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Templar is an independent publisher originally founded in Scotland in 2005 and based in Derbyshire. Templar publishes poetry, fiction and IOTA Magazine.Our list, which is approaching one hundred and fifty titles, features outstanding poets and poetry whose work we publish in superbly designed and skilfully made paperback and hardback editions.Our online bookshop offers our titles in print and we post anywhere in the world. Templar books are also available from high street bookshops and through our Amazon Bookstore.Templar Editorial offices are based in Matlock, in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, where we hold a unique publishing festival each November: the Derwent Poetry Festival. We present regular Templar Poetry live events at Keats House in London, and live poetry events at venues across the British Isles. Our published poets have received widespread recognition in major poetry book awards and in national and international competitions. These include The Forward Prize, The Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, The Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards, The Strong Awards and more. Many of our poets have also won and been in the prize lists of most of the major poetry competitions in the British Isles. Several of our poets have work read and studied in education including Jane Weir, Beatrice Garland, Paul Maddern and Erin Halliday.Please browse our website to find out more about our authors and their work.

IOTA Magazine

We publish short fiction in our in-house periodical IOTA which appears three times each year. Iota magazine is currently expanding its range of content and is relaunched in January 2018 in a new compact format and printed in full colour.IOTA now includes short fiction, travel writing, memoir, poetry, interviews and features. The iOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards  for are administered by the IOTA Magazine team.

IOTA MAGAZINE has a dedicated website which can be accessed HERE

The Derwent Poetry Festival 

This unique annual publishing festival has been running since 2006 and launches most of our new collections, pamphlets alongside our annual 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 MAGAZINE published three time each year considers submissions - click for details 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 information is posted on our Home page - click on the Submissions & Awards tab.

  • The annual Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Awards for poetry pamphlets - between 16 and 24 pages of poetry - A4 - no more than 40 lines per page. Submissions now open and closing on March 2018.

  • 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 9th April 2018.

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 the discretion of the Editorial Board.

Each issue of Iota contains, 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 our standard 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

  • 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