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In the Sticks

Offa’s Press is looking for poetry that addresses the complexity of rural lives, people and nature, in the West Midlands today.

Poems should be focussed on the realities of living in the country and can be about any aspect of country life from wildlife and nature to farming and the environment, to village life, isolation, travel issues, markets, fairs and rural dating.

We are not looking for idealised versions of the rural that, perhaps, never were but will welcome poems that deal with current issues and problems as well as the more joyful side of life in the sticks.

All poems to be sent by email, as a Word attachment, to The deadline is May 31 and poets may submit up to 4 pages/ 6 poems, using a 12 pt font, ideally Times New Roman.

If you haven’t heard anything from us by June 30th you can assume your entry has not been accepted. This doesn’t mean your work is poor but may indicate a high level of entries.

Poems previously published may be included as long as proper acknowledgement is provided.

Those who are successful will be notified by email and may be invited to a launch event along with being sent a free copy of the anthology. There are no fees.

The editors reserve the right to lightly edit work accepted. We intend to publish in early August.

In the Sticks