Periplum poetry

Based out of Plymouth University’s English and Creative Writing Department, Periplum aims to publish and promote the best new poetry being written in English from around the world. For 2016, we’re publishing pamphlets and broadsides by Mark Ford, Peter Gizzi, and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. Pamphlets are between 18 and 24 pages, printed on good quality paper, and designed by members of Plymouth’s Illustration department. Watch our digital videos of interviews with Ford, Gizzi and David Herd by Periplum Series Editor, Anthony Caleshu.

Watch this space for our 2017 pamphlet competition.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

In 2016, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was appointed to be the seventh Ireland Professor of Poetry. Born in Cork, she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Acts and Monuments (1966), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award; The Magdalene Sermon (1989); The Girl Who Married a Reindeer (2001); Selected Poems (2009); and The Sun-fish (2010), which won the International Griffin Poetry Prize.

Her most recent volume, The Boys of Bluehill (2015), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She translated two books by the Romanian poet Ileana Malancioiu, After the Raising of Lazarus (2005) and The Legend of the Walled-Up Wife (2012), as well as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s The Water Horse (2001, co-translated with Medbh McGuckian).

(Photograph by Patrick Redmond, courtesy of Wake Forest University Press)

An interview with Mark Ford

On the occasion of his reading at Plymouth University and the publication of his Periplum pamphlet, Nairobi, 1963.

In conversation with David Herd

An annotated reading of his poem 'Feedback', in nine sections, on the occasion of his visit to Plymouth University for the conference, Contemporary Poetry: Thinking and Feeling.

Periplum Open Book Competition 2016

Winner: Christopher DeWeese, for his manuscript The Natural Museum

Christopher's book will be published in September 2017… all competition entrants will be sent a copy.

We were grateful for the opportunity to read the wonderful variety of submissions which came in from around the world, and are particularly proud to announce the following 11 shortlisted authors, with excerpts from their manuscripts as below: 

Periplum poetry open book competition 2016 

This year's contest is now closed... results will be forthcoming the first week of December.

  • An annual contest, open to anyone writing in English.
  • Award: £1,000 and publication in 2017.
  • Entry fee: £15 (all entrants get a copy of the award-winning book).
  • Opening for submissions 1 April 2016.
  • Deadline for submissions 30 September 2016.

Competition Judge is Periplum Series Editor: Anthony Caleshu. Anthony is the author of three books of poems, most recently, The Victor Poems (Shearsman, 2015). His work has appeared widely on both sides of the Atlantic, including in: The Best British Poetry, TLS, Poetry Review, The Manchester Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Denver Quarterly, Agni, Narrative Magazine, and Boston Review. His editing projects include Poetry and Public Language (co-edited with Tony Lopez), and ‘Short FICTION: The Visual Literary Journal’. He is Professor of Poetry and head of the MA in Creative Writing at Plymouth University.

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Periplum poetry open book competition 2016

Guidelines for manuscripts:

  • After paying the entry fee, please email your manuscript to (MS Word or PDF). Submissions can only be accepted electronically.
  • Manuscripts must be in English.
  • The competition is open to all poets, of any stage, from anywhere.
  • All manuscripts must be typed in a standard 12 point font.
  • 48 pages minimum (no maximum limit, though 96pp is a guideline: please number all pages).
  • Only unpublished manuscripts can be considered (though, individual poems may have appeared in journals beforehand).
  • Include a page of acknowledgements of where poems have appeared previously, if anywhere.
  • Include a front page with author’s name, contact details (including email and phone), and manuscript title (authors should not identify themselves anywhere in the manuscript except on this front page).