In October Antiphon ventured north to the book festival in Inverness, NessBookFest. As well a reading and talk about my book, Drawing a Diagram, I had a great discussion about running magazines with the editor of Northwords Now, Kenny Taylor, chaired by Dr Helen Sedgwick. It was a great festival with lovely people, and marvellous to introduce Antiphon to some who hadn’t heard about it.


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.




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.


Happy New Year!

731px-Haeckel_HepaticaeA very Happy New Year to all readers of and contributors to Antiphon! We wish you all a productive and successful year.

We’re now reading seriously for issue 17, which will be published at the end of January. There’s plenty of room for some more great work, so please submit within the next three weeks and make the next issue as great as the previous ones.

**Submissions by 22nd January 2016, please!**


And another mag

While I’m on the subject of favourite magazines, I have to include the online journal Angle. It leans towards slightly more formal poetry, in that they are keen on meter and rhythm, but all kinds of treasure can be found in its depths. And they are very deep depths, too – I’m not sure how they cope with it, but each issue is around 100 pages, and the previous and next issues contain a sizeable ekphrastic supplement, too. Angle is published in the UK by Philip Quinlan, and is edited by him and Ann Drysdale in the US, and I’d say the majority of poets are from the US. A number of the names are familiar from Antiphon, and I keep an eye out for Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Maryann Corbett, Jo Bell and Annette Volfing, just to mention a few. The subject-matter ranges all over the place, too, so it’s full of surprises. I was delighted to have a couple of poems in issue 6, and will have a couple more in issue 7, out very soon. It’s great company to be in.


Other places again

One online magazine I’ve been fascinated by recently is Rattle. They’re based in the US, have a print issue four times a year and also publish many of the poems on their website. Unlike some US journals that seem to favour fairly unstructured narrative poems they publish a wide range of work and say ‘our goal is to promote a community of active poets’. I’d say I’ve really enjoyed over half of what I’ve read there, which is a pretty high hit rate.

Try Magnifies an object ten times, by Taylor Mali


Other places

Since we’re in that lull between Antiphons, enjoying watching the submissions build up, I thought it would be interesting to discuss a few other magazines I’m particularly keen on. and that I encourage you to seek out and read. First up: Snakeskin, run by George Simmers. I’ve been reading Snakeskin for a while, but it’s been going much longer than that – the extensive archives go back to 1998. I think it must be the UK’s longest-running online poetry publication, and there’s a new issue every month – a tremendous amount of work. The poetry is always quirky and unusual, light on its feet, and some of course better than others, but there’s always work worth investigating. I was very pleased to have a poem published in the March 2015 issue. I recommend particularly looking out for the work of David Callin, Jane Røken, Ray Miller and Seth Crook – all great but very different poets, and often to be found in various corners of the web – including Antiphon, of course.

Rosemary Badcoe



And Antiphon gets there first – many congratulations to Basil du Toit who is one of the Poetry Business’s pamphlet winners this year. – read him in Act Four.

Plus, we’re delighted to bring you another excellent reading, this time from Wendy Vardaman:

Florence. Santa Felicita. 10/8/2008, by Wendy Vardaman