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Limited edition poetry chapbooks, free poetry ebooks and blog.

Welcome to the Red Ceilings Press where we publish contemporary poetry in the form of limited edition chapbooks and free ebooks.


In general we tend to use the ebook series to publish world poets and the chapbooks to show UK poets. Translations are very welcome.

Send your submissions to in either rtf or doc format, or if submitting for the blog then in the body of an email will do.

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New voices to the blog are most welcome but please don't submit more than 5 poems.

The ebooks, because of their nature, can be of any length, but poetry only please.

The chapbooks are in A6 format so please consider this when sending poems of longer line length. We don't want to set your fine work at 6pt.

If accepted we will ask you to take a minimum of 10 copies of the book at a reduced price (along with a complimentary copy) to help us to continue publishing.

Ebook & chapbook poets should preferably have a previous publication history. So, please mention where your work has appeared in your submission email and also provide a brief biography.


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Delighted to announce the free ebook The Holy Sonnets unDonne
by Mark Young

Recent additions -
Taxi Drivers (Berlin, 1931) by Paul Sutton
Lives of the Saints
by Wayne Clements
First and Last
by Rupert M Loydell and Nathan Thompson.
by Ian Seed

Earlier chapbooks can be found here.

Endless/Nameless ~ Richard Barrett & Rachel Sills
Endless/Nameless, Richard Barrett & Rachel Sills
Chapbook - June 2015
"Across 51 pop-cerebral 14-line poems, Endless/ Nameless dazzles with the minutiae of contemporary life and language. Rachel Sills and Richard Barrett invite us to share in the excitement of their exchange, which feels almost as if they've discovered an algorithm for making each line more unforeseen than the last. At times spiky and bristling, at others agonising and direct, and often very funny, this sequence breathes new life into the sonnet form in the way Berrigan and Mayer did. In a synthesised soundscape of television, Greggs outlets and Facebook, in poetry that can jump from Primark to if p then q in a few lines: new and exciting possibilities for lyric expression evolve." Colin Herd
chapbook [rcp cb34]
A6 58pp 35 copies
£7.00 inc. p&p (UK)
& nobody in between ~ lars palm
& nobody in between, Lars Palm
ebook - June 2015
Lars Palm

lars palm lives with his lovely wife, currently in Malmö where he writes, translates, edits & teaches, among other things. he's the author of 4 long books & a long line of chapbooks & such in print & online. recent publications are
means (kfs, 2014) & a translation of Serendip's travel book by Azita Ghahreman (swirl editions, 2015)
& nobody in between, Lars Palm
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fidelities ~ Ian Seed
Fidelities, Ian Seed
Chapbook - November 2015
Ian Seed says of Fidelities, ‘The poems here range from the lyrical to the more experimental, but I think that they all probe and explore a series of encounters and journeys.  I see them as being faithful, “in their fashion”, to the truths they discover along the way’. This collection enacts an excursive articulation of the world and language, the shifts and creative repetitions found in both, between words and inside words, between moments and within moments: each poem finding its distinct poetic imperative to reveal these moves in the landscape in complex and subtle ways. The rhythms of these poetic journeys involve but also exceed the sonic; here is the shaping of the space and time of attention, a focus and intimacy that situates and then opens up, and into, our embodied encounters with the phenomenal world; here is presence, and reflection on presence and on being present. This is language as an eye that sees and a hand that touches and shapes, but also as ‘skin listening’. ‘We do not see from our bodies as from inside /a box. We pertain to the whole, we take our place /in the landscape, in the touching of the sleek and rough.’”
Patricia Farrell
chapbook [rcp cb36]
A6 32pp 80 copies
£7.00 inc. p&p (UK)

unnecessarily emphatic ~ kathrine sowerby
Unnecessarily Emphatic, Kathrine Sowerby
Chapbook - August 2015 - Reprinted January 2016
“The dreams of those of us without a gift for narrative often show great narrative flair. Here, the sleeper is a linguistics textbook, the dream its payload of example sentences: words which were meant to be looked at but never into. Is this the story Language itself needed to tell, or a tale hidden in plain view by a linguist too shy to speak? We can never know if the troubled and self-questioning protagonists of “Unnecessarily Emphatic” are anything more than projections of our own troubled self-questioning. It’s all the more moving for that – it’s our story, a human document willed into being by sheer force of hope.”
Peter Manson
chapbook [rcp cb35]
A6 54pp 20 copies
£7.00 inc. p&p (UK)

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first & last ~ rupert m loydell and nathan thompson
First & Last, Rupert M Loydell & Nathan Thompson
Chapbook - January 2016
chapbook [rcp cb37]
A6 32pp 80 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)

Rupert M Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, the editor of Stride and With magazines, and a contributing editor to international times. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, all published by Shearsman Books. An artist’s book-in-a-box, The Tower of Babel, was published by Like This Press; and Encouraging Signs, a book of essays, articles and interviews by Shearsman. He edited Smartarse for Knives Forks & Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St. Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, an anthology of manifestos and unmanifestos, for Salt.

Nathan Thompson was born in Cornwall, and now divides his time between Jersey and the UK. Since his debut collection the arboretum towards the beginning came out in 2008 he has published books and pamphlets with Knives Forks & Spoons, Gratton Street Irregulars and Oystercatcher, the latest of which is ...,or the Night Terrors from Oystercatcher. Explorer 9 is due from Zimzalla in 2016. He holds a PhD from the University of Salford and is currently working on a monograph on Psychogeography and Contemporary Poetry.
lives of the saints ~ wayne clements
Lives of the Saints, Wayne Clements
Chapbook - February 2016
chapbook [rcp cb38]
A6 36pp 40 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)

Wayne Clements, writer and artist, studied fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he researched machine methods of generating text. His artwork has been widely exhibited internationally. First published by Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum Press in the 1990s, eight books of poetry and visual work have followed. Recent publications include: Clerical Work (2010, Veer), Western Philosophy (2011, Knives, Forks and Spoons), Archeus (2012, Depart), Variant Lines (2013, Red Ceilings), and Eutropius (2013, Hassle).
Kenya (with Johan de Wit and Antony John) is due from Veer in 2016.
Taxi Drivers (Berlin, 1931), Paul Sutton
Chapbook - April 2016
chapbook [rcp cb39]
A6 36pp 40 copies
£6.00 inc. p&p (UK)

"Cartier-Bresson's photographs famously capture a "decisive moment", supposedly spontaneously. I wanted to unpick and explore that moment - and its importance - in narratives and internal or external monologues. I've used four of my favourites - Taxi Drivers (Berlin, 1931), Pont de l’Europe (Paris, 1932); Tug-boat pilots on the Rhine (West Germany, 1956); La Villette (Paris, 1929) - creating four sequences, with elements of realism, surrealism and hyperrealism." Paul Sutton

“So good to discover Paul Sutton’s poems, like bitter, burning pole stars guiding us through the wastelands of Regia Anglorum."

Rod Madocks, Amazon review of
Falling Off
taxi drivers ~ paul sutton
the holy sonnets undonne ~ mark young
The Holy Sonnets unDonne, Mark Young
ebook - May 2016
Mark Young
is the editor of
Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for more than fifty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. His most recent books are Bandicoot habitat & lithic typology, both from gradient books of Finland. An e-book, For the Witches of Romania, is due out from Beard of Bees.
The Holy Sonnets unDonne, Mark Young