The editors may not always know what they are looking for, but they will probably recognize it when they see it. They have wide-ranging interests, but are most likely to engage with work that looks like it needed to be written. If your poem has the authenticity of lived experience or engages imaginatively with an idea it is more likely to excite them. They will expect to see a commitment to the craft of poetry and respect for the sense and sound of language.

Please bear in mind that the editors’ decision is final and that they will not enter into correspondance or give you feedback. There are many workshops for that. If your work is not accepted it is important to remember also that such decisions are a matter of opinion and that you may have better luck elsewhere.

The inaugural issue of The High Window Journal (THWJ) was launched on 1 March 2016. Each year four issues are published in March, June, September, December.

Please send up to four of your best poems to the email below and write POETRY in the subject line:

submissions [at] the highwindow [dot] uk

Your poems should be in single-spaced TNR 12 and submitted in the body of the email. It may also be useful if they are attached as a word.doc. The editors will endeavour to get back to you within six weeks. Please also enclose a bio of between 50-75 words which will be required if your work is accepted.The poems submitted should be previously unpublished.

Please note that if your work has been published in the High Window we would ask you to wait until two further issues have appeared before submitting again.


THWJ will also publish poetry in translation alongside the quarterly roundup of poetry. In 2016 the languages represented will be Italian, French and German. THWJ will always be on the look out for good translators, so please contact us if you have an interest in this area and ideas we could develop in our translation streams.

Please note that If the original poem is still bound by copyright you will need to confirm that you have permission from the poet and/or publisher.

Work should be sent to: submissions [at] the highwindow [dot] uk with the word TRANSLATIONS in the subject line.


If you have suggestions for essays or there’s a book that you would like to review you should, in the first instance, contact the editors with your proposal. Again, you should use: submissions [at] the highwindow [dot] uk with either ESSAY or REVIEW in the subject line.

We look forward to receiving your best work.


The editors will also be interested in proposals for artwork. Please contact us at: submissions [at] the highwindow [dot] uk the email above with ARTWORK in the subject line.

The Editors