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Submission dates 17th – 30th April 2023

Working alongside our founding editor Louise Mather, our guest readers 

for this issue are Simon Alderwick and Bex Hainsworth.

The theme for Issue Seven is Sacrifice - we would love to see poems unearthing temples, rituals, talismans, chalices, pentagrams, harvests, your offerings, covens, poison, hope, creatures, spirits, gods and magic.

We adore strange and dark pieces and would like to see unique explorations of the theme. What does sacrifice mean to you? What or who is the sacrifice for, what is the outcome, the aftermath, what came before? Why do we make sacrifices? For good or bad reasons? What do we sacrifice? Is our sacrifice symbolic or literal? Who performs the sacrifice? What would you do to get what you want, what would you give up for somebody else?

Send up to 3 UNPUBLISHED poems and/or artwork/photographs to

Please note you are welcome to submit to both categories and we will also consider UNTHEMED artwork and photographs - we love landscapes and surreal/abstract pieces.

We would love to hear from new and emerging writers and under-represented voices. If you have contributed to earlier issues, we adore your work and are always happy to read more, but consideration may be first given to writers and artists we've not featured before.

Please attach poetry as .doc or .docx. If your poem has any specific formatting or shape please ALSO send a PDF or JPG. Please send artwork/photographs in jpg format, ideal image size is a few mb. We prefer to read poems under two pages, but we’re flexible and happy to consider hybrid pieces.

Any font is fine - if in doubt, Times New Roman 12pt single spaced (A5 may be easier to work with to maintain line breaks when publishing). If your poem has any spacing/formatting (including justified text) we will also make a PDF file available to download as our site may display them slightly differently. On our mobile site, some line breaks may be different.

Simultaneous submissions are fine - just let us know if they are accepted elsewhere. We aim to reply to all submissions within four weeks of the submission deadline, if you haven’t heard back after that, please feel free to get in touch. Issue Seven publication is planned for summer 2023.

Please be reassured we will do everything to respect writers and artists. Submissions are free and we will always treat you and your work with care and kindness. You retain the rights to any poems published. Please credit Acropolis Journal in any future publications. Issues will be published on our site and available from our archives. Unfortunately, we can't offer payment at this time. If you want to donate money to our editor please use the tip jar below. Thank you.

If you would like to please include a bio in a cover note (approx 50-100 words). Tell us as much or as little as you want to about you and your poems, if there’s a particular one you want us to focus on, let us know. Please include content warnings, as these will be used on our site, and if you are submitting artwork/photography/hybrids, please include a written description so we can display this. If you have any questions or other requirements for accessibility, please feel free to message. If you can't attach a .doc/docx, please paste your work into the body of your e-mail. If we ask you to send more, we mean it! We look forward to reading your submissions.


Simon Alderwick lives between West Wales and the Philippines. His debut pamphlet, ways to say we're not alone, is forthcoming with Broken Sleep Books in February 2024. @SimonAlderwick 

Bex Hainsworth is a poet and teacher based in Leicester, UK. She won the Collection HQ Prize as part of the East Riding Festival of Words and her work has appeared in Atrium, Prole, Honest Ulsterman, bath magg, and trampset. Her debut pamphlet will be released by Black Cat Poetry Press in Summer, 2023. Find her on Twitter @PoetBex

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