Deadline 12th March

Bad Betty Press
The Dizziness of Freedom
Call for submissions


The Dizziness of Freedom – call for submissions

“He whose eye happens to look down the yawning abyss becomes dizzy. But what is the reason for this? It is just as much in his own eye as in the abyss, for suppose he had not looked down. Hence, anxiety is the dizziness of freedom, which emerges when the spirit wants to posit the synthesis and freedom looks down into its own possibility, laying hold of finiteness to support itself.”
Søren Kierkegaard

In their first anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom, Bad Betty Press explore the subject of mental health in a collection of writing from some of contemporary poetry’s most exciting voices.

They have a few spaces in the book to fill through open submissions, and would love to hear from you. If your work is selected, you’ll get £75, a free book and an author discount on further copies.

To submit, please send up to four poems, attached as a Word doc or PDF, to

Your work should touch on mental health in some way, but feel free to interpret the theme however you like: personal, political, abstract, oblique. They’re not looking for one kind of poem but to showcase a diverse range of writing.

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Featured writers: Amy Acre • Raymond Antrobus • Dean Atta • Joel Auterson • Rob Auton • Mary Jean Chan • Sean Colletti • Jasmine Cooray • Dizraeli • Caleb Femi • Maria Ferguson • Salena Godden • Jackie Hagan • Jake Wild Hall • Emily Harrison • Nicky Heinen • Anna Kahn • Malaika Kegode • Luke Kennard • Sean Wai Keung • Cecilia Knapp • Melissa Lee-Houghton • Amy Leon • Fran Lock • Roddy Lumsden • Rachel Nwokoro • Kathryn O’Driscoll • Jolade Olusanya • Deanna Rodger • Rebecca Tamás • Joelle Taylor • R A Villanueva • Byron Vincent • Antosh Wojcik

Publication: September 2018.