1. Call for contributions – Magma 62 on the theme of ‘Violence’

    Written by Chris Kerr at September 30, 2014 10:17

    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

14 responses to “Call for contributions – Magma 62 on the theme of ‘Violence’”

  1. Dear friend,
    Thanks for the information. I intent to submit my poem in due time.
    with regards

  2. D I Harrison says:

    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?

  3. Chris Kerr says:

    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

  4. Interesting theme to respond to will try to submit

  5. Stuart Pickford says:


    Have tried this email but it keeps returning my submission. Have you got another?

    With thanks,

  6. Chris Kerr says:

    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,


  7. Patrick McManus says:

    Chris is this where we submit?
    cheers P who was in your issue 30 – some years ago!

  8. Adam says:

    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


  9. Chris Kerr says:

    Hi Patrick,

    Thanks very much for your interest in submitting. Please send up to six poems in the body of the e-mail to contributions@magmapoetry.com

    Welcome back to Magma!


  10. Chris Kerr says:

    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.


  11. Julie Emerson says:

    Hello Editors,
    (You don’t need to publish this.) Apparently there is an email acknowledgement sent for email submissions. I sent to contributions@magmapoetry.com 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

  12. G. K. Fowler says:

    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,


  13. Chris Kerr says:

    Dear Kelly,

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

    Best wishes,


  14. G. K. Fowler says:

    Thanks again. MAGMA rocks! Love you guys.

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