Contribute 2021

The provocation for the February 2021 issue of Burrow is: ‘What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of ekphrasis?’

Historically, ekphrastic poems were written in response to paintings. We would like to broaden this interpretation to include other art forms. Depending on the responder, this might include things like film, documentaries, fiction and nonfiction writing, music, dance and even sport as a form of performance art.

The provocation for the September 2021 issue of Burrow is: ‘What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of non-human companionship?’

How do your non-human companions help you with mental wellbeing? Do you have a companion animal? Maybe your garden or a single pot plant provide you with a connection to nature or an opportunity to feel grounded. Perhaps it’s an object with sentimental value that gives you a sense of connectedness when you most need it. Coming out of a period when we might have been more isolated than usual, what is it that has shared your mental health journey?

To contribute to Burrow:

  • in one email, send up to five poems responding to the provocation as an attachment in MS Word
  • include a short bio of between 50-100 words. Bios are written in the third person
  • Email your poems to Jillian and Phillip Hall by December 20 and/or July 20 at:
  • for the February issue, at the bottom of each poem include a single paragraph essay that contextualises your poem for readers not familiar with contemporary poetics, here you can also acknowledge your fine/performing arts sources. Do not include images, but you can certainly attach a link to reproductions of artworks. For a model of what we want in this ‘essay’ see our poetics page or the poem in issue one, ‘A valetudinarian’s ‘crisis’ in a time of COVID19′
  • for the September issue, a short contextual essay is optional and photos are welcome but must be the property of the poet.

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 first issue contributors.

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