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Submission dates 16th - 30th September 2022

Working alongside our founding editor Louise Mather, for this issue we have a special guest reader -

the wonderful Elizabeth M. Castillo.

Issue Five has the theme of blood - we would love this theme to explore blood in all its forms; from fertility, infertility, menstruation, menopause, illness, mental health, death, delving into ancestry, rituals, apocalypse, mythology and the cosmos. 

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

Send up to 3 poems/artwork/photographs to feel free to send a few of each, we don't mind if you e-mail them together, just be mindful of file sizes (ideal image size is a few mb).

We tend to prefer to read poems under two pages, but we’re flexible. If you’re not sure what it is, or it’s more of a hybrid piece, send it to us anyway.

Please attach as .doc or .docx. If your poem has any specific formatting or shape please ALSO send a PDF or JPG.

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 Five publication is planned for late 2022/early 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 trigger 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.


Elizabeth M. Castillo is a British-Mauritian poet, writer, indie-press promoter. She lives in Paris with her family and two cats, where she writes a variety of different things under a variety of pen names. In her writing Elizabeth explores themes of race & ethnicity, motherhood, womanhood, language, love, loss and grief, and a touch of magical realism. She has words in, or upcoming in Selcouth Station Press, Pollux Journal, Revista Purgante, Lanke Review, Streetcake Magazine, Fevers of the Mind Press, Melbourne Culture Corner, Epoch Press, among others. Her bilingual, debut collection “Cajoncito: Poems on Love, Loss, y Otras Locuras” is out 2021 October. You can connect with her on Twitter and IG at @EMCWritesPoetry.