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The Alchemy Spoon

The story of The Alchemy Spoon is borrowed from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, with the spoon representing the importance of balancing creativity and career. We encourage poets to allow the oils of creativity to fall from their spoons in exchange for the pleasure of creating and having their poetry published
The Alchemy Spoon is a platform for poetry without prejudice especially of race, gender or age. We are particularly interested to invite poems from new phase poets. These are poets who have come late to poetry, often following retirement, or a life-change.

The work of new phase poets often has stunning depth and perspective reflecting experiences accumulated from work and life. These poets might be classed among those who have been dubbed the 'lost generation of talent'. Abid Hussain, Diversity Director at the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), says: ‘How many would-be working-class artists, artistic directors, choreographers, composers and curators decided to enter accounting, legal, medical and engineering professions instead?’ The Alchemy Spoon aims to demonstrate that this talent was not lost but waiting for a reappraisal of priorities, an unleashing of latent creativity, waiting for its time. The magazine appears three times a year online, with print copy available through ‘print on demand’.

We welcome submissions from both established and unpublished poets, and will devote a significant proportion of each issue to new voices, particularly new phase voices.
We look forward to reading your submissions.

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The Alchemy Spoon Issue 5 Free


Closes on Sunday, October 31, 2021 11:59 PM GMT Standard Time (in 3 days, 7 hours)

Please submit up to 3 brilliant, unpublished, original poems, this issue is un-themed and we welcome poems up to 40 lines on any subject

All your poems must be in one document with a new page for each poem.

The title of each poem (piece) needs to be entered in the appropriate box as detailed in Dousuma submission window

Name your document: issue5_last name_ initials

Poems should be in 10 point Times New Roman with a maximum 40 lines not including the title

We also need a bio of a maximum of 50 words in the third person

We are only able to accept submission from those over 18

Simultaneous submissions are permitted but please tell us straightaway if a poem is accepted for publication elsewhere

The window for Issue 5 will be open 1st – 31st October 2021 If you have had a poem published in Issue 4 we ask that you wait for Issue 6 before submitting again