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 :)
(Co-founder, Butcher's Dog Magazine)
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 like-minded organisation) 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.
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…).
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 here.
They say you shouldn't read your own reviews but who can honestly
Cracking review of BD4 from John Field. Special mentions
for Jane Burn, John Wedgewood Clarke, Kay Buckley, Seth Crook, and
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
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.
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.