Call Out for Tentacles Anthology of Poetry


Submissions are now open for the Tentacles Anthology of Poetry, a collection of work by D/deaf poet and poets with disabilities. Open to all ages and free to enter, we would like to invite writers to submit poems based on the theme of ‘identity’. You can interpret this theme in any way you choose, and submit up to three poems (up to 40 lines per poem) for possible publication in the anthology. The anthology will be published by Big White Shed and everyone published will be invited to attend a special book launch/sharing event, which will take place in Summer 2019. The judges for the competition are Neal Pike and Leanne Moden and we will be in contact with you by mid-April to let you know whether your work has been chosen for the anthology.

The deadline for entries is Monday 1st April 2019, so get writing!

Submit your poems:

Please send an email to and include your name, address, email address, contact telephone number and the titles of the poems submitted in the body of your email. Please Attach your poems to the email, and do not put your name on the poem itself. This ensures that your work will be judged anonymously.

If you have any questions about accessibility issues relating to the competition, please contact Neal on

Competition Rules:

  • Entries must be in English, your own work, and not a translation of another poet. We do accept work created by writers working with carers and assistants, or working with other writers, but please make sure you credit everyone who contributed to the poem in your email.
  • We will accept a maximum of 3 poems per entrant, and the maximum line count per poem is 40 lines.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. Self-published poems, or poems that have appeared in your own collection are eligible for submission for this competition.
  • Your name and address must not appear on the poems entered, nor any other marks that could identify you.
  • The closing date is 1st April 2019, and all poems must be submitted via email to
  • Copyright remains with the authors, but accepted poems will be published in the collection (with the authors’ consent).
  • We are unable to return entries, so please save you work before sending it through to us. We will not enter into any correspondence about entries, or make changes to entries received. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The judge’s decision is final. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules.

Tentacles is funded by the commissioning programme UNLIMITED, which itself is run by Shape Arts and Arts Admin. The workshop programme is supported by Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Nottingham Playhouse. Big White Shed is an independent publishing press, based in Nottingham and run by Anne Holloway. Big White Shed supports emerging authors by producing beautiful books and shouting about local talent.

You can read more about Tentacles Monthly Workshop here.