Sunday, 14 December 2014

Latest Butcher's Dog newsletter

Hi everyone,
So here we are: the final newsletter of the year. A massive thank you to everyone who’s supported us in 2014, whether it’s by submitting, subscribing, or helping spread the word about the Dog, we’re very grateful. There’s a lot to keep you busy over the holidays, including guest editing opportunities, submission deadlines, and gift ideas, of course! Happy reading :)
Amy (Co-founder, Butcher's Dog Magazine)

Fancy Editing BD5?

After a wonderful experience co-editing
          BD4 with
The Poetry School, Butcher’s Dog is looking for another
          guest editor.
This is an excellent opportunity for
          poets interested in developing their editorial skills 
and gaining first-hand experience of
          putting together a poetry magazine. If you’re a talented and
          experienced poet 
(or a
          we’d love you to hear from you. Experience of editing a poetry
          magazine is not essential but a passion for contemporary poetry is.
          You'll be paired with Andrew Sclater (co-editor of BD2) & Amy
          Mackelden (co-editor of BD3), who will guide you through our
          editorial process.
If this sounds like the sort of thing
          you fancy, email
          for more information on how to apply.

Deadline: 1 January 2015.
Send Us Your Work!
We are currently accepting submissions from writers living in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, particularly those with a connection to Northern England. There is no set theme, we just want you to send us your best work.
If you haven’t read Butcher’s Dog yet we strongly recommend that you do before submitting. If you like what you read, chances are we’ll like your poems too. Buy a copy here or subscribe and we’ll love you more than we love Tom Cruise (maybe that’s just me…).

          our website for
submission guidelines. Deadline for submissions: 15 February
Other submission opportunities:
The Northern Writers’ Awards have just opened, and
            you have until 2nd February to send them your work. We can’t
            recommend these awards enough, as without them, there’d be no
            Butcher’s Dog. Full details can be found

They say you shouldn't read your own reviews but who can honestly resist? A Cracking review of BD4 from John Field. Special mentions for Jane Burn, John Wedgewood Clarke, Kay Buckley, Seth Crook, and Stuart Pickford.

We had an awesome London launch for BD4 this week, with news all about it to follow (keep an eye on our FB & Twitter).

And soon to be available from the shop and at our launches: Butcher's Dog badges! Thanks to Sophie F Baker for getting these sorted, we think they look ace.


(mini) Workshop: Inspirational Quotes

1. Using this Grey's Anatomy quote, make a list of what 5 of those rules might be.
2. Think of a time you have followed someone's advice, or stuck rigidly to a rule, and it's worked out badly. What was the advice? Why did you follow it? What do you wish you'd done instead?
3. Using your notes and the photo for inspiration, write a poem about what life would be like without rules (Would it be better, worse? Would you sink or flourish?)
4. Send it to us!
You can still buy issues of Butcher’s Dog directly from our shop, perfect for secret santa presents or stocking fillers (or sneaky gifts for yourself). Final posting dates before Christmas are fast approaching, so make sure you order before Thursday 18th December.
Laura Hol, responsible for our beautiful issue 3 cover, has so many gift ideas in her online shop. You can even get that cover image on a pillow, duvet cover or mug. We know what we’re adding to our wish lists.

Some other poetry-themed gift recommendations we have, which feature BD poets are:

The latest anthology from The Emma Press, called Best Friends Forever, celebrating female friendship.
The Best British Poetry 2014 from Salt Publishing.
And why not treat someone to a subscription of our beautiful mag, only £11 for the year? All details on how to subscribe can be found here.


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