This year’s Saboteur Awards are open for nominations once more. If you haven’t voted yet, for one of the many deserving poetry magazines .. please consider voting for Obsessed With Pipework, in the Best Magazine category. OWP has been supporting poetry with ‘Strangeness and Charm’ for over 20 years. Let’s give Charles Johnson, OWP editor, some recognition for his efforts – vote here:
Publication dates are early in the months of February, May, August and November, more or less (but for no particular reason) coinciding with the festivals of Imbolc, Beltane, Lugnasadh and Samhain.
The magazine does not operate a submissions window, welcoming at any time offers of up to six original & unpublished poems written in English from anyone. Accepted poems that ‘miss’ a given issue of the magazine are simply rolled on for the following issue.
Address for snailmailed submissions:
8 Abbot’s Way
or email to:
If sending work by post, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope large enough to take all the poems (C5 or larger), in the absence of which expect no reply unless your poems are absoLUTEly brilliant.
The editor tends to favour work that may be unsure of itself but is willing to explore untried creative directions. Criteria include authenticity, humanity & the attempt to take off. Predictability, dogma and wordiness will almost always be rejected.
provisional November OWP contents (guess the order):-
Ali Pardoe: Climate Change,
On the Cusp.
C M Buckland: Return.
Cath Campbell: Across the Divide.
Ceinwen Haydon: Multiples of love,
Kerry Darbishire: Apology to a Spider,
Elaine Dunn: Jessica dreaming,
Jackie Fellague: Crack of Dawn,
The Valley Pocket Gopher’s Tale,
Waltz of the Teliospores.
Judith Shaw: Earthquake.
Maria Castro Dominguez:Hotel Solitude.
Mark Sorrel: Shepherding.
Martin Zarrop: Another Experiment with an Air Pump, Turn Round When Possible.
Oonah Joslin: Marree Man.
Pamela Johnson: Aeronautics,
Sam Smith: Bird Poem Reading.
House on the Hill,
Sue Kindon: Bomb Site off the Anlaby Road,
Susanna Harding: Attic, Jesus Lane, 2nd Year,
The Southing of the Sun.
Tim Dooley: Yellow.
Yes, OWP is now well & truly of age: issue number 80 has come and gone – followed by issue 81 and, in fact, number 82 is not far below the eastern horizon, well on track for an appearance in early May. Check our Facebook page in a few weeks to see a list of the poets & poems included.
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