Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Poetry prize deadline approaches

The deadline for submissions to this year's (29th) Frogmore Poetry Prize is fast approaching (31 May 2015). Adjudicator John McCullough, author of the highly acclaimed The Frost Fairs, will read all the entries and the entire shortlist of ten will be published in the September issue of The Frogmore Papers.

This year's winner will join a distinguished list which includes Caroline Price, John Latham, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Ann Alexander, Katy Darby, Howard Wright, Sharon Black, Emily Wills and Lesley Saunders.

Full detail of how to enter (no entry form required) can be found at

Also on the Poetry PF website:

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Needlewriters anthology launched at Needlemakers in Lewes, and other news

Cover art by Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis
The latest Frogmore publication The Needlewriters was launched at the Needlemakers in Lewes on 26 March 2015. The anthology contains poetry and prose by writers from Kent and Sussex who have read at the Needlewriters' quarterly events since 2008, including Peter Abbs, John Agard, Sasha Dugdale, Vanessa Gebbie, Lee Harwood, VG Lee, Patricia McCarthy, Grace Nichols, Nicholas Royle, Joe Sheerin, Catherine Smith, Lorna Thorpe, Jackie Wills and 40 others.

Also launching at the event was the online Needlewriters Companion.

Frogmore Papers editor Jeremy Page will be reading at the next Needlewriters event on 9 April with poet Judith Cair and novelist Jon Walter.

The Needlewriters anthology is available post-free from The Frogmore Press or Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes. Price £10.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Frogmore hits 85

March sees the publication of the 85th edition of The Frogmore Papers. This issue includes poetry from the recent Costa Prize winner Jonathan Edwards and former Frogmore Prize winners Sharon Black and Howard Wright, as well as former National Poetry Competition winner Mike Barlow.

There is prose from Welsh writer Simon Howells and American Alice Wooledge Salmon, and artwork from Ukrainian Alexei Talimonov. The striking cover design is by Hythe artist Carol Lewis.

The Frogmore Papers are available post-free from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ (£5) or may be purchased from Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes, East Sussex.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Frogmore in 2015

A  happy new year to all friends of Frogmore.

morphrog 10 (Poetry in the Extreme) went live on New Year's Day and can be viewed here.
It features work from the following poets:

Shanta Acharya, A J Huffman, Colin James, Chris McDermott, Laura McKee, Ottilie Mulzet, Jim Newcombe, David Olsen, David Romanda, Pauline Rowe, K V Skene, Ian C Smith, Lelanie Stewart, Marek Urbanowicz and Tony Walton.

2015 promises to be a busy year on the publishing front for The Frogmore Press:

In March a substantial anthology of poetry and prose by writers who have read at Needlewriters in Lewes will be published. In early summer a new pamphlet by Clare Best will appear. And the autumn will see the publication of an anthology of life writing in collaboration with the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex. See here for the Call for Submissions (deadline 31 March 2015).
Image copyright: Neil Gower/Viva Lewes
Numbers 85 and 86 of The Frogmore Papers will appear in March and September respectively, the latter containing all poems shortlisted for this year's (29th) Frogmore Poety Prize, to be adjudicated by John McCullough.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

True Tales from the Old Hill - Call for submissions

The Frogmore Press is seeking to publish a collection of outstanding new life writing, in partnership with the Centre for Life History and Writing Research at the University Sussex.

Image: Neil Gower/Viva Lewes, 2009
Writers are invited to submit a prose piece of up to 750 words in length on any subject, to create a ‘museum of Lewesian reality’ (inspired by Paul Auster's collection True Tales of American Life):

We are looking for stories. The stories have to be true, and they have to be short, but there are no restrictions as to subject matter or style. We are interested in stories written by people who live in or around Lewes now, but the stories do not have to be about Lewes; we are interested in anecdotes that reveal the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls. In other words, true stories that sound like fiction. 

Criteria for submissions: contributors must live in or around Lewes.
Deadline: 31 March 2015
One hard copy and/or an emailed version to: 
The Frogmore Press
21 Mildmay Road
Lewes, BN7 1PJ


Please mark all submissions ‘TALES’.

A committee comprising editors at Frogmore and life writing specialists at the CLHLWR will consider all submissions in making their selection.

The Centre for Life History & Life Writing Research at the University at Sussex explores life narrative as art, history and social practice

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Catherine Smith's new work 'The New Cockaigne' to be performed at the Lewes Arms

Catherine Smith's new work The New Cockaigne, 'a rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess', will be published by The Frogmore Press in the next few days.


The cover was designed by Rob Macdonald.

​'Delicious, delightful and more than a little bit frightening, Catherine Smith’s The New Cockaigne creates a verbal feast of sexual, gastronomic and alcoholic excesses. A fascinating satire on how totalitarian thought processes imprison us all.' - Ros Barber

If you're free on Friday 14th November 2014 please come along to The Lewes Arms (upstairs), Lewes, East Sussex, to the first performance of a new Live Literature show adapted from Catherine Smith's long, surreal poem The New Cockaigne.  It will be performed by Andy Sykes and Laura Freeman, with live music from a live musician, and directed by the wonderful Mark C. Hewitt. There are two performances at The Lewes Arms (7pm and 9pm).

Booking details etc. here - click on 'events'
The book will be available for a very reasonable £5 on the night, and afterwards.

Friday, 3 October 2014

New submission arrangements for The Frogmore Papers

Please note that from October 2014 The Frogmore Papers will be operating a system of submission windows, which is increasingly common practice among little magazines. 

Submissions for the March issue will now be considered from 1 – 31 October and submissions for the September issue from April 1 – 30. 

Materials submitted outside these windows will be returned with regret. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but the change has been forced upon us by the sheer volume of submissions. It continues to be the case that postal submissions only will be considered from within the UK, with submissions from overseas welcomed as single Word file attachments sent to: