Also: online poetry writing group:
and linked Facebook Group:

The guidelines are below but email me if you have any queries…

  • your poem (150 lines max) – can be already published, I don’t need exclusivity (especially as I offer no payment!) then up to 500 words on the inspiration behind it then  biography then links to your website, blog etc. If you have a photo you’d like including (see below) then please email me, if you are just sending text then you can use the form below.
  • I reserve the right to make minor changes, especially if your first language isn’t English. Also the content must be family-friendly (no swearing etc). Thank you.
  • If sending via email… all text (other than poem if appropriate) with no indentation, and single-spaced please and all together in one document please, not pasted into an email as it often loses the formatting and causes me extra work. And an optional photo of yourself and / or book(s) – as separate attachments within the same email please, not embedded into the document as the quality of the photograph suffers. **** If you do embed a picture into the text PLEASE ensure you also attach it as a file. ***** When you have everything ready, then email to me at with all the text in one attached document (and email that says at least a “hello” please) and any pictures you want, all as attachments.
  • NB. I do not pay for any content shared on my blog. If you want to receive payment, then you can find some paying markets on his blog’s  Submissions – Poetry page.
  • Please remember that any of your work that I publish on this blog is deemed as published so don’t send me anything that you want to send to a competition / paying market because they usually only want unpublished.
  • NB. I reserve the right to make minor changes, especially if your first language isn’t English. Also the content must be family-friendly (no swearing etc). Thank you.
  • Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a reply before chasing me! 

A while back, poet Philip A Ellis asked me via Twitter if I’d take poems and I said, “sure, why not” (or something like that) but sadly there wasn’t an eighth day in the week starting with ‘P’ but then on 11th December 2011, Neel left a comment on my Flash Fiction Friday page saying he was looking forward to reading fortnightly poetry. So, I thought if was time to even up the scales a little, and go one better than fortnightly. This page, therefore, is be dedicated to weekly poetry and contains the links from the slots that will make up ‘Post-weekend Poetry’, post-weekend being Mondays.

So, I am now throwing down the gauntlet to you poets out there who would like a platform for your poetry. As with everything else creative on this blog, you retain the copyright and I will not use it anywhere else without your permission. You, on the other hand, can have posted it anywhere and everywhere before or after it goes live here, I’m not precious about exclusivity… in fact I like the thought of more than just my visitors (ave.200+ daily) seeing your writing.


You can find details of some poetry (and other genres) competition details in the Competitions Calendar. Do remember that if you have your work published online, then you can’t usually submit to competitions as they like exclusive entries.

The following are interesting articles and websites on poetry:

There are also poetry-related items on this blog’s Links, and Submission info. pages and and are great resources.

And my favourite poet / poems? I love humour, so Shel Silverstein, Wendy Cope and Pam Ayres.

It’s Dark in Here by Shel Silverstein
I am writing these poems
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.
So please excuse the handwriting
Which may not be too clear.
But this afternoon by the lion’s cage
I’m afraid I got too near.
And I’m writing these lines
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.


Snowball by Shel Silverstein
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first– – it wet the bed.


17 responses to “Poetry

  1. Louis J. Casson

    February 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

    A welcome idea to include the poetic brethren in the circle!

    • morgenbailey

      February 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks, Louis. I’ve been meaning to for ages but couldn’t find a suitable slot and there wasn’t a day beginning with P but then I had a bit of a reshuffle and Monday evenings came free so ‘Post-weekend…’ was born. 🙂

      I’ve received your email and will reply. I’m rather snowed under (yours is no.85 of 99) but give me a nudge if you’ve not heard in a week or so.

  2. Salvatore Buttaci

    April 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks, Morgen, for listing a mention of my poem scheduled for June 11.

    • morgenbailey

      April 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      You’re very welcome. I hope you have a lovely birthday the next day. 🙂

  3. Micki Peluso

    May 15, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Hi Morgen, I’m not a prolific poet but I do have some. Do you take ones that were published years ago?

  4. morgenbailey

    May 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Absolutely, Micki. The internet’s a big place so I’m really not precious about content. It could have been published yesterday or going to be tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Louis J. Casson

    May 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

    This platform seems to be filling up nicely. Well done Morgen!

  6. Sharon E. McGee

    November 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Morgen,
    I’d like to dip a toe in the poetic waters and send you one of mine for inclusion in your blog.

    • morgenbailey

      November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Absolutely, Sharon. Feel free to email it over any time. I’m booked into March unfortunately but will certainly give you the next slot I have when it reaches me. M

  7. catnipoflife

    December 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Morgen, this is awesome! I do apologize for not visiting more often. Like all writers the day is crammed and slammed! I desperately need reviews. I have three poetry books. Perhaps we could correspond via email and I can explain my dilemma. Thank you for all you do! Sharla –

  8. jane

    March 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Hi you might like this free poetry site by an Australian poet in regard to creative writing. The works here are imaginative and inspired with imagery and mellifluous rhythms which truly enchant

    • morgenbailey

      March 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you, Jane. I’ve added it to the list on the page above.

  9. Saira Tabassum

    August 24, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Thank you for providing this platform Morgen, I am thinking of submitting a poem on your blog.
    P.s: Omg I love the snowball poem by Shel Silverstein!

    • morgenbailey

      August 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      You’re very welcome, Saira. I look forward to reading your poem whenever you feel ready to send it. It can be something you have shared elsewhere as long as they are happy that you do that. It doesn’t have to be new.

      • Saira Tabassum

        August 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

        I already sent it! Thanks 🙂

      • morgenbailey

        August 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        Oh yes, so you did. I’m rather behind (1,300+) my emails so hope to catch up in the next few days.

      • Saira Tabassum

        August 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

        Sure no probs ^_^


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