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Editor Peter Mortimer. at the gate of the IRON House

As publishers become more corporate, global and boring, IRON Press champions new quality writing as it has done since 1973. IRON runs events and launches; it also thinks literature is both serious and fun.

See below for our normal submissions procedure. During the pandemic we are unfortunately unable to consider any new submissions, and apologise for this: watch this space for more developments.

Meantime you can still purchase our wonderful range of books direct from here, via the Inpress website, via Paypal or through Amazon. We are still working on books in progress, but publications dates have been delayed. Again more news soon. Thanks for your patience.

The IRON Book of Tree Poetry

New from IRON Press

IRON Press greets the spring with The IRON Book of Tree Poetry, just published: it contains more than 50 contemporary poems inspired by trees, selected from more than 500 submitted.

Contributors include such well-known writers as Linda France, Robin Moss, Kitty Fitzgerald, Jacob Polley, S.J. Litherland, Peter Bennet and Debjani Chatterjee plus many new voices.

The settings include forests, woods, city centres, rubbish tips and there's even one poem set underwater. As well as celebrating the trees, the imaginative response of the authors emphasises what a vital role the trees are now seen to play in the future of our fragile planet.

The book is edited by Eileen Jones and Peter Mortimer with a foreword by celebrated tree expert and author, Max Adams.


ALIENS update

We shall have news fairly soon about submissions for ALIENS, the new IRON Press anthology of short stories to be published late in 2020, edited by the novelists Carol Clewlow and Kitty Fitzgerald. Apologies - the current situation has had an effect.

This is not a competition. There is no fee and no prizes. Authors included will receive two free copies. Extra copies can be ordered at trade price and writers may be invited to read their work at launch events.

Please interpret this subject as imaginatively as possible. Aliens can come from outer space, but the word is also used to denote people from a foreign land. These may be cold and hungry, arriving across the channel in a dangerous and leaky boat, or alternatively be rich foreign oligarchs buying up the city of London. The interpretation is yours.

Full details on our News page!


During the pandemic we are unfortunately unable to consider any new submissions, and apologise for this: watch this space for more developments.

All publishers, large or small, are submerged with submissions. As the creative writing courses mushroom, simultaneously outlets for aspirant writers have shrunk. This unfortunate state of affairs and its inevitable logjam has caused many publishers to adopt a 'fortress' mentality, making it virtually impossible to talk to them or submit anything to them without undergoing a lengthy vetting procedure. In some cases they just don't want anyone sending in at all.

If you want to submit to us, please ring first (0191 2531901) and speak to the editor (yes, a real person, not an automated voice!) who will let you know if it's worth proceeding further.

Photo of the IRON gate © 2015 Dylan Mortimer; IRON gate made by John Charlton, from the original logo design by Geoff Laws.

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