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Templar Poetry 

We are an independent publisher founded in Scotland in 2005 with an outstanding modern poetry list featuring excellent poets whose work we publish in superbly designed and skilfully made paperback and hardback editions. Our online bookshop offers our titles in print anywhere in the world and our titles are also available from us through our Amazon Bookstore.

Our Editorial offices are based in the Derwent Valley World Heritage site in Derbyshire where we present a unique publishing festival each November: the Derwent Poetry Festival. We present regular Templar Poetry live events at Keats House in London, and occasional live poetry events at many varied venues across the country.

Our published poets have received recognition in major poetry book awards and in the best known national and international competitions. Please browse our website to find out more about our poets and their books in print.

Templar Fiction

In 2009 we published a single issue if our periodical iOTA as a fiction issue featuring two short essays by Booker Shortlisted novelists  Tim Parks and Damon Galgut alongside a selection of new short stories and reviews. This was very well received and created much more work than we could manage effectivelyas we built our poetry list and we decision to wait until we had the capacity to support fiction.

We have launched the first fiction initiative through our Templar Short Fiction Awards which are now open for submissions. Further information is available HERE 

The Derwent Poetry Festival 

This unique annual publishing festival launches most of our new collections and pamphlets alongside our annual anthology and the latest issue of Iota. The Festival events are held on the atmospheric upper floors of Masson Mills, on the outskirts of Matlock Bath. It's Just over two hours from Kings Cross St Pancras by train, with the last part of the journey from Derby to Matlock Bath taking visitors deep into the Derwent Valley, with Matlock Bath station nestling at the base of one of the highest inland limestone cliffs in England. It's close to the MI and M6, and well worth the journey from anywhere in the country. Festival guests and visitors from further afield travel by air to the nearby East Midlands Airport.


Submissions and Publishing Opportunities

Templar Poetry welcomes submissions of new poetry written in English with a view to publication ranging from a short selection of poems to a full collection, with a scaled set of three pamphlet Awards based on the length of the manuscript - short, medium and full length.
Further detailed information regarding submission appears in the Submission and Awards  section of this website along with Guidelines, closing dates and information on those awards currently open to submissions.
The publishing opportunities are outlined below:
  • iOTA Poetry published three time each year considers submissions of short portfolios of poems - up to six poems or 250 line for publication in the magazine.Submissions may be sent online or by post all year round and further information is available HERE
  • Templar Quarterly Portfolio Awards:  short portfolios of work - one pamphlet published from each set of quarterly submissions with launch readings at Keats House and the Derwent Poetry Festival. Current Portfolio submissions closing dates for each quarter are posted on our HOME page  
  • Annual iOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards: Submissions of  short manuscripts - between 12 and 16 pages of poetry - A4 - no more than 40 lines per page. Submissions open in June and close mid-November each year.
  • The annual Straid Collection Awards for poetry collections invites submissions of full poetry collections - usually more than 25 pages of poetry - A4 - no more than 40 lines per page. Submissions are currently open until 21st March 2016.

We publish up to three titles from submissions received to the Templar Poetry Pamphlet and iOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards and one Portfolio Awards each quarter. Most new works are launched annually in November at the Derwent Poetry Festival in Derbyshire and at our Keats House readings in London..

Submissions to all awards are considered by the Managing Editor of Templar Poetry, Alex McMillen for publication and additional readers are commissioned at his discretion.

The three issues of Iota published each year contain the work of around twenty five poets, a selection of reviews and features on a variety of poetry and literature focused issues.Short portfolios accepted for Iota Poetry are usually published in full.All submissions to Iota Poetry and Templar Poetry are anonymised and read prior to identifying the author.
Templar Poetry and Iota welcome submissions from anyone writing in English from anywhere in the world, but we do not consider poetry in translation or previously unpublished work which is submitted posthumously.

Currently open submission opportunities to our pamphlet and collection awards are posted on the Templar Poetry website, along with details of how to submit to Iota Poetry. We will also email submission guidelines on request and are happy to post out submission guidelines on receipt of a self addressed and stamped envelope.

Further information about our published poets appears largely on the pages dedicated to their collections in print. Several of our published poets have separate websites which are accessible from links on their Templar pages on this website.

Publication & Awards Information

  • All poets published by Templar Poetry & Iota are required to agree to publication of their work through individual permission or Publishing Agreements
  • Royalties are payable on sales of books pursuant with the terms of each Publishing Agreement
  • Pamphlet and Collection Poets are supported in developing live events and readings which develop audiences and a readership for their work
  • Pamphlet and Collection poets are offered launch events at the Derwent Poetry Festival and other locations which are appropriate to each author and the transmission of their work
  • Anthology poets are offered readings at the annual Derwent Poetry Festival where the anthology and many of our other new titles are launched
  • All Pamphlet & Collection poets published receive complimentary copies of their individual work and generous concessionary discount on author copies which may be sold at live events