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Butcher's Dog logoButcher's Dog is a biannual poetry magazine, founded in the North East of England by seven poets who each won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2010 and/or 2011. Following tutorship from poet Clare Pollard and with the encouragement and support of Chief Executive of New Writing North, Claire Malcolm, Butcher's Dog was created. The magazine is now co-edited by six of the original group.

The first issue featured work from the founding poets and launched at Durham Book Festival in October 2012. The magazine is now open to submission from writers anywhere in the UK and Ireland - with a special interest in work from poets with a connection to the North of England. See the submissions guidelines for more information.

A different combination from the original co-founders edits each edition: Luke Allan and Wendy Heath took on the first issue, Andrew Sclater and Degna Stone the second, and Sophie F Baker, Jake Campbell and Amy Mackelden edited the third. 

From 2014 each combination includes a guest editor alongside the founding members: 

Issue 4 was edited by Sophie F Baker and guest editors Will Barrett and The Poetry School
Issue 5 was edited by Amy Mackelden, Andrew Sclater and guest editor Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Issue 6 was edited by Luke Allan, Degna Stone and co-founder Wendy Heath returned as guest editor

Each magazine is a beautiful object created with care and attention, printed on FSC registered paper, saddle-stitched with a colour dust jacket. All issues are available to buy from our shop - and you can also subscribe. Issue 7 will be edited by Jake Campbell, Andrew Sclater and guest editor Pippa Little.

Butcher's Dog was established with the support of Arts Council England and New Writing North