As my readers know, I focus my submission call posts on markets accepting poetry that don’t charge fees, but I am more than happy to support projects who are doing good work and raising funds to help others or give proceeds to reputable charity organizations. Fly on the Wall Poetry is one of those.
I wanted to know how and why this project began, so I asked founder Isabelle Kenyon a few questions to find out. My interview with Kenyon and a link to the submission guidelines is below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Fly on the Wall Poetry.
KENYON: I started sharing my own poetry just last September – before then, the whole process of writing for me had been very private! Fly on the Wall Poetry started out as my own blog and website for showcasing my work, and evolved into a charitable press, following the first submission call on my blog, for Mind anthology, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Fly on the Wall Poetry originally started?
KENYON: The press started from my desire to work collaboratively with other poets and writers. I recognised that there had to be a good reason for people to submit to my simple blog, at the time, and that’s when the theme of mental health and the fundraising came in. The sheer number of people interested in writing about, and fundraising for, mental health, was heartening. This, and my ‘runner up’ award at the Saboteur Awards this May, for ‘Best Anthology’, motivated me to start Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, which will produce charitable anthologies on certain themes! The current call out is ‘Outsiders’ which will raise money for charities and communities which support the marginalised in society.
HOPKINSON: Which causes have you raised funds for and how much have you been able to contribute so far??
KENYON: Please Hear What I’m Not Saying raises money for Mind primarily – since it’s release in February, we have raised £446.99 and also £25.86 for the Joshua Nolan Foundation in Scotland, for suicide prevention. (Correct as of June 8 – full fundraising totals are updated on www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk/mind-poetry-project on the 8th of each month.)
HOPKINSON: There’s a small fee to submit, can you explain what costs the fee covers?
KENYON: Yes, £2 to submit unlimited poems. This is to ensure I can afford to give all successful contributors a free copy including postage, of the anthology. As all profits go to charity, I don’t have any store of money for this unfortunately. This is actually a cheaper option than Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, for which I had to ask all 115 poets to pay the manufacturing fee – which was just over double the submission fee for Outsiders. Rest assured, that if there is money to spare, your money goes straight to charity. Additionally, if you work is not accepted, you will receive 10% off the anthology once published.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
KENYON: Everyone, I hope. Anyone who has ever been affected by any of the issues published within the anthologies – mental health, social ostracisation etc. People who feel passionate about supporting charitable causes and social change projects.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
KENYON: Socially conscious poetry. Observations of the world around us, without the rose tinted glasses. Poetry which is fueled by a desire to change.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
KENYON: Passion. Anger. I want to see any political and social frustrations dissected under the theme of Outsiders.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
KENYON: I love newbie Hedgehog Poetry Press – the quality of the books and the quality of the work inside them is fantastic. I like the rough and ready feel of Anti Heroin Chic – it means they publish some really interesting, new writing, and quickly.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
KENYON: You can find the submission call on my website www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk and all the guidelines!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CONTEST DEADLINE: September 10, 2018
SUBMISSION FEE: $2 (proceeds direct to charity)
PAYMENT: Contributors will receive a free copy of the book
NOTES: Submit unlimited number of poems for a single fee of $2
Categories: Call for Submissions