Reading Poets: an anthology – call for submissions

Calling poets of Reading to submit their finest work!

Reading’s publisher, Two Rivers Press, is preparing to showcase some of our town’s finest poets for publication in an anthology next year.

Our judging/editing panel, led by local poet Vic Pickup, invites poets living in or with a strong affiliation to Reading town to submit up to 4 poems before the deadline of 30th April 2023.  

Failure to conform to the following guidelines may result in your entry not being read!

Poems must be:

  • Typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font
  • A maximum of 40 lines each (excluding title and stanza breaks)
  • Accompanied by a cover note with a brief biography (100 words max) and explanation of your connection with the town.

Please send the above as one attachment with your name and email address as a header on each page to

Ts & Cs:

The closing date for submissions is midnight (UK time) 30th April 2023. 

Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject.

No simultaneous submissions please.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or made public on social media.

Poetry must be the original work of the person entering the contest.

Entrants will receive an automated response as confirmation of receipt.

Entrants will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by July 31st 2023.

The judging panel will read all entries. Their decision is final. Neither the judges nor Two Rivers Press staff will enter into any correspondence.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer individual feedback on entries.

Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered (so make sure you send the right copy!)

Each poet may enter the competition only once.

Those selected to appear in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy + 20% discount on additional copies.

Poets must be at least 18 years of age on 30th April 2023.

All poems must be written predominantly in English.

Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.

The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant Two Rivers Press the right in perpetuity to publish and/or broadcast their poem.