Food Focus: for our October 2022 issue, we invite poetry on foodways—cooking, eating, agriculture, the impact of colonial extractivism on cuisines as intrinsic to heritages, foraging, feasts and celebrations, hunger, culinary memories, futurist menus, and otherwise-odes to the edible.

Deadline: 11.59PM, 13 August 2022.

Plain English: Modern Poetry in Translation is publishing an issue of our magazine in October. This issue will focus on poems about food. Everyone is invited to send their translations of poems, and Editor Khairani Barokka will choose ones to publish. We want to read new translations of poetry about food, and people’s relationships to food.

Everyone can submit translated poetry, but we especially want work by people from the majority world. This includes d/Deaf and/or disabled translators and poets, and work translated from signed languages such as BISINDO (Indonesian Sign Language), as well as from different alphabets, such as Braille. We also accept work created using types of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) from pictures to devices.

The deadline for submitting your work is 11.59PM, 13 August 2022.

A few reminders:  

  • We only publish translations of poetry (and not original English-language poetry) and the translations must be previously unpublished. We welcome work from any age, but we have a preference for contemporary work. 
  • You are welcome to send submissions of up to six poems. You must be able to obtain rights for the reproduction of these translations both in MPT and online on our site. We pay a fee to our contributors. 
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