We often get asked questions about writing and publishing poetry, visiting the library and more – check this list to see if your query is answered.
You can visit the National Poetry Library in person and look at our anthologies of poems for occasions and find a poem that speaks to you. If you are further afield you can ask a librarian for help in finding a suitable poem.
We have standing orders with most of the UK poetry publishers. If you are a new publisher who would like to submit your books please get in touch. We are primarily concerned with collecting UK and Irish publications so please contact us before sending publications from overseas.
Firstly check our catalogue to make sure we don't already have a copy. If it's not there, please bear in mind that we receive 200-300 new items every month and are unable to accept everything that is sent for the collection. The Acquisitions Panel meet regularly to consider submissions. For your book to be considered, please send in a copy of one book at a time, including a return address. The librarians will consider it and respond to you. The panel is constituted by a number of staff, so your publication will be considered by more than one librarian. The panel are particularly looking for poetry collections that demonstrate that the poems have been published/performed before publication and we recommend that you include an 'acknowledgements page' in your book to demonstrate this.
Unfortunately not. The National Poetry Library is the only dedicated space for poetry study in London and is open to everyone studying poetry and the library's collections.