The Littoral Press

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

rules and conditions


I founded Littoral Press because of my own experiences when it came to getting nature/spiritual/environmental poetry published as a full collection. Since establishing the Littoral Press thirteen years ago I have published some twenty five collections of poetry for other authors - not all of them based on the founding principles of the press which was to publish only nature/spiritual/environmental poetry. Therefore I have decided to launch this competition so that hopefully I will be able to publish at least two nature, spiritual or environmentally orientated poetry collections per year. Outside of the competition the press will still be accepting submissions on any subject.

60 copies of the winning collection will be published by Littoral Press, 10 of which will be retained by the press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives and 50 copies will be presented to the winning poet.

The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length.

It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library.
There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights.

Littoral Press will not be distributing the collection. After many years of writing and publishing poetry for myself and other poets I have come to realise, sadly, that poetry from relatively unknown writers - including me - does not sell in most bookshops. All of the poets in my ‘stable’ sell most of their work to friends and family or through talks, readings, poetry festivals and book fairs etc.

The winning collections will of course be featured on the Littoral Press website and if anyone gets an order through a book shop or from elsewhere Littoral has accounts with Nielsen Book Data and such book distributers as Gardeners Books in Eastbourne and Bertram Books in Norwich.
Therefore arrangements can be made between Littoral and winning authors concerning such sales.

Littoral will not be liable for any libellous or slanderous content in the winning publications nor for any copyright infringement perpetrated by the winning author(s).

As the winner(s) will be published under the Littoral Press imprint if any authors sell out of all their copies, if they wish they will be able to order additional copies at no more than the cost of printing plus any minimal expenses incurred by Littoral Press which is in effect a not-for-profit small press poetry publishing house.


Manuscripts of poetry collections on the subject of nature/spiritual/environment must be the original work of one author. The work can concern itself with nature, spirituality, the environment, or any combination of the three. Individual poems may have been published elsewhere but the complete manuscript submitted must not have been published before either in pamphlet or book form. Full nature/spiritual/environmental poetry collection manuscripts are to be sent to  as a ‘Word’ or ‘RTF’ attachment: If the author hasn’t got a computer or cannot find someone to produce a CD in ‘Word or ‘RTF’ we will accept hard copy - but please try all electronic options first.
The entry fee is £20.00 per manuscript. Individual poets can send more than one manuscript but each manuscript must be accompanied by the £20.00 entry fee.
Payment will be by cheque payable to Mervyn Linford.
If the entrant has no bank account or doesn’t use cheques a postal order also made payable to Mervyn Linford will be acceptable. Sending cash through the post is a risky business and Littoral Press cannot accept any responsibility for losses if an entrant wishes or decides to send their entrance fee through the postal system.
The deadline for the Nature/spiritual/Environmental full poetry collection competition will be November 30th 2019. In the unlikely event that Littoral Press feels for any reason unable to publish a winning collection they will publish in full the reasons why on their website and will of course refund all monies received from the entrants.
Entries cannot be returned and no changes can be made to entries after they have been received by Littoral Press. Therefore please make sure you keep your own copies.
Winners will be informed personally and the results will also be announced on the Littoral Press website: sometime in February 2019.


Copies of the winning collection(s) will be delivered at no charge to anywhere in the UK mainland. Unfortunately for copies delivered outside this area delivery charges will apply. Anyone requiring receipt of entry or confirmation of winner(S) other than through the Littoral Press website should send a stamped, self-addressed envelope(s) - marked receipt or competition winners(s) - with their entry. An indepentant adjudicator will judge the competition and his decision will be final. Except for general enquires and publicity purposes no telephone conversations or written correspondence or email discussions will be entered into. Please don’t forget to title your proposed collection and to include your name, postal address and email address, with your entry. Any hard copy or CDs, cheques or postal orders, should be sent to Mervyn Linford, 15 Harwood Place, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9SG