Poems Needed

responding to the theme of

poets, prophets & protestors

Who will speak truth to power?
Who would we describe as our prophets?
Whose voices are struggling to be heard?
What are the stories that aren’t being told?
Can the voices of the past help us make our future?

In 2020, the Leeds Church Institute will launch an anthology of poems from writers across the city that express Leeds’ communities hopes for the future, their fears for the present, and that strengthens and celebrates voices of protest in an age of environmental crisis and political, and social upheaval.

Submissions are welcomed from writers at all levels of experience, and especially from our city’s BAME, migrant, and LGBT+ communities.

Join one of our poetry workshops with Khadijah Ibrahiim and Hannah Stone.

What are we looking for?

The anthology will be edited in consultation with Leeds poet and founder of Strix magazine Ian Harker: “Poems come in all shapes and sizes, from myriad traditions from all over the world. What all the best poems have in common is the content: a great poem is surprising: it changes our lives because it makes us see the world differently, often through other people’s eyes. Great poems have great energy, and the reader feels that energy almost physically. That energy should in turn give us renewed determination to challenge those in power and make a new and better world.”

Guidelines for sending your work:

Submissions are open throughout the month of October 2019.

  • The deadline is midnight on Thursday 31 October 2019 (or postmarked 31 October for postal submissions)
  • We’d prefer postal submissions to be typed
  • Email submissions should clearly state the name of the author (and pen name if applicable) and the titles of the poem/s submitted
  • The poems should be entirely your own work
  • Maximum of two poems per person
  • Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines (excluding title & line spaces)
  • Work can have been published before, but you must have the right to re-publish it, and tell us where it’s appeared when you submit
  • Please include a short biography, saying a bit about you and your connection to Leeds

Leeds Church Institute is a faith-based organisation, and we work to be an active and progressive agent for change in Leeds for the benefit of all. Submissions are welcome from people of all faiths and of none.


We are unable to pay for work accepted for publication, but all contributors will receive a free copy of the book, and be invited to a launch event in as part of Leeds Lit Fest in March 2020.

Your poem should be emailed to: poems@leedschurchinstitute.org

or posted to:

Poetry submissions
Leeds Church Institute
20 New Market Street