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Submissions Call: Eyewear Publishing

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Submissions deadline: open

Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is a small press founded in 2012 by Todd Swift, based in London, UK, with excellent distribution in America. Our books have been recommended by such literary figures as Kaveh Akbar, Stephen Fry, Louis Theroux, Salman Rushdie, Clare Pollard, Vicki Feaver, Thomas Lux, Suhayl Saadi and The Rev. Jesse Jackson.
As a small independent press, Eyewear understands the importance of an open-door policy, especially at a time when so few presses accept unsolicited manuscripts.

We are actively seeking submissions for our Squint series: short (25,000-40,00 word) non-fiction introductions to cultural or political topics of current interest. Please get in touch if you can write one – mention the Squint series in your message!

THE MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE 2019 – The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019 is now open for submissions.

THE SEXTON PRIZE FOR POETRY – American poets.

THE FRANZ WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE – Any poet writing in English, of any nationality or age.

THE 2019 BEVERLY PRIZE FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITING – Any other submissions, in prose, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, criticism or drama, as well as poetry.

Full submission details available here.

About Eyewear Publishing

Eyewear Publishing has been recognised by the literary establishment as one of the more significant independent poetry presses publishing new work in the UK today. Eyewear has a commitment to the wider world of prose, and poetry, in English and translation. We search for emerging talent, and neglected out-of-work authors, as well as well-established figures. Our books have been well-reviewed in The TLS, The Times, Poetry (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Review and Poetry London; and have won major prizes for criticism (The Pegasus Award) and for poetry (The Edwin Morgan Award), We have won major accolades including: having two pamphlets win the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, full collections by Tim Dooley and Faisal Mohyuddin winning the Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and Maria Apichella’s Psalmody being nominated for Welsh Book of the Year and the prestigious Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

We do not aim only to produce prizewinning individuals, however, but actively look for new and experimental writers. Our ambitious pamphlet series was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Publishers Award in 2015 and we have continued to use the series format to publish and promote diverse, avant-garde first-time poets, many of whom had yet to be published before their inclusion in the series. We have also shown a consistent commitment to promoting new voices through our prizes, which make publication accessible to all levels of poets. Our Best New British & Irish Poets series has now been running for 3 years, and has been edited by literary luminaries including Maggie Smith and Luke Kennard; the judge for 2018 will be Forward Prize-shortlisted Nick Makoha. We have proven our consistent dedication to ambitious projects in publishing new work, and wish to take this further in future, for example with our biannual journal, The Eyewear Review, which will publish non-fiction and prose as well as the poetry we are known for. We were also recently chosen by the estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet, Franz Wright, to hold the inaugural Franz Wright Prize for Poetry, to support poets of any age and nationality in honour of Wright. The first judge will be Kaveh Akbar.

Eyewear Publishing has the goal of opening up the literary establishment: both by engaging new audiences with the art of poetry and by making publication accessible to neglected artists. Previous success in this aim comes in the form of our prizes and pamphlet series for new voices (described above), our collections of work by writers we believe to have been overlooked despite their socio-literary importance, and the poetry we commissioned for our anthologies in response to the refugee crisis and the 2015 Paris attacks. These anthologies analysed and lamented social issues through poetry: they effected social change by opening their readers’ minds to new questions.

As publishers, we act as a gateway for both artists and audiences. We hold up to 10 events every year, during which our poets perform and are given the chance to sell their own books. We also publish commercial non-fiction under our Maida Vale imprint, including the new book from SAS-trained adventurer David Fox-Pitt, endorsed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls and record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont. Our Squint series publishes the most up-to-the minute biographies and cultural theory of our times. In 2017, we also gained from the cultural coup of signing University Challenge stars, Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull, to write a bestselling quiz book, praised in the Telegraph among other media: “Among the usual glut of Christmas quiz books, The Monkman and Seagull Quiz Book […] stands out.” In short, we are well-versed in what is good to read. We discover, support and develop exciting new poets, while also taking great pleasure in working with writers at all stages of their careers. We are welcoming, with a commitment to diversity.

From Eyewear Publishing:

Did You Put The Weasels Out?

Sometimes, through no fault of anyone else, I find myself getting bored of knowing what to expect when I pick up a new collection. It takes a radical formal gesture to really refresh things, and that s what I found in Niall Bourke s Did You Put the Weasels Out? A surreal Onegin, endlessly, viciously playful, reinventing itself in every sonnet and sonnet-footnote like a linguistic Mandelbrot set. And what might have come off as a sophisticated but purely academic exercise is instead governed by a scabrous, self-effacing wit and a deep sense of love and its absurdity, which anchors every flourish into prose poetry and free verse and runs throughout the appendices and index. It’s a debut so energetic, so bursting with ideas and insistent music, it reminds you why you started writing in the first place and, whether you like it or not, that you won t be able to stop.

Order your copy online here.


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