The Darg, edited by Hamish Henderson afficionado and poet Jim Mackintosh, will be published in August by The Poets’ Republic Press and launched at various dates/venues (we’re aiming for a tour). 

We’re looking for poems in the spirit of Hamish – poet, songwriter, socialist, Fringe festival pioneer, archivist and cultural historian, pre-eminent voice of the Scottish folk music renaissance, anti-Apartheid campaigner, champion of gay rights and equality… He was all these things and more.

We don’t want derivative poems in Hamish’s style, and we’re not calling for poems about him (though one or two might be good).

We want poems with something compelling to say about the world today, poems that make our nerve-ends rise, unsettle received wisdom and pay no heed to authority.

We want poems attuned to working-class history that connect the past to present-day experiences. Poems written with such verve and deftness of touch that we’ll really want to print them.

If that sounds good to you, please give it a shot. 

Guidelines

(Please observe these guidelines as they minimise admin, and you risk your work being rejected outright if you don’t).

Send no more than two poems in one word document attachment in English, Scots or Gaelic to dargpoems@hotmail.com

All poems must be previously unpublished. 

All submissions will be read ‘blind’, or anonymously, so please do not include any identifying marks on your poems.

The body of your email should include the titles of the poems, your contact details and a short biography (no more than twenty-five words) written in the third person.

We will try to acknowledge all submissions from the outset, as is practicable. 

The submissions window closes at midnight on April 30th, 2019 and we will endeavour to inform all poets of the editorial selection within a month of that deadline.