Obsessed with Pipework

Welcome to the web presence of Obsessed with Pipework magazine of new poetry with strangeness & charm. The first issue appeared in 1997, and we have managed four OWP a year ever since. 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The magazine does not operate a submissions window, welcoming at any time offers of up to six original & unpublished poems written in English from anyone.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. 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. No simultaneous submissions, please!

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.

A selection of back numbers can be seen online as part of the searchable Poetry Library archive: http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk. A current copy costs £4.50 by post, or £15.00 will get you a year’s subscription. 

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Contributors receive a free copy of the issue/s containing their work. Cheques should be made payable to Flarestack Publishing – or use Paypal (account name: Mr C H Johnson, reference: charles.johnson72@aol.co.uk). Mail address for all

Charles Johnson, editor, OWP

8 Abbot’s Way,



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Email address: owpeditors@outlook.com

(backup email: haroldthing@icloud.com). Phone 07942739596.