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the red ceilings press

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.

The Red Ceilings originally started out as a poetry blog for both new and established contemporary poets and quickly expanded into publishing an ebook series of online and downloadable booklets. We have now started our latest venture - a series of limited edition A6 pocket sized chapbooks.


The Red Ceilings Press are accepting new work.

We welcome submissions for our ebook series, chapbooks and blog. We like innovative, experimental and avant-garde poetry in particular.

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.

blog & ebooks
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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New chapbooks - Default Soul by Tim Allen

Recent additions - All my pornography by Stephen Emmerson.
Forgotten by Simon Howard

New free ebook - Treinta días de una viuda by Tania Pleitez Vela
translated by Jessica Rainey

Heiligenschein : Petrarch Sonnets 160 - 180 ~ Peter Hughes
limited edition chapbook [rcp cb24] A6 28pp 40 copies. £5.00 inc. p&p (UK)
21 / 180

Tutto ’l dì piango; e poi la notte, quando

suddenly a night wind flaps the canvas
& elevates the smells of the fairground
through temporary gaps in the racket
before the mingled musics wash back in

with Roy Orbison Girls Aloud Dire Straits
well-oiled waltzers & cracked generators
something almost edible yet fetid
swoops past the nostrils & rings distant bells

my catalogue of over-reactions
slightly foxed & increasingly unbound
my contents open to the elements

the big wheel shovels us out of the smoke
up into a clarity of starlight
then back towards the rubbish bins & stone

Heiligenschein : Petrarch Sonnets 160 - 180, Peter Hughes
Limited edition chapbook - October 2013
excuse my vandalism, Lars Palm
ebook - November 2013
ebook [rcp 55] A5 36pp - free
issuu | pdf

excuse my vandalism ~ lars palm
Lars Palm
Lives with his lovely wife Petra, currently in Malmö. he’s the author of three books; road song for (corrupt press, 2011), chaos on/chaos off (obvious epiphanies press, 2012) & means (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, forthcoming) as well as some chapbooks in print & online, most recently mulhouse (greying ghost pamphlet #39, 2012). he has held a few odd jobs in a few places, including Stockholm, Dublin & Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is trained as an actor/playwright, organic producer & assistant nurse & has a slow career as a model. He blogs at mischievoice.
Casio's Pay-off Peyote, Volodymyr Bilyk
ebook - November 2013
ebook [rcp 56] A5 64pp - free
issuu | pdf

Casio's Pay-off Peyote ~ Volodymyr Bilyk
Volodymyr Bilyk
is a writer, translator and occasionally visual artist. His book of visual poems was published in the series This is Visual Poetry, his book of asemic short stories CIMESA was published by White Sky Books and his book of visual poems SCOBES was published by No Press. His works appeared in The New Post-Literate, A-Minor magazine, REM magazine, Cormac McCarthy’s Dead Typewriter, The Otolith, Altered Scale, Ex-Ex-Lit, Maintenant, 3am, Underground Books and many others. 

He translates Ezra Pound, Billy Childish, Gertrude Stein, Paul Savoie, Tristan Tzara, and Kurt Schwitters. 

He is the co-editor of Extreme Writing Community.
Treinta días de una viuda, Tania Pleitez Vela translated by Jessica Rainey
ebook - January 2014
ebook [rcp 57] A5 68pp - free
issuu | pdf

Treinta días de una viuda, Tania Pleitez Vela translated by Jessica Rainey
Tania Pleitez Vela
was born in El Salvador and lived in the United States and Costa Rica before arriving in Barcelona in 1999. She has a doctorate in Spanish American Literature and has written several academic publications, including two books: a biography titled Alfonsina Storni. Mi casa es el mar and a study, Literