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Submission Guidelines


Any style considered. We particularly like work that we feel demonstrates emotional and expressive power, a strong sense of subject (especially if it's political, social or polemical in some sense - of a leftist persuasion ideally) and a love of language. We believe words are here to be used, not apologised for. We also believe that the rhythmic musicality of poetry is of paramount importance. Send up to six poems at a time pasted into the body of the email (please, no attachments), along with a brief biography including date and place of birth. 



Short stories, novel extracts, poetic prose, short sketches (dramatic or comedic) are all welcome. Try not to exceed 3,000 words though. Word.doc attachments are fine. Response time: takes a fair bit longer than with poems but normally within two months. The Recusant is NOT currently seeking fiction submissions.



Any writings that seek to encourage debate in the areas of - contemporary or historical - politics, social history, mental health, literature, art, music or even criticism itself. 3,000 words max.



Reviews of poetry volumes, poetry journals, literary journals, novels, short story collections, plays, music (particularly avante-garde, orchestral and classical) and films welcome. 3,000 words max.


All poetry submissions please in the body of the email; prose, if more than a couple of pages, can be emailed as as virus-scanned attachments. 


Please mark all submissions as Recusant Submission in the title.


Please also include a brief biog of yourself including date and place of birth.


Click on the Submissions tab on the front page to send us your work, or simply email We regret we cannot pay for submissions as The Recusant is an independent non-profit-making ezine. Copyrights remain with the authors.


We do not mind simultaneous submissions. 

PLEASE NOTE due to editing The Recusant autonomously and many other commitments at present, average turnaround time for responding to submissions is 1-2 months.

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