Interflora’s Valentine’s poetry publication opportunity

Would you be interested in taking part in Interflora’s Valentine’s challenge and create romantic verses for Valentine’s Day? Interflora are hosting a competition where writers could have a poem published in Interflora’s Little E-Book of Verse on their website. One participant could also win a new iPad Air 2!

Their ‘Verses for My Valentine’ campaign seeks to encourage people to create thought provoking poetry when writing messages to their loved ones.  Rather than writing a clumsy Valentine’s Day message or borrowing cheesy lines from a favourite RomCom, they are challenging people to craft a beautifully thought-through verse that expresses their emotions concisely. The verses can be created in any genre, from a traditional romantic verse to a witty rhyme.

If you would like to enter the Interflora Valentine’s challenge, all you need to do is construct a creative verse in less than 150 words and send it to Laura Sephton whose email address is included at the bottom of this post. Submissions must be emailed before midnight on Tuesday the 27th of January.  All entries will be judged by a panel of leading experts, including the Poetry Society and a well-known TV psychologist.

Interflora are also running a separate Twitter competition starting on Friday the 13th of February where they are challenging budding Twitter poets to create a romantic verse in 140 characters.

If you are interested in receiving further information about either of these opportunities, please contact Laura Sephton at

Laura Sephton

Kate McKim

Design your own book cover competition!

If you’re interested in design, Brunel’s second short story anthology are hosting a competition in which you design their book cover! If your design is chosen, you could win a £50 Amazon voucher and ten free copies of the book! Here are the details you need if you want to get involved: Anthology Cover Competition version 3 PDF-page-001

For more information on ‘The Psyche Supermarket’, their Twitter handle is @CWBrunel.

Poetry publishing opportunity within Brunel

Three third year Creative Writing students are currently seeking submissions for a poetry pamphlet that they’ll be publishing in March 2015. The deadline for submissions is January the 16th at midnight. We’re also hoping to organise a launch event for the pamphlet where all of the published poets will have the opportunity to meet one another and read their poems aloud. Submission guidelines:

  • 3-4 poems per person (of which two will be selected for publication).
  • Poems must be less than 40 lines.
  • The poems must be your own original work and must not have been published elsewhere. (Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but if you are given an offer of publication elsewhere, please notify us on the first instance).
  • There is no set theme – the topics you write about are entirely your choice!

All submissions must be sent to: If anyone has any questions then you are welcome to email the editors at the address above. You can also follow our Twitter page where we will be posting updates on the entire process, each step of the way. Our Twitter handle is @BrunelPamphlet. We are looking forward to hearing from you and reading your work. Kate McKim and Brunel Poetry Pamphlet’s editorial team.