Contribute 2023

The provocation for the February 2023 issue of Burrow is: What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of non-human companions?

How do your non-human companions help you with mental well-being? Maybe you treasure those brief encounters with wild animals or share your life with much-loved pets or family heirlooms. Burrow has run with this provocation previously. And it was a huge success. We just had to return to the well.

We interpret the provocation very loosely. It is really up to you to define or reimagine the theme in a way that is helpful. Be brave and bold, have a go, and send us your best. We are inclusive and value our readers and contributors. We can’t wait to read what you come up with.

To contribute to Burrow:

  • in one email, send up to five poems responding to the provocation as an attachment in MS Word
  • if you like to scatter your lines, please use the space bar rather than tabs as wordpress does not recognise tabs
  • include a short bio of around 100 words. Bios are written in the third person
  • Email your poems to Rhiannon and Phillip by December 20 at:
  • for the September issue, a short contextual essay to your poem is optional and photos are welcome but must be the property of the poet
  • For an example of what we like to read, travel over to our ‘poetics’ post, or explore the work in our past and current issues
  • Burrow receives over 1000 submissions for each issue, and all the editors volunteer their time to keep the journal going so, we do not have time to read submissions that have not followed the guidelines

For more information about the work we publish and how it should be presented please take a look at our poetics and at the poems and bios of our past and current issues.

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