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About Orbis

Orbis 167 front coverIt’s a jungle out there, particularly in the world of poetry: so many poets (so many poetry books).

But no need to get steamed up about it - send some work to Orbis, where publication can help boost your CV and your career… and your earnings, with a Readers’ Award in each issue: £50, plus 50 pounds split between four runners-up.

Poems from the magazine are submitted annually to the Pushcart Prize in America and the UK’s Forward Prize; over the past couple of years, the following have been selected for the Forward Book of Poetry:

Jury, by Mary MacRae, joint winner of the Orbis 138 Readers Award; I Filled the Bath with Coty L’Aimant, by Ros Barber, joint winner of the Orbis 126 Readers Award.

And although few UK Small Press publications are able to offer feedback, Orbis provides proofs with editorial suggestions.

Carole Baldock is also editor of KUDOS, formerly Competitions Bulletin, which can be found here: www.kudoswritingcompetitions.com


Subscription rates:

UK 4 issues

Single issue



Overseas 4 issues £35 / 42 EUR / $58
Single issue £9.00 / 12 EUR / $15

Cheques made payable to Carole Baldock

Current requirements: besides poems (occasionally upbeat doesn’t come amiss), Orbis welcomes prose (500-1000 words), suggestions for cover artwork and features (500-1000 words; ideas in first instance): subjects for discussion: ‘day in the life’, technical, topical etc. With the latter, Carole explains: ‘We’ve had debates on a variety of subjects: ‘the heresy that poems should be about truth more than words’ (123); ‘I’ll clean toilets at Piccadilly Circus but don’t let me come back as a Poetry Editor’. (124); could Auden be right: ‘when a poem is thought finished, it’s time to put it in the bin’? (125).’

She adds: ‘In particular, having been involved with Social Inclusion projects and encouraging access to the Arts (eg South Asian Showcase for Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society), I’m interested in work from all such communities, especially young people (under 20s and 20somethings). Even with women writers, although subs are around 50/50, submissions are still a good third less than those from men.’

Submissions by post: four poems; two prose pieces (500-1000 words). Please enclose SAE with ALL correspondence. Overseas: 2 IRCs.

Via email, Overseas only: two poems/one piece of prose in body – no attachments

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Issues available online


Current editor
Carole Baldock

Contact address
17 Greenhow Avenue
West Kirby
CH48 5EL

Website: www.orbisjournal.com 

Email: [email protected]