Eyewear Publishing LTD is accepting poetry and prose through its 2017 submission channels. 

Building on the international reach and success of our publishing's house's backlist of world-class authors, poets, and critics, as well as writers exploring politics and popular culture, each issue of THE EYEWEAR REVIEW will be a proper bound quality edition, distributed in the UK, Ireland and the USA, as well as online globally.

We welcome submissions of up to three unpublished poems; short stories or essays of 5,000 words or less; and reviews of single books or collections of between 500 and 1,500 words. We would also consider reviews of films or LPs, as well as plays and musicals, or TV series, of exceptional value or note (Get Out, for instance, Twin Peaks season 3, or Lemonade).

Submissions should come with a cover sheet with a brief factual biographical statement, the author's full name, and contact details.

Poetry single spaced; prose double-spaced; times new roman or arial font only; all pages paginated.

We will pay £20 per poem accepted; £50 per review or prose piece.

There is no cost to submit; however we encourage you to take out a subscription when you submit - not only does this provide you with two issues for half price, but it shows your interest in, and support of, a new journal open to all kinds of writers and writing. Please note we do not offer free contributor's copies, but welcome authors putting some of their payment towards a subscription to get the issue their work appears in. 

All submissions will be confirmed by September; publication in November 2017 of historic first issue.

Ends in 6 days, 21 hours £7.00

The Fortnight Prize - a rolling prize - is meant to celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world, where too often prizes are entered with interminable waiting times between submission and result. For this prize, any original, English-language poem written by the author is eligible, even one that has appeared in print before (online or on paper, for instance). The poem must be less than 70 lines long, and must have been written or published in the year of submission. All poets are eligible to enter, 18 or over, so long as they do not work for Eyewear Publishing or are related to anyone employed at the company. POETS MAY USE AN ALIAS, SO LONG AS THEY ARE PREPARED TO BE IDENTIFIED BY THEIR ACTUAL NAME, BIO AND PHOTO IF SELECTED A WINNER. Poems can be submitted for seven days, and then a shortlist of the 14 best poems is announced on our widely-read website (archived by the British Library). The winner is announced a fortnight from commencement of the prize, and they are paid the same day by PayPal invoice. The prize is £140 and publication on our world-famous blog. All rights remain with the poet. Poets may submit up to 7 poems for the fee of £7. Poems previously submitted, but not yet shortlisted, can be re-entered.

THE JUDGE rotates among the Eyewear staff and its pool of authors

This Fortnight, the judge is Rosanna Hildyard, Senior Editor of Eyewear Publishing.

Ends on August 31, 2017£20.00

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is an annual poetry publication award for an original, first full-length collection by a poet aged thirty-five years or under, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of British or Irish citizenship, writing in the English language.

Previous years’ winners include Caleb Klaces for Bottled Air, Marion McCready for Tree Language, Amy Blakemore for Humbert Summer, Maria Apichella for Psalmody, Tony Chan for Four Points Fourteen Lines, and Jenna Clake for Fortune Cookie.

The winner will receive full book publication by Eyewear Publishing LTD in 2018, and an honorarium of £1,500. 

Submissions are NOW open currently until END OF SUMMER, 31 August, 2017. The winner will be announced in October 2017.

The final judge for the Melita Hume Prize is Vahni Capildeo.

The fee to submit to the prize is £20.00.

The aim of the prize is to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times, and is open to any poet  35 years of age or under at time of entering, of any nationality, resident in the UK or Ireland, or or British or Irish citizenship.

About the Judge

Vahni Capildeo is a British Trinidadian writer. Her published books are No Traveller Returns (2003), Person Animal Figure (2005), Undraining Sea (2009) (shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award), All Your Houses (2010) (a limited-edition artist’s book with photometry by Andre Bagoo), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (2012) (longlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Poetry Prize), Utter (2013), Simple Complex Shapes (2015), and Measures of Expatriation (2016) (winner of the Forward Best Collection Prize). She read English at Christ Church, Oxford and subsequently became a Rhodes Scholar there, completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory, which overlapped with her Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge. She was the first poet on tour for the Out of Bounds poetry project, is a contributing editor for the Caribbean Review of Books, and a contributing advisor to Blackbox Manifold. Her performance and installation work, begun during her Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship (2014), includes responses to Euripides' Bacchae, 'Radical Shakespeare', and the revolutionary Guyanese writer Martin Carter. 


• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page ON OR before 31 August, 2017. The fee to submit is £20.

• Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work. 

• Individual poems in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self publishing constitutes prior publication).

• Submissions can be made with or without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page.


The Melita Hume Prize is open to poets who have not previously published—and are not YET under contract to publish—a full-length collection of poems. Writers 35 years of age, or under, at time of submission, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of Irish or British citizenship, are eligible to submit.

Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD staff; we will not use students or interns to screen submissions.

• The Final Judge of The 2017 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Vahni Capildeo. Employees, family members, and current students of the final judge are not eligible to submit to The Melita Hume Prize.

• The prize honors Melita Hume, a book collector and compiler of poems and information about many authors. 


Ends on October 2, 2017£10.00

The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets in the UK and Ireland. The top fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets anthology in spring of 2018. This year's anthology will be guest-edited by famous American poet, Maggie Smith

Eligibility: poets resident in the UK or Ireland, regardless of nationality, as well as passport holders from the UK or Ireland who live abroad, are eligible to submit work for consideration if they have not yet published (and are not under contract to publish at time of entry) a full-length collection of poetry. Poets who have published pamphlets are eligible to compete. Submissions are open from 3 April to 2 October, 2017.

Guidelines: submit one to three original poems in the English language for consideration. Poems may have appeared before in print periodicals, journals, or magazines, but not in online venues. Please include any prior publication information for each submitted poem in your cover letter. Your cover letter should also include a brief biographical note with your contact details. Do not include your name on your poems; the final judge will consider the submitted work anonymously. 

About this year's judge: American poet Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three prize-winning chapbooks.

Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Magma, Waxwing, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a consulting editor to the Kenyon Review. Her poem 'Good Bones' was a global phenomenon in 2016 and has been read over one million times.

Ends on September 1, 2017£20.00

If you have an original manuscript in the English language that you would like Eyewear Publishing LTD to consider for publication, we invite you to submit the work to The Beverly Prize: an annual series for an outstanding work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or criticism.

The work of one or more authors will be selected from open readings in The Beverly Series each year. Eyewear Publishing LTD will announce its selection for The Beverly Series in the first weeks of January, 2018. Submissions will remain open until 1 September, 2017.


Writers of any nationality, citizenship, and country of residence are eligible to submit work to The Beverly Series.


• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page. No email or postal submissions will be considered.

• Only work ineligible for the Sexton and Hume prizes will be considered for the Beverly Series; or work long-listed for these prizes that dud not go on to win.

• Manuscripts must be original work, by a single author, in the English language. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work.  

• Individual selections in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self publishing constitutes prior publication).


Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD staff.

• The final judge for the Beverly Series is Todd Swift, Director of Eyewear Publishing LTD; he may however delegate this role to another poet or critic of international esteem.

• Eyewear will announce its selection or selections from the inaugural Beverly Series in the first week of January, 2018.

• The Beverly Series takes its name from our director’s beloved aunt who actively encouraged wide reading and critical thought.