Monday, 27 December 2010


Our poetry competition is now closed to entries. Thank you to everyone who entered. Winners will be announced on our website on April 2nd.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Now that issue 3 is well underway, issue 2 of Prole is available at a discount price. for details.
Best wishes and a very merry Christmas to all who follow Prole.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Making payments

Prole is proud to announce that after only two issues we are in a position to pay our contributors. Our thanks to those who have shown their support by making a purchase, and of course, our wonderful writers and artists who have made Prole such a success.


Only 6 days to go until our competition to find the first Prole Laureate closes. There's a prize fund of £160 up for grabs. Details on the website here.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Only 18 days left

Only 18 days left to get your entries in for our competition to find the first Prole Laureate. Try us with your most arresting and startling work. Full details at our website:

Friday, 26 November 2010

Issue three out now

Issue three of Prole, a fantastic read including fiction, non-fiction and poetry is now available from our website.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Exciting news!

Exciting news: Prole issue three will be available on our website from Friday evening, 26th November. Besides it being a damn good read, it'll make a great Christmas present: either a single copy or a subscription. Visit for full details.

Saturday, 20 November 2010


With the third issue of Prole about a week away, we have dropped the price of our very first issue. You can have issue 1 for as little as £1.99
Thanks for all the great submissions for issue 3 - it's going to be a cracker.
Submissions remain open for issue 4 and the poetry competition has about four weeks to run before we close.
For details, visit:

Sunday, 3 October 2010

This month

The end of this month sees the editorial for Prole issue 3. If you want to get something in for that, time is running short. Also this month, Prole will be at the Conwy Feast Festival and we're treating ourselves going to see Seamus Heaney read at the Manchester Literary Festival.
Our poetry competition is still open.
All details at our website here.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Competition reminder

Our poetry competition - search for Prole Laureate - is open to submissions until Dec 24th. There is a prize fund of £160 and publication on offer. Full details on our website.
We are open year-round to submissions for the journal.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Cover art

Prole is looking for cover artwork for future issues. We’re after something that depicts any aspect of life in its beauty, cruelty, drama or serenity. Full details are on our website: Go to the submissions link.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Out Now!

Issue two of Prole is out now.

A journal of prose and poetry to engage, challenge and entertain.

To purchase, visit our website here.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Another review

Prole has had another very positive review. This time at New Pages:
It states: 'This journal is nothing if not challenging and engaging.
Prole’s fiction and prose uses only artful story-telling,
...skillful-weaving, compact wording; no literary tricks, twists, surprise endings or jolts to deliver one deep into their vast little worlds' and 'There are excellent pieces of creative nonfiction..' Of the poetry: '...there is much to be admired.'
Thanks to all at New Pages.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Poetry competition

We have launched a competition to find our first Prole Laureate. The Prole Laureate will be a poet who represents our editorial ambitions: to make writing engaging, challenging, entertaining and accessible. First prize £100 and publication, runners up £30. The winner, runners up and highly commended will be showcased on our website.
Full details at:

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Poetry Library

Prole can now be read at The Poetry Library, Level 5 of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Prole on Tour

Saturday saw Prole at the Laureates for Lunch event (sponsored by Palas Print) in Caernarfon. Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, both read new, unpublished and published works. A great afternoon - though the choice of crunchy pork scratchings as nibbles perhaps needs rethinking - difficult to eat quietly! Best of all, both poets left with their own copies of Prole. Diolch yn fawr.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Issue two approaches

Issue two approaches - but we are still open to submissions. Calling all those with a talent for the written word and photography/art. We're looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and black an white artwork that captures the drama, beauty or cruelness of life. In short:engagement.
Poetry can be in any style: free, rhymed, blank, serious, light - above all, engaging.
Visit our website here for more info.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

First review

Prole has received its first print review this week. It appears in The July Issue of The Crack Magazine: an arts an events magazine based in the northeast of England. The review is available in the magazine and online at:
Many thanks to those at Crack for the positive comments made.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Creative non-fiction anyone?

We've had some great submissions for issue two but there's a distinct lack of creative non-fiction. Any takers? Click here to visit the website and submit or make a purchase.

Monday, 17 May 2010


Just a reminder - Prole is open to submissions for issue two. We take a wide range of poetry: structured or free, serious or light. Prose can be fiction or creative non-fiction. Whatever it is, it has to engage.
Visit the website here for details.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Prole - curious?

