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Submissions for issue 8, YM: Colour, have now closed. Check back on this site to read the published issue in autumn 2012.

Submissions invited for YM: Colour

‘Cyan, Chocolate, Cadetblue, Camisole / Fallen Grey Flecked, Lost Blue, Amaretto, Shrubbery…’ George Szirtes plays with the very language of colour in his poem ‘Colours’, which lists real and invented names for shades for paint (from his forthcoming collection, ‘Bad Machine’). For this edition of YM, you are invited to consider colour and all of its rich associations. Perhaps follow Szirtes and take a look at a box of pencils, tubes of paint or Dulux sample cards, and consider the consequences of the phrase ‘raw sienna’ or ‘crimson lake’. Or you could write about the colours in our lives: we associate it with landscapes, memories, moods, people and clothes… blue airmail paper, the grey of the sand, purple velvet, the jade of a snake’s eye… You could write about why a colour matters, its story, the place – real or imaginary – it comes from, or the person it relates to.

Or you could think about contrasts. Take this startling line by the French poet Paul Eluard: ‘la terre est bleue comme une orange’ (‘the earth is blue like an orange’). Somehow, doesn’t the sense of the other colour heighten the intensity of the Earth’s blueness? An absence of colour can also be interesting – are people in black and white photographs made to seem ghostly and unreal? Perhaps deep-sea creatures are more frightening because they are colourless. White is odd – a blank page to be filled, or blazing with all the spectrum? You might also like to think about tinted lenses, crystals and stained glass, the mysterious rainbows in spilled petrol, ultraviolet light, kaleidoscopes, or synaesthesia – which can include the ability to ‘hear’ colours… Paintings and photographs could also be a good place to start.

For this issue, you are invited see with your pen and paint with words. As well as poems, we are looking to illuminate YM with flashes of artwork: Technicolor, sepia, monochrome and otherwise.

How to submit poems

The space for poems is dedicated to young people aged 11-19, who are members of the Poetry Society or subscribe to the Young Poets Network.

To submit poems please send your poems and name, with the name of the issue in the subject field, to: educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk
Please paste your poems directly into an email along with your name and age.

Alternatively you can post your submissions to to YM, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX.

We add poets who submit to YM: Poetry to the Young Poets Network mailing list, so we can keep you in the loop about our projects – you can unsubscribe from this at any time.

Deadline for issue 8 (YM: Colour): 30th September 2012. Please do not send submissions after this date.

How to submit articles, reviews and images

YM aims to share articles from established poets and new young voices.

Anyone can submit prose or an image to: educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk
or by post to YM, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX.

Deadline for issue 8 (YM: Colour): 30th September 2012. Please do not send submissions after this date.