Issue 17 – Contents

issue 17 coverIt’s been brought to my attention that now we’ve moved to pdf it’s not easy to search the site and find particular poets. So from now on (and for old issues when I get round to it) I’ll post a list of the contents. Here’s issue 17:


Act One

The Tree – Isabel Bermudez
Camping for Beginners – Juliet Antill
The Light Box – Susan Stiles
Not Reading On – David Callin
Anniversary Song – Sylvia Byrne Pollack
Fire-Eater – Myra Pearson
The Return Trip – Claudia Gary
Pelagic – Sarah Watkinson

Act Two

How Could I – Siham Karami
Dead Reckoning with Planchette – Susan Grimm
Tagged – David Callin
Sky Edge – Tracey O’Rourke
Names: Spelt, Spoken, Felt  – Skendha Singh
“He Is Close to Death,” We Hear – Ann E Michael
My Caribbean – Clark Holtzman
25 Vendémiaire, An II – Page Nelson

Interval – Reviews

Jenifer Smith, Reading Through the Night
Chris Dodd, Feeding out the Rope
Scott Elder, Breaking Away
Helen Evans, Only by Flying

Act Three

Nothing to Say – Kevin Casey
Notices – Mark Leech
I Am Not Joan Rivers – Anne Harding Woodworth
The Green Apartment – Pam Thompson
Skype from America – Rasma Haidri
What I Am – Juleigh Howard-Hobson
Bloody Jackdaws – Juliet Antill
Castaway – Hilary Hares

Act Four

The Brush – Judith H Montgomery
Orange – Jane Frank
On the Day of the Dead – Kenneth Salzmann
The Art of Food – Tim Love
The Field – Vishvantara
Miasma – Mary Makofske
A Clear Out – Beth McDonough
Herring Loss – Lisa Kelly


Bursting at the seams?

graphAlmost two weeks to go until closing of submissions for issue 18, and we’re filling up nicely. Okay, it’s an online pdf, and as such could go on for ever… but I don’t like to let it become too big, because I want all the poems to be read properly and appreciated. We still have some that we are pondering over, and there are often people who send something great at the last minute. Submit soon, and a slightly overweight Antiphon will be landing in your inbox!

Closing date for submissions for issue 18: 15th June 2016.


Sooner than expected

sooner than expectedThe good news is that although I’ve been very busy with learning typesetting software and choosing poems for the anthology we’re creating, Antiphon has been bubbling away in the background. I’ve found time to decide on the images for the next issue (issue 18), and we’ve still been selecting poems – rather to my surprise I’ve found we already have nearly enough for the next issue, so let’s say a closing date of 15th June and I will try to get the issue out sooner than we expected.

The image above is what Google comes up with if you search for ‘sooner than expected’ in images. Curious!


saboteur-twitter-4When Antiphon published its first issue, back in September 2011, Sabotage Reviews were kind enough to publish an extensive review. As part of their support for the independent publishing scene, they offer a series of awards – one of which is for Best Magazine. The awards are decided by public nomination and votes, so if you’d like to join in please check out the survey below.

At present they are collecting nominations. If you felt able to nominate Antiphon for best magazine, we would, of course, be very grateful! Voting for the shortlist then takes place in May.

From virtual to physical

bookAs part of Sheffield’s Year of Making, Sheffield Hallam University is holding a festival of arty things called the Catalyst Festival. Noel and I submitted a proposal to produce a book, art competition and exhibition celebrating some of the poets connected with the university, and we’re very pleased that it’s been approved. We will be working with the Poetry Business and Bank Street Arts. Learning how to produce a physical book is going to be an exciting process! We’re hoping to find time for Antiphon too, though it may mean the next issue, number 18, isn’t published until around August. We will keep you informed!

Forward Prize

forwardThe Forward Prizes are this year allowing submission of single poems from online magazines, something that’s always been excluded. They are obviously testing the water cautiously – they only allowed the first 20 submissions. I’m delighted that, through some frantic communication with poets, Antiphon’s submission has been accepted. OK, we had to rush, rather than choose in a measured way like the print mags, but it’s a start! I’m confident that the quality of submissions from online magazines will easily rival that of the print mags. It will be very interesting to see if any are shortlisted.

Forward Prizes 2016

Antiphon issue 17 – live!

issue 17 coverAntiphon issue 17 is now live!

Click on the link above to download or read issue 17, and enjoy some further readings.

Close To Death by Ann E Michael

On the Day of the Dead by Kenneth Salzmann

Herring Loss by Lisa Kelly


Antiphon issue 17 – third words

E11563More words, emphatically in the right order.

Tomorrow, the magazine!


Miasma by Mary Makofske

My Caribbean by Clark Holtzman

25 Vendemiaire, An II by Page Nelson

The Brush by Judith H Montgomery

The Return Trip by Claudia Gary


Antiphon issue 17 – second words

birdWe now have recordings of over half the poems in the issue, and very wonderful they are. Come and listen:

The Light Box by Susan Stiles

Pelagic by Sarah Watkinson

Skype from America by Rasma Haidri

The Tree by Isabel Bermudez

I Am Not Joan Rivers by Anne Harding Woodworth