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The Wild Card Category is open for entries here until this Friday!
Are you publishing or planning something really wild this Autumn (July-Sept 2018)? Something indie or insta? Something radical or boundary-breaking? Poetry as never seen before? Something hybrid or performative, formally innovative prose-poems or even some art-poems? Or just something a little unique, you think deserves some attention? Then, we want to hear about it! 

The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce the launch of a new Wild Card category for Poetry Book Society Selections. The Wild Card Choice will celebrate radical, experimental, indie and form-breaking poetry collections which might not fit within the usual PBS Selection criteria. This new venture builds upon T.S. Eliot’s legacy to ‘propagate the art of poetry’ further afield and represents our commitment to poetry in its many diverse forms. We hope to engage with producers of poetry who may not have considered submitting to the PBS in the past, while honouring our promise to members to showcase the best in contemporary poetry in all its guises. The Wild Card category will be judged by the British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator, Anthony Anaxagorou.

Poetry can be many things. The Wild Card Choice is an important way of recognising the radical, experimental and avant-garde styles of writing which help progress the form - Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts as well as being published in The Feminist Review, Amnesty International’s Words That Burn and John Berger’s anthology The Long White Thread of Words. He was commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 general election to write the poem for their campaign entitled Mark It Red. In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for most influential people in writing and publishing. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing that aims to challenge the lack of diversity in British publishing.

We look forward to receiving submissions for any books which fit this description due for publication in July, August, September 2018 to feature in our Autumn Bulletin. 

We can only accept submissions from publishers; self published work is sadly not eligible as copies (if it is a printed book!) need to be available for us to order at 55% discount for our members, in line with our other recommended titles. There are no further rules!

All enquiries to the Poetry Book Society, c/o Inpress Ltd, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1DE. Tel: 0191 230 8100  Email:

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