Poetry24 is a blog for news-related and topical poetry.


Do you have something to say about current events in the world? Can you say it evocatively, with passion, rage, compassion and/or humour? Can you make us see things from a wider perspective or take us right into the heart of the matter? 

Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.

All poems must relate to a recent news item. (Ideally within the last week or two, although we occasionally consider poems on the anniversary of a significant event)

Send a maximum of two poems in the body of an email, to with 'Submission' and title of your poem(s) in the subject line.

You MUST include with every submission:

1. The title of the poem and your name or pen-name

2.  A hyperlink to a recent online news item which inspired the poem or gives the background facts to the issue you are writing about - remember not all readers will know them!

3. 30-word biography  You are welcome to include your blog, website address and/or Twitter name.  Even if you have submitted before it's really helpful if you include this every time.

Poems can be in any style but should be in English. Submissions must not have been previously published - even on your own blog. We prefer no more than 40 lines in length. If it's longer than that it had better blow our socks off!  See this interview with Clare for more about what we are looking for and why some poems are rejected.

We are happy to consider submissions of poems as audio files or YouTube films (as long as they have been uploaded less than 7 days prior to your submission). Please send us a hyperlink to your YouTube clip.

If you would like a particular image to go with your poem, please attach it to your submission as a jpeg - no larger that 1mb please. Please confirm in your email that you have the necessary rights to use any images you send. 

If you do not have an image, please tell us whether you would prefer (a) no image or (b) us to select one be believe to be appropriate. If you do not express a preference we reserve the right to make that decision.

We will aim to let you know whether your poem is going to be used within two weeks of receipt - but, given the nature of Poetry24, this will often be much quicker. If you haven't heard from us after two weeks, please contact us.

The number of poems that get posted in a single day will depend on the number and quality of appropriate submissions received. Generally we publish one poem a day. We're sorry, but we do not offer payment for poems on this site.

The small print
We reserve the right to alter Submission Guidelines at any time.
Copyright for all poems remains with the author. Poems will be kept in our archives but we are happy to remove them after 3 months if you ask us to.

We look forward to hearing from you!
The Editors