Poetry Book Society

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Set up by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 ‘to propagate the art of poetry’, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society, providing information, reviews and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for an international community of readers.

Our Poet Selectors choose the best new poetry collection of the quarter, which is sent to full members as part of their membership. All members also receive the Bulletin, the quarterly review of new poetry, which contains the Poet Selectors' reviews of the Choice and Recommendations and the selected poets' comments on their own work.

We accept submissions from PUBLISHERS for the following quarterly categories: Choice, Recommendation, Special Commendation, Recommended Translation and Pamphlet Choice. If your book is selected as one of our seasonal choices or recommendations, it will be sent to our members in a future mailing. Please click on the relevant category and read the full guidelines for further information.


We're delighted to announce that we'll be partnering with the incredible women's writing magazine Mslexia on TWO prestigious Women's Poetry Competitions this summer.  All women are welcome to enter their poems to THE WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION, judged by none other than the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, for the chance to win up to £2000 alongside publication in both Mslexia and the PBS Bulletin, as well a mentorship with PBS Book Selector Sandeep Parmar and a Cove Park writing retreat. You can also enter THE WOMEN'S PAMPHLET COMPETITION for a life changing opportunity to see your pamphlet manuscript published by leading independent poetry publisher, Seren. Both competitions will go live HERE on the 1st June. Simply click on the prize categories for the full guidelines and details.

Poetry Book Society