Covering Up

ArfurIt was an interesting day today as we finally got our first look at the covers we are planning to use for the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology, and the first issue of our (rather spiffy looking) magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge.’

These are apparently known as ‘Scamps’ or ‘Mockups’ or ‘Dollies’ (I made one of the three up there as I am a little bored with the buzzwords) but I would imagine that they will be somewhere close to the finished article come next year.

Road o Clevedon Pier AnthologyBoth photographs were taken by our in-house snapper in Clevedon where we are based, as indeed are all of the landscapes on the web site and we are rather pleased with how they are working so far.

Smug Are We, as the saying goes.

I have to say that despite us not really trying to spread the word just yet we are starting to get a few submissions for the magazine (I’m calling it ‘Arfur’ from here on in to save typing-time) and already they are looking pretty good.

We have humble hopes, but they are rising already.

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We Started Something

It is only a week since we silently launched The Hedgehog Poetry Press with vague promises of this and of that, but I have to say it is starting to be ‘something.’

Initially, it struck us that we may as well let people start to submit their work for possible inclusion in our first issue of ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’, and I have to say we were really surprised when somebody did.

How did they know?

We certainly hadn’t told anybody.

It is even odder still today as we have launched two competitions, ‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ our first anthology competition, and ‘A Slim Volume Of One’s Own’ our first single poet collection competition.

Somebody has already entered those too.

It isn’t even the same somebody, in fact it is three discrete somebodies.

It is most perplexing.

Although, thank you to the somebodies.

So much better than being nobodies.

Submissions are Open

I have to admit that we are all a little over-excited today as it suddenly dawned on us that there really was no good reason for us to delay submissions for Arfur (‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge,’ our soon-to-be-real poetry magazine, keep up) any longer and so with some glitter and tickering of tape, we are pleased to cut the ribbon and declare submissions open.

So if you would like to be among the first to get their poems in front of our editor-types, just Click Here or on the handily named ‘Submissions’ link in the menu. It is all the same to me.

As we have said elsewhere, we are happy to take poetry on any topic and of any flavour.




‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’

‘A Restricted View From Under the Hedge,’ or ‘Arfur’ if like me you can’t be bothered to type such a long name, launched for the first time in March 2018 containing a selection of poetry we are proud of and all manner of interviews and reviews that we couldn’t quite believe our luck to arrange.

Like all magazines, we rely on the fact that people want to purchase the odd copy here and there for us to keep the wheels on the road, so if you would like to find out more, feel free to visit our ‘Shop’ Here.

Publication Schedule:

Arfur is to be published four times each year in March, June, September and December


If you wish to submit up to Five Poems for consideration for our magazine, please simply email them to

We prefer to receive them in PDF, RTF, DOC, DOCX or TXT format if possible.

We will accept submissions at any time on the basis that work that is accepted will be placed in the next available magazine. However, we are flexible if there is a good reason.

Review Policy:

If you have a collection or anthology of poetry that you would like us to consider for review in ‘Arfur’ please email in the first instance  to

Please note we only now review Printed Copies of Books and Pamphlets. We don’t distinguish between traditionally or self-published work.


The Hedgehog Poetry Press

We are probably being over-ambitious, trying to launch a poetry press that publishes books at the same time as we try and introduce a poetry journal that publishes people’s poems, but it would be a boring world if we only ever played things safe.

Ask Evel Knievel.

But safe or not, what we really want to do is to try and avoid upsetting anybody by not delivering what we promise or by allowing others to project what they think we should be doing and then failing on somebody else’s measure.

No, I’m confused now, too.

Keeping things clear and open would seem to be the best approach, and so we thought it would be good to say what we think The Hedgehog Poetry Press will be doing, at least for a start.

Things we have planned over the first year:


We see competitions as a good way for us to find poets who we want to publish, so to start with we will be running two competitions, one for single poems that will lead to an anthology and another where we will ask poets to submit a poetry collection for possible publication.

Single Poet Collections:

We don’t want to be the biggest poetry publisher – that sounds like a lot of work – but we would ideally like to publish four single poet poetry collections each year. Maybe not in the first year or even every year, but you never know your luck in a muddy ditch, as we often say.

As to the ‘type’ of poetry, we have no preconceptions; we like e.e cummings as much as Dylan Thomas as much as Wilfred Owen as much as Charles Bukowski as much as lots of other people too, so we can’t imagine you will ever be able to point and say ‘That is a Hedgehog Poet’. For us a collection has to pass the ‘bedside table’ test, and that is where we will be selecting what to publish. Seems rude not to when you have the chance.


As with the Collections, we love reading a good anthology and as editors it is always a treat to put them together. Again, we would like to use our competitions as a way to find new voices, and so plan to run a quarterly competition, each leading to an anthology.

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