Magma 71
Call for submissions - Film
Deadline 31st January


Call for Submission: Magma 71 — The Film Issue

Closing date: 31st January, 2018

The submissions window for ‘Film’ is open from October 1st 2017 until January 31st 2018.

We welcome poems that have not been previously published, either in print or online. 

“My poetry seems to be something I make up as I go along. Certain movies strike me that way — going in and out of one’s dreams.” From “John Ashbery goes to the movies”

Whether it’s a film you always go back to, a director you follow, a cinema that holds a particular story for you, or a poem that simply reads like a short film, Magma 71 is set out to celebrate the poetry of cinema.

Take them with you to the movies. Send them your takes on Neorealism and Nouvelle Vague, Hollywood Golden Age or the cinema of today. Or perhaps you’d like to create your own film script, presented to them in the form of a poem. Send your films noirs, your indies and your blockbusters. In short, make them believe in films that don’t exist and send them to watch the films that do. Show them the ways poetry and film are connected and explore with them whether it is even possible for contemporary poets to write without the cinema screen at the back of their mind.

They are also calling for submissions of film-poems. Particularly collaborative work between poets and filmmakers. The poems, as always, should not have been previously published, either in print or online. The chosen film-poems will be screened at Magma events, showcased on the Magma website, and the poem texts published in the magazine. We are interested in collaborations that challenge and converse with each other’s form rather than simply echo it. In other words, if there’s a moon in the poem, we probably don’t need to see it represented as a moon in the film.

Poems may be sent via Submittable, or by post if you live in the UK. Postal submissions are not acknowledged until a decision is made.

Full deatils can be found on the Magma website: