The Emma Press (UK) Seeks Poems about Myths and Legends for Children (and more!)


The Emma Press Seeks Poems about
Myths and Legends for Children

The Emma Press has launched an open call for poems about myths and legends for an anthology aimed at children, publishing in spring 2015. The independent publisher is looking for poems which ‘tell myths and legends in fresh, engaging ways, and which give new spins to old stories and characters.’

The book will be edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and Emma Wright, who have collaborated previously on The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse, A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood and Fatherhood.

Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘This will be our first children’s book, and we’re very excited about reaching a new audience of writers as well as readers. I’ll be interested to see which stories poets choose and how they approach writing for children. I grew up reading stacks of treasuries of fairytales and myths, so I’m looking forward to producing my own fun, subversive and sumptuously illustrated book.’

The Emma Press was founded in 2012 and has since published three themed poetry anthologies, including The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood in May of this year. Anthologies about homesickness and exile and female friendship are scheduled for autumn 2014, and the publisher has just launched a further call for poems about age and ageing, as well as proposals for poetry pamphlets.

Poets are invited to submit up to three poems to Entry is free, but all poets must be members of The Emma Press Club, whereby the purchase of a book from the publishers’ website allows entry to all calls for anthology submissions within the calendar year. the deadline for submissions is 3rd August 2014. For more details, visit the publisher’s website at

About the Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher dedicated to producing books which are sweet, funny and beautiful. It was founded in 2012 in Winnersh, UK, by Emma Wright and the first Emma Press book, The Flower and the Plough, by Rachel Piercey, was published in January 2013. The Emma Press was awarded funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England to run the 10-date Mildly Erotic Poetry Tour around the UK in Autumn 2013, to coincide with the publication of The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse. For more information about The Emma Press, please contact Emma Wright at


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