6 December 2015

More from Frogmore

The Frogmore Press has recently launched two new publications.  26 November saw the launch at the Red Roaster in Brighton of Clare Best’s Cell, which has been variously described as a ‘not-quite-pamphlet’ and a ‘folding artefact’. Cell is a poem in twelve sections with illustrations in charcoal by Michaela Ridgway. It tells the story of Christine Carpenter, a fourteen year old who took vows of silent devotion in 1329 and was enclosed in a cell in St James’ Church, Shere. 

Beautifully designed by Katy Mawhood, Cell has been described by Helena Nelson as ‘a potent tale for our times’. It is a unique publication, available exclusively from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ at £10.00 per copy.

Michaela Ridgway and Clare Best at the launch of Cell

On 1 December True Tales from the Old Hill, the anthology of life writing published in collaboration with the Centre for LifeHistory and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex, enjoyed a second outing at the Elephant and Castle in Lewes. Inspired by Paul Auster’s True Tales of American Life and edited by Rachel Cole and Jeremy Page with Katie Leacock and Sally Willow, the anthology includes more than fifty ‘true tales’ by contributors resident in or near Lewes, many of them – Mikey Cuddihy, Beth Miller, Minoli Salgado and Janet Sutherland among them – familiar names. 

True Tales from the Old Hill is available post free from The Frogmore Press also at £10.00 per copy.
The editorial team Rachel Cole & Jeremy Page, with Sally Willow and Katie Leacock

Co-editor of True Tales ... Rachel Cole introduces the anthology