Please note: submissions are currently closed.
Please enquire again in February 2021.

Waterloo Press Publication Schemes

Waterloo Press is a not-for-profit organisation run by an editorial and design collective, the members of which work pro bono or for substantially less than market rates, while also maintaining day jobs. Working within a ‘hybrid publishing’ model, we aim to produce 10-16 new titles per year, and publish new work under the auspices of these separate schemes:

1) Public Funding

Two major grants from Arts Council England have funded the current LIT-UP programme for emerging poets of colour; the relaunch of our website; and the publication of 12 new titles over 2009-2011, including two translations.

A grant from the NHS Artists’ Award Scheme of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust enabled the publication of The Hats We Wear/ Blank Versing the Past (2009), an anthology of mental health service users’ writing.

The Sur Program for Translation Support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic funded – in 2010, 2012 and 2017 – the publication of six translations of Argentinean poetry.

2) Subscriptions Scheme

We also occasionally publish work by subscription, a form of crowd-funding. The Editorial Committee selects titles we believe would be worthy additions to our list. We then work with the poet to attract subscriptions (advance orders) of sufficient quantity to cover the costs of designing and printing the first run of the book. This scheme is currently closed, but will reopen in 2021 – please check this page again in Februrary of that year.

If you are willing and able to help raise subscriptions, please mention this in your covering letter. Please note, however, that simply being able to help raise the funds for your book will by no means guarantee its acceptance. We are at all times looking for poetry that formally and thematically excites, moves, challenges and informs us. Your ability to help raise advance orders reflects well on the strength and importance of your work. It will also demonstrate your commitment to a community of readers and fellow writers, a commitment we regard as vital to the health of the poetry world.

We also accept work by poets who are not able to contribute to the subscription scheme.

3) Private funding

Waterloo Press has benefited in the past from the generosity of private benefactors, most particularly our co-founder Sonja Ctvrtecka. We are always open to donations from individuals who wish to support our editorial mandate to publish the best of radical poetry. Without compromising our editorial integrity, we work closely with donors to ensure they fund books they can be proud of.


Submissions are currently closed. Please check here again in Feb 2021.

Waterloo Press is an Equal Opportunities publishing house, and (when our submissions window is open) actively encourages submissions from poets from a diverse range of cultural and social backgrounds. Modernists and translators too, are most welcome!

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