Prole, Poetry and Prose, Issue 1 is available now. Full of quality fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry to challenge and entertain. Curious? Then visit our website at: to find out more. Once you’ve read Prole, you can join in and talk to our writers on our blog.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Icelandic volcano affects Prole sales

Fallout from Iceland has caused our top salesperson to be stranded in France. Perhaps we should have done a foreign language version.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Out now!

Prole, Issue 1 is available now.

Visit:  to buy.

Well worth a punt.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Issue 1 on sale, April 6th

After much hard work, issue 1 of Prole will be available to buy through our website from April 6th.
We have an excellent collection of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry to challenge and entertain.

For details, visit our website:
The purchase page will be online from April 6th.

We are open for submissions for further issues.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Cover design

Prole is now open for submissions of cover design. For details on this and anything else Prole related, please visit our website:

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Gone to print

Our shiny new ISSN has arrived and Issue 1 has been sent to print. Assuming all goes well (no major hitches as yet) a release date will be announced soon.
Thank you for all submissions and messages of support. We are now reading for Issue 2 and welcome submissions for that. For full details visit:

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Exciting times

Exciting times at Prole. Content for issue one has been finalised and just as soon as our shiny new ISSN arrives we’ll be going to print. (Why does that take at least thirty days?) We aim to publish during May. Details will follow.
We remain open for submissions for Issue 2. Please note, submission guidelines have changed and we no longer accept reprints or simultaneous submissions. What hasn’t changed is the way we’d like submissions to be formatted. I assume our contributors are a literate bunch and it does clearly set out on our website how we’d like text presented. That being the case, why was it that about 70% of submissions did not follow guidelines, leading to a lot of extra work and swearing when setting up the final proof?
It may interest you to know that we are open to a small number of advertisements to be placed in Issue 1 and also on the website. ‘Subtle’ and ‘advertising’ are not easy bed-fellows, but please don’t ask for something spread across the cover or homepage – that isn’t going to happen.
As ever, for full details about everything, visit the website:

Monday, 8 February 2010

Getting ready for issue 1

A big thank you to all those who submitted work to Prole for issue 1. We've had a very healthy number of submissions and an entertaining range of work to read. Remaining offers and notifications should be sent out soon as content is almost finalised. We remain open to submissions for issue 2. We hope to go to print within the next month, so keep an eye on the website for details about purchasing. As ever:

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Going well

The first issue of Prole, Poetry and Prose is coming together well. We are very impressed with the quality of work received and would like to thank those who have submitted so far. We initially had a publication date of June in mind. As things are going well, that may well be brought forward so long as submissions of the current quality continue to come in.
As ever: for information about the submissions process, please visit:

Friday, 15 January 2010

A great week for Prole

Best news of the week: we’ve had a message of support from Bill Bryson. Yes, that Bill Bryson.
Submissions continue to come in and there have been some excellent examples of poetry and prose. A good portion of our content is firming up. We are still open to further submissions of all forms of poetry and prose but would particularly like to see examples of: nonfiction - biographical, autobiographical, historical, travel. We would also like to see more humour. A combination of the two would get us really excited. As ever: visit for full information.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

The selection process

Happily, we are receiving many submissions.
Following a question from one of our contributors, a word about the selection process:
Each submission is carefully read by two editors followed by a dialogue about its suitability for inclusion in Prole. We try to inform writers of work we don’t want as soon as possible. This allows them to submit elsewhere where their work may be better suited. Writers of work that is short-listed for inclusion will have to wait a little longer to be informed. Meanwhile, submissions remain open for all forms of poetry and prose. We’d still like to see a few more creative non-fiction pieces come our way. I'm informed that the poetry editor wishes to be grabbed by his balls - failing that, engaging poetry will have to do! For full details about submitting, please visit:

Thursday, 7 January 2010

So far, so good.

Just a couple of weeks into launching Prole and things are going well. The website works; we're listed with Duotrope; we're known by over one-hundred writers' groups and a couple of dozen writers’ websites; we’ve received many messages of support (and only one snotty message); and submissions are coming in from three continents. One thing we would like to see more of is creative non-fiction. Submissions remain open for all all forms of poetry and prose. For full details, visit:

Monday, 4 January 2010

Issue 1, open for submissions.

Prole, poetry and prose, issue 1 is now open for submissions. We are that rare thing, a paying market.

If you think you have what it takes , visit out website for further details.