Please note: The deadline for the May special issue is April 5th.
The issue will be  guest-edited by Rosie Miles, and the topic is
Rosie explains:

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

“I can’t breathe!”

Allow yourself to breathe. Let the wine breathe. Take time to breathe. Breathe a sigh of relief.

Who has breathed their last? Who can barely breathe? Who is still struggling to breathe?

What is it like to breathe again? What (new) spirit breathes among us?

Breathe energy, breathe fear, breathe courage, breathe air, breathe hope, breathe peace, breathe deeply, breathe freely.

What are you/we breathing new life into?

Breathe it all in.

Please respond to the theme as imaginatively and expansively and arrestingly as only poets can!

    1. Send up to four poems to Rosie Miles ( in one single word.docx or pdf attachment.
    2. Please start each poem on a new page.
    3. Your document should be named ‘BREATHE_Yourname’.
    4. Likewise please put ‘BREATHE Yourname’ in the Subject Line of your email.
    5. A brief “Hello”/introductory note in your email is welcome.
    6. Deadline Monday 5th April 2021.
    7. Poets whose poems are being included in the May 2021 edition of Snakeskin will be notified at the end of the month.
    8. Please do not send work previously published, or work that is under consideration by other magazines.

Rosie likes poems to be sent in attachments. I find them awkward to work with. So attach like a good one for her, but for other issues, please send your poems to, as usual, in the body of an email.


For details of the editor's latest collection, Old and Bookish, please click on the cover picture below.

old and bookish

Two blog posts may be of interest to potential contributors to Snakeskin .
The first, on "How Snakeskin Works", explains the simple procedure by which contributions are selected for a month's issue.

The second, called "Don't" offers some tips to novice poets, detailing a few of the things that might make an editor take against your work.