UK-based Magazine Seeks Poetry of War & Battles

Editors of a UK-based poetry magazine are seeking new and previously published work on a theme of "war & battle." Deadline is March 31, 2020. The resulting issue will be available FREE as a PDF document and via Amazon Unlimited, or available for purchase as a print or Kindle publication available.

Editors of The Poet on-line magazine specify that their Spring 2020 issue's theme of "war & battle" should refer to physical conflicts and their consequences, rather than internal conflicts. They continue: "From the historical to the modern, from world wars to regional coups, your poetry can be about any war or battle, at any time, anywhere in the world." All forms of poetry are acceptable.

Send no more than 6 new and/or previously published works, via e-mail to: RobinBarratt AT hotmail DOT com

Contributors should also submit a 150-word biography. Include mentions of national origin, previous publications, and social media platforms.

The Poet magazine's Winter 2019 issue is available for $6 purchase on Amazon Kindle, or FREE via PDF download or via Amazon Unlimited. The PDF magazine seems lightly edited, without a lot of fancy formatting or layout. The table of contents is presented in the order of "page number, author name, author country of origin." Biographies of poets are presented first, followed by one or more poems each. The Winter 2019 issue was organized around a theme of "the seasons." The issue featured more than 30 poets from 19 countries, including:

  • United States (6)
  • England (4.5)
  • Scotland (4)
  • Australia (3)
  • Bahrain (2.5)
  • Poland (2)
  • Canada (1.5)

Other countries represented by at least on poet each included: Armenia, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, and Sweden.

Overall, the editorial impression is that of a global selection of voices, collected in a generic but serviceable visual package. 

While The Poet is only in its second or third issue, editor editor Robin Barratt has a track record of delivering editorial projects. In 2014, for example, Barratt published a similar war-themed project, as part of a print and Kindle series of themed poetry collections. That work was titled "WAR: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on the Bravery and Horror of War." A description of that project reads:

With many of the contributions reflecting the diverse backgrounds and cultures of the writers, in WAR there are 170 contributions from 77 writers in 29 countries as diverse as Bahrain and Bolivia, England and India. Covering the two World Wars, the wars in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, conflicts in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Ireland, as well as historical wars, war in general, PTSD, the side-effects of war and much, much more ... "WAR - A Collection of Poetry and Prose on the Bravery and Horror of War" is a thought-provoking, moving and often harrowing, yet also occasionally heart-warming and uplifting collection of poetry and short prose from some of the most talented and inspirational writers around the world.

In addition to editing poetry and prose collections, and pursuing other editorial projects, Barratt has notably written non-fiction and memoir about his time as a professional bodyguard. According to his biography:

A former nightclub doorman, bodyguard and trainer of bodyguards, Robin sold his security company in 2002 and began writing his first book "Doing The Doors," which became a genre best-seller, and a 'must read' book for doorstaff. He has been writing and publishing ever since, and is now the author of a large number of books including six non-fiction, true crime titles and two travel anthologies about the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he lived for four years. He has also edited, produced and published the acclaimed Collections of Poetry and Prose series of ten books featuring almost 1400 pieces of work from 265 writers and poets around the world, all writing on particular themes and topics, and edited and produced the original Bahrain Arts Magazine, showcasing Bahrain based artists, photographers, sculptures, writers and poets. He currently manages THE POET, an online magazine recognised for its interviews and profiles of poets and ARTBahrain, an online platform for Bahrain-based artists. Robin is also working on his first book of fiction titled "In Safer Hands," A Rickie Blake adventure (book 1), and provides an employee newsletter services to security companies, groups, organisations and other businesses wanting to keep their staff and team members regularly updated with company news, events and information.

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