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[SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED] Call for contributions – Magma 62 on the theme of ‘Violence’

We settled on ‘violence’ as the theme for Magma 62 since it seemed a stark contrast to the “big safe themes”, as Paul Farley might call them, that sprang easily to mind. Violence felt bold and a little bit different and these, above all, are the qualities we are looking for in the poems.

We want poems like Paul Batchelor’s To a Halver an ode to a half-brick that mines the symbolism of this, apparently, simple object so it becomes more than a weapon; or poems that explore the theme of violence in the way they mean (through the use of syntax, typography, diction etc) as well as what they mean. Here we can’t help thinking of a poem like Gaddafi Gaddafi Gaddafi by Hannah Silva, first published in Magma 56, or Kerosene by Tim Seibles but these are just examples of the sort of poem we’re after. We are particularly excited to see what this provocation might mean to you.

The deadline is 31st January 2015.  As ever, we are happy to consider poems on other themes, also. Please see the Contributions page for details of how to submit your poems.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Kayo Chingonyi
Chris Kerr

Editors, Magma 62

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I can find no word or line count limits. Is it actually not limited or is there an upper limit so writers can’t use one of their spaces to send in a three page poem. Any kind of advisory upper limit?

  2. Hi, thank you for your question. Magma does not have explicit word or line limits, but our space is limited so longer poems are generally less likely to be accepted than shorter ones. Longer poems are accepted on rare occasions.

    Regards, Chris

  3. Hi Stuart,

    I’m sorry you’ve had trouble submitting to that address. We’re investigating, but your submission on 19th December was safely received, so there’s no need to worry.

    Kind regards,


  4. Hi, Magma/ chris

    I’m wondering, if i submit a sonnet chain as one of my poems, if it was rejected on basis of being too long, could one of the stanzas ( technically being a sonnet) be chosen? I have a long sonnet chain I think would be suitable for issue 62, but some of the stanzas are more…experimental and may not be. Just asking as the narrative of the chain is less without the other stanzas, but if one of the stanzas could be picked on it’s own accord i could risk sending it as the full poem rather than sending it as the full on corona.

    Of course I understand if it can’t work that way but thought i’d ask rather than worry over it. Thanks


  5. Hi Adam,

    I’m very glad to hear you have something you’d like to submit. We don’t allow contributors to submit more than six poems per issue and I’m afraid we can’t bend that rule for your sonnet chain or any other submission.

    I suggest sending a selection or section that includes up to six individual sonnets or stanzas. One of the stanzas could then be picked. I wouldn’t worry about submitting a more experimental stanza. Magma is open to all kinds of poetry, including the experimental.


  6. Hello Editors,
    (You don’t need to publish this.) Apparently there is an email acknowledgement sent for email submissions. I sent to before the deadline for this issue but didn’t receive a reply. Is there perhaps a non-automated reply? I would be graetful for an acknowledgement. Thanks.Julie

  7. Dear Kayo and Cris,

    Thank you for accepting “Drudge”! I know how busy you are right now but hope you can take a minute for me here –I forgot to ask when you publish and when I should expect proofs. Thanks again.

    Best regards and any extra regards I find or can borrow,


  8. Dear Kelly,

    Thank you for your query. I’ve taken the liberty of replying to you directly.

    Best wishes,


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