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 are now accepting submissions for all books due for publication in April, May and June 2019. The submission window is open from the 1st November to the 4th December.

 
PROCESS

  •  Submissions are invited for the following categories: Choice and Recommendation.
  • The publication date of all submissions must fall within the Summer PBS quarter: April to June 2019. 
  • Publication must not subsequently be brought forward or delayed.
  • Books may be submitted here in word doc manuscript, proof, typescript, fully finished or PDF form
  • Any publication for which the poet or poets has paid, in part or whole, is not eligible.
  • A book is defined as having at least 48 pages. Publications shorter than this may be submitted to the Pamphlet Choice category.
  • Posthumous collections are eligible for the Choice or Recommendation categories only if published within one year of the poet’s death, but they may be eligible for the Special Commendation category.
  • Submitted work must be first published in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. 
  • This includes simultaneous publication (within one year) in other countries.
  • All book orders are placed on a sale or return basis
  • No carriage costs or small order surcharges should apply.
  • The PBS sells books to its members at discounts of at least 25%.

 

 THE CHOICE
  

  • The Choice must be a new book of poems in English by one author.
  • Books jointly written by two poets are also be eligible but must have been produced collaboratively
  • Books which contain more than 20% translations (or versions, imitations or any poetry inspired by the work of one or more other writers) are not be eligible for the Choice. 
  • Percentages are calculated on the total number of lines of poetry in a book.
  • The publication price of the Choice cannot be less than £5.95 and should not exceed £12.99 
  • Copies of the Choice must reach the PBS distributor early enough for PBS members to receive their copies on or before publication date.
  • The publisher agrees to the PBS potentially selling / distributing books to members ahead of the official publication date, if the books are published at the end of the quarter.
  • The PBS purchases between 800-1200 copies of the Choice at an agreed price of £2.25 (SOR). 
  • Subsequent orders of the Choice within three months of purchase date will also be at the agreed net price.  All further orders will be made at the standard minimum 55% discount sale or return.
  • The publisher agrees to print Poetry Book Society Choice on the outside cover of all editions.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

  • Recommendations can be a new book of poems in English by one or more authors, an anthology of contemporary poetry or a volume of collected or selected work.
  •  Books which contain more than 20% but less than 80% translations (or imitations or any poetry inspired by the work of one or more other writers) are eligible for Recommendations. 
  • Percentages should be calculated on the total number of lines of poetry in a book. 
  • Versions are eligible for Recommendations.
  • There is no lower publication price limit but they should not exceed £15.00. 
  • If this is the case manuscripts should not be submitted without prior consultation with the PBS office and publishers should be prepared to supply the PBS at a price of £6.50 per copy.
  • At least 20% of the poems in the collection must not have been published before in book form. 
  • The PBS purchases copies of the Recommendations at an agreed minimum discount of 55% sale or return. 
  • The same discount applies to reorders.
  • The publisher agrees to print Poetry Book Society Recommendation on the outside cover of all editions.


PUBLISHER AGREEMENT
 

  • A poem from each of the Selected books is printed in the relevant quarterly Bulletin.  
  • These are also included on A3 posters with teaching tips for Education members. 
  • Reproduction of these poems is directly linked to the marketing of relevant books.  
  • We also use poem extracts and book covers as part of our social media and eletter marketing. 
  • If you do not wish us to feature your poems in this manner, please notify us.
  • We will request full permission if we need to reproduce poems for other purposes – e.g. postcards
  • The Choice - publishers must guarantee that our initial order (800-1000min) will be delivered to our mailing-house by our requested date (e.g. first weekday of the month of Bulletin publication). 
  • Failure to deliver the books on time will necessitate an extra mailing to our Full members, so that they can order other books despite the late arrival of the Choice. The publisher of the late Choice will then be invoiced for the difference in cost between our usual mailing and the extra mailing.
  • Recommendations - publishers must also guarantee that our initial order will be at our mailing-house by the date agreed by the PBS (e.g. first weekday of the month of Bulletin publication). 
  • Failure to deliver the books on time will necessitate an extra mailing to our Charter members and again, the difference between our usual mailing costs and the two mailings will be charged to the publisher.
  • If more than one publisher is late the costs will be shared between them.
  • If we discover that a title submitted for one quarter has been published in the preceding quarter we will remove it from our listings and may have to withdraw a selection award. 
  • This formal agreement of dates aims to avoid problems and enable our members to have as long as possible in which to select and purchase books from all featured publishers.  
  •  If one tardy title holds the entire operation up then a charge for extra mailing is the fairest way of ensuring this does not adversely affect everybody else. 


In submitting manuscripts for consideration by the PBS Selectors, publishers agree to be bound by the above guidelines and trade terms. 

 
We look forward to working with you to help promote your books in the future.

All enquiries to the Poetry Book Society, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DE. Tel: 0191 230 8100  Email: pbs@inpressbooks.co.uk

We are now accepting submissions from publishers for translated poetry titles due for publication in April, May, June 2019 for our Summer 2019 Recommended Translation. The submission window opens on the 1st November and closes 4th December.

  
THE RECOMMENDED TRANSLATION

 

  • The Recommended Translation category is for new translations into English.
  • One or more translators are eligible.
  • Selections and collections are equally eligible.
  • There is no limit on the publication price of books awarded the Recommended Translation.
  • The PBS purchases copies at an agreed minimum discount of 55% (sale or return)
  • The same discount applies to reorders.
  • The publisher agrees to print Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation on the outside cover of all editions.
  • All books entered for this category will also be automatically included in the Bulletin Listings and considered for review too.
  • We also feature translation titles in the translation bookshelf on our website www.poetrybooks.co.uk
  • Books which are awarded our quarterly PBS Recommended Translation are featured in the Bulletin and mailed out to all our Translation Members.

 

We look forward to helping to promote your translation titles in the future.

 

Further enquiries to the Poetry Book Society, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DE. Tel: 0191 230 8100  Email: pbs@inpressbooks.co.uk

We are now accepting manuscript submissions for pamphlets published in October, November, December 2018 for our Spring Pamphlet Choice. Submissions are open from 1st November to 4th December.


PROCESS
 

  • Submissions are invited for the PBS Pamphlet Choice category, made every quarter.
  • The publication date of all submissions must fall within the Spring PBS Pamphlet quarter: October - December 2018 publciation.
  • Titles may be submitted in manuscript, pageproof, typescript, pdf or fully finished form alongside this online form submission. 
  • Selections are made by a panel of two poets, Degna Stone and Andrew Jackson.
  • The best pamphlet publication every quarter is awarded the PBS 'Pamphlet Choice’. 

 

  ELIGIBILITY
 

  • As long as they fulfil our submission and supply criteria, poetry publications eligible for this scheme include (but are not limited to) pamphlets, chapbooks, small press publications, community publications, illustrated works, art books, non-traditional book formats.  
  • Single poems, single author collections, joint author publications, and anthologies are all eligible. 
  • This is the only PBS category to which self-published work can be submitted.
  • There is no lower page limit
  • Publications with more than 47 pages of poetry are not eligible.
  • There are no upper or lower limits on publication price.
  • Regularly published magazines or journals are not eligible.
  • Poems or translations must be new work, and not have been published before.
  • Posthumous work is eligible only if published within 6 months of the poet’s death.
  • Submitted work must be first published in the United  Kingdom or Republic  of Ireland. 
  • This includes simultaneous publication (within 8 months) in other countries.

 

 SUBMISSION
 

  • If production schedules allow, the publisher agrees to print the words Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice on the cover of all editions.
  • The Pamphlet Choice is featured in the relevant Bulletin with a commentary from the Selectors. 
  • We buy copies of all pamphlets at the standard booksellers’ discount of 35%, (Sale or return) and sell them at full price to our members and customers via the Bulletin and the PBS website.
  • Volume of sales depends on our customers’ level of interest: we can't guarantee a set number.
  •  In submitting manuscripts for consideration by the PBS Selectors, publishers agree to be bound by the above guidelines.


We look forward to promoting your pamphlets in the future.

 

All enquiries to Poetry Book Society, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DE Tel: 0191 230 8100 Email: pbs@inpressbooks.co.uk

Are you publishing or planning something really wild between April  and June 2019? Something indie or insta? Something radical or boundary-breaking? Poetry as we've never seen before? Something hybrid or performative - prose-poems or live art-poems? Or just something a little unique, you think deserves some attention? Then, we want to hear about it! 

 
Poetry can be many things. The Wild Card Choice is an important way of recognising the radical, experimental and avant-garde styles of writing which help progress the form 

- Wild Card selector, Anthony Anaxagorou
 
We look forward to receiving submissions for any books or other poetry media which fit this description due to be launched in April, May or June 2019 to feature in our Summer 2019 Bulletin.
 

Guidelines

  • The title must be published or performed between April and June 2019 to fit our Summer Bulletin Quarter.
  • By submitting, you agree to provide us with copies at 55% discount for orders we have received.
  • We will only accept submissions from publishers, and cannot accept self-published titles.
  • That's it! Anything else goes...

All enquiries to the Poetry Book Society, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DE. Tel: 0191 230 8100  Email: pbs@inpressbooks.co.uk
 

All books submitted to our other categories are automatically included in our Bulletin listings, considered for short reviews, and added to our website for sale provided we are able to source copies for our members.

This category is for any books which you have not already entered for a category, but would like us to include in the bulletin listings or consider reviewing in our Book reviews section. Provided we have enough information, these will also be put on our website for members to order. These must still be published between April to June 2019, and available for us to source copies for members at trade discount. 

There is no need to include a text file for bulletin listings only titles. However, if you would like us to consider reviewing it in the Bulletin, please do include a copy for us to read.

 

We look forward to helping to promote your books through our bulletin listings and reviews section.

 

Further enquiries to the Poetry Book Society, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DE. Tel: 0191 230 8100  Email: pbs@inpressbooks.co.uk 

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