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the minimal quarterly

Submissions are open for the summer issue. See below for further details. They will close on 1st May.


Submission Guidelines

aswirl publishes poems with 10 lines or fewer in which every letter counts. Please submit no more than four. Since aswirl is quarterly, seasonal poems are encouraged but not always prioritised. The editor likes poems that slip, shift, laugh, list, sigh, mourn, sing, smile and above all play. He likes the kaleidoscopic concrete. He likes the emotional pastoral. Make him feel aswirl.


There may be space for one or two longer poems per issue (depending on design), but these are usually commissioned. There’s much more space for shorter poems therefore, so your best chance of publication is to submit poems with 10 lines or fewer. Submissions that don't adhere to the guidelines will be unsuccessful.


Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify the editor if your work has been accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is welcome so long as it meets the submission guidelines. 


aswirl is an inclusive publication that welcomes submissions from all humans. There will be no room in the pages of aswirl for hate speech of any kind.

  • Please send your poem(s) in one MS Word document

  • Visual poems are welcome, but bear in mind that the page size is A7, so they should be small &/or scalable

  • Concrete poems, visual poems or poems with non-standard formatting can be sent as images or PDFs, and if text-based please style them in 9pt Courier New

  • Longer poems should never exceed one side of A4 in 9pt Courier New


The editor of aswirl is Robin Boothroyd. Send your poems to aswirlzine[at] Good luck! 

Due to the high volume of submissions, and the fact that aswirl is edited, designed, printed, folded & posted by just one person in their free time around a full-time job, not every submission can receive a response. If you don't hear back within three months then please consider your submission unsuccessful.

“Reality is a sound, you have to tune into it not just keep yelling.”

— Anne Carson

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