Inside The Broken Spine


The Broken Spine is a poetry and arts collective proudly published on the coastal edge of North-West England. Founded in 2019 by Alan Parry and Paul Robert Mullen – two school friends reunited after twenty years through a mutual love of poetry.


For information about submissions, please go here.

We want to make it clear to everyone that The Broken Spine is a safe space that for all and as such, celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equality. We will never tolerate any form of racist, ageist, sexist, homophobic, or any sort of hateful, vengeful or malicious content or conduct from our readers, contributors, or volunteers.

If you ever have any concerns about violations of the statements above, please feel comfortable to contact us at any time. We will treat any such contact with care and respect.

Meet the team.

Learn more about the creative staff behind the broken spine


Each publication will feature original work from an entire spectrum of artists – unpublished to well established. All submissions are welcome and will be treated equally.

We dislike having to charge submission fees; but in order to sustain ourselves, we rely on these, in addition to donations and of course sales to continue. For this reason, we can offer no monetary reward for your work at this point in time.

You can support us here.

However, all contributors will be able to purchase print copies of any publication they appear in at fifty percent of the cover price, plus delivery.

The Broken Spine is an independent and open press that encourages people from all walks of life to submit. We
encourage those internationally, from minorities, from the LGBTQIA+ community and those with disabilities to send their work.

Anybody that sends work to us can rest assured that it will be carefully considered and that we will respond as soon as humanly possible. We will endeavour to provide feedback when possible – please know that we care about your work – we are both active poets who know all about the rollercoaster emotions of submissions, rejections, acceptances, feedback and never hearing anything!

Submission Guidelines

longing to be published?  here’s what we’re looking for