Margin /ˈmɑːdʒɪn/ from Latin margo, marginis for edge, border. Brim, brink, lip, verge, bound. Being the difference, the frontier, a kind of freedom.
If the shadow of the margin is the mainstream, for Magma 68 we are looking for poems from the periphery, from the hinterland of lives, spaces and themes.
We welcome a wide and associative take on the topic, from poems of “internal difference – / Where the Meanings, are” (Emily Dickinson), to those of remote, unwritten places where you do “not know the gate / till you run up against it” (Jen Hadfield). Speak to us of lives lived in the corners, of edgelands, meetings of tides, the thresholds of mind, forest, and page.
More bluntly, you could write about the Lankelly Chase Foundation’s ‘people facing severe and multiple disadvantage.. pushed to the extreme margins of society’ or the bullied and patronised people of Les Murray’s Subhuman Redneck Poems.
Try taking your subject from the margin, from an oblique angle or slant. Think: what is the centre without a margin? Can it hold? Where does the one end and the other begin?
Feel free to submit up to four poems on the theme of “margins”. Off-theme poems can also be submitted. The deadline is 30 November 2016.
Lucy Howard-Taylor and David Floyd
Editors, Magma 68
Submissions can be made from Saturday 1 October until midnight on Wednesday 30 November.
General contribution information
We welcome poems that have not been previously published, either in print or online. Poems may be sent via Submittable or by post if you live in the UK. Postal submissions are not acknowledged until a decision is made.
Contribution deadlines for the three issues are the end of January, March and September. Poems are considered for one issue only. We write to contributors as soon as a decision is made. As Magma receives a very large number of poems, we cannot consider more than 4 poems per poet per issue which must be sent in a single email or postal submission.
Magma has moved all its submissions online to Submittable. Submissions will no longer be read if sent to our Magma email address. If you don’t have an account, you can create a new one easily in a couple of minutes. We accept contributions by post from the UK only, addressed to:
23 Pine Walk
Postal contributions must be accompanied by an s.a.e. The writer’s name must appear on each page.
Poems published in the magazine may also be published on this website and as a PDF version for Exact Editions. Poems remain the copyright of their author. Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which they appear and and can purchase further copies at a discount. They may also be invited to read at the issue’s launch reading.
We review books and pamphlets of poetry in the magazine, on our blog and in our e-newsletters. We regret that only poetry by living authors can be reviewed, although new translations of poetry of the past can be considered. Books and pamphlets for review must be sent to our reviews editor:
Rob A Mackenzie
30 Lochend Road