Agenda Poetry

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Agenda does not accept simultaneous submissions or generally accept previously published work.

One of the most problematic areas of running Agenda magazine, aside from finances, is submissions and responses to them. It was hoped that when we implemented our policy of only accepting online submissions, it would create a more efficient system by eliminating postage costs and enabling quicker replies. However, the ease of submitting via email has inevitably led to a considerable increase in the volume of submissions. As a consequence this had led to an increase in the time needed to read and reply.
Every effort is made to reply to as many submissions as possible. These submissions do provide the choice for much of the material we publish, and we do realise how important submissions are to each individual, and how rewarding and helpful it can be to have feedback. Our hope is that, by giving encouragement and ultimately possible publication, people will show their support for the magazine by subscribing.
‘There will be a eight-week turnaround time during which every effort will be made to reply to your submission’. ‘If you have not had a response during this twelve-week period, then we feel it is acceptable and fair to submit your poems elsewhere’.
As a change of policy, we are now reducing the submission period from three monthly periods to alternating open and closed two-monthly periods starting from May 2020.
May – June Open
July – August Closed
Sept – Oct Open
Nov – Dec Closed
Preference on turnaround will still be given to subscribers, although every effort will still be made to reply to as many submissions as possible within the stated time. We hope to put a system in place to notify you that your submission has been received.
                                          What kind of work the Editor would like to see less of:
• Oversentimental, cliché-ridden poetry; poetry with dumdidum rhymes that boss the poet into using particular words just for the sake of pat rhymes; poetry that is badly crafted and too prosaic, and poetry that does not come from the heart.
• Essays/reviews that use academic jargon ad nauseam, have too few examples, too few quotations.
• Essays that are too obsequious, too obviously pandering to the writer in question.
*Important note about dashes: Make a proper dash by typing a word, a space, then a hyphen, a space and another word (even if you don’t want this word e.g. at the end of a line of poetry). Then a dash is formed automatically. Do not use two hyphens for a dash or a single hyphen.

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