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Call for new children’s poems

Open for submissions of poems with a refrain or chorus

We are currently open for submissions of new children’s poems which feature a refrain or chorus.

You don’t need a track record as a poet generally or a children’s poet specifically; we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to experience the important joy of writing poetry for children!

Please read the guidelines below before submitting your poems.

  • We are currently open for submissions of poems which feature a refrain or a chorus. Please send up to three unpublished poems on the given theme by midnight GMT on Thursday 17 November 2022.
  • We strongly recommend reading a previous issue of Tyger Tyger Magazine to get a feel for it.
  • Poems should be up to 40 lines long and aimed at readers aged 7-11 years old.
  • Please include a short covering note and a third-person biography of up to 80 words with your submission.
  • Please paste your poems into the body of an email and send them to tygertygermagazine@gmail.com.
  • We welcome submissions from everyone, everywhere in the world, as long as you are aged 18 or over.
  • Unfortunately, at this time we cannot offer payment for work published. Tyger Tyger Magazine is run on a voluntary basis.
  • Feel free to submit the same poems elsewhere but please let us know promptly if another publication snaps them up.
  • If you have recently submitted or been published in Tyger Tyger Magazine, you are most welcome to submit again on the next theme.
  • By submitting, you consent for your work to be featured in perpetuity: online on the Tyger Tyger Magazine website; as a freely downloadable poster; as part of a freely downloadable teaching resource (three poems will be selected each issue; the resources will also be published on TES).
  • Poets retain copyright to their poems. Please do mention us if you go on to publish your poem elsewhere.
  • We will respond to all submissions within twelve weeks of the closing date. Give us a nudge after that time if you haven’t heard back.
  • The decision of the editorial team is final; we will not enter into further correspondence.

 

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Got some children’s poems on a different theme?

We recommend checking out these wonderful places to submit:

The Caterpillar: thecaterpillarmagazine.com

The Dirigible Balloon: dirigibleballoon.org

The Emma Press: theemmapress.com

Northern Gravy: northerngravy.com

And here are some of our favourite children’s poetry resources:

The Children’s Poetry Archive: childrens.poetryarchive.org

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education: clpe.org.uk/poetry

The Poetry Society’s Poetryclass: poetrysociety.org.uk/education/poetryclass/

The Children’s Poetry Summit blog: childrenspoetrysummit.com/

Poetry by Heart: poetrybyheart.org.uk/

The Poetry Foundation’s children’s section: poetryfoundation.org/learn/children

 

Current issue

Enjoy our current issue of twelve brand-new poems for children, on the theme of Beginnings.

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Join our call for new children’s poems! For more information, see our submissions page.

Resources

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