blackmail press call for submissions issue # 44 Spring 2020.

In times of uncertainty, difficulty and change, artists and writers often hold the space to give voice to the speechless, shape to the invisible, meaning to the ambiguous. 


blackmail press call for submissions issue # 44 Spring 2020.

blackmail press is an online poetry journal, created to give poets, students and poetry lovers in New Zealand a site to find great poetry.  blackmail press has focused on promoting new and contemporary poets from New Zealand and abroad, seeking to diversify the poetry available to readers and writers of poetry online in New Zealand.

blackmail press Issue #44 guest editor Megan Carter is a writer and text-based artist, and by day coordinates the Education Programme at Corban Estate Arts Centre.

With a background in retail and publishing, Megan has inhabited the community arts, exhibition management and production space including the Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards, Going West Books and Writers Festival, and  Peninsula Arts Inc.which delivered the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in sunny Te Atatu North.  Megan holds a B Soc. Sci (Waikato), PG Dip Drama (Auckland) and has continued a part-time academic path in Literature with Massey University, currently working to complete an MCW. She recently exhibited works in the group show “The Marketplace of Feelings” at Corban Estate Arts Centre.

I’m honoured to have the opportunity to shape a collection of words and images in this digital environment at a time when creativity is providing voice, power and hope to a world so deeply in crisis.”

Contemporary poets who have been published in blackmail press include, Michele Leggot, Riemke Ensing, Albert Wendt, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Karlo Mila, David Eggleton, Raewyn Alexander, Courtney Meredith and many more. We actively seek and publish new poets alongside contemporary poets to create a diverse and eclectic range of poets in every issue.

blackmail press promotes Maori and Pasifika visual artists such as Penny Howard, Andy Leleisiauo, Vanya Taule’alo, Amanda Kemp, Shane Tonu Eggleton and Christina Conrad as cover artists for issues of blackmail press.


Final Submission Date 31 July 2020 midnight. Please include a brief bio ( 100 words )

We will accept word docs, pdf and Jpeg images.  We can also accept MP3 audio file formats.

All submissions should be sent to

You will be advised of acceptance for publication.

Blackmail Press #44 will be launched online on Sunday 27th September.

A limited-edition print copy of issue #44 will be available – details to come.

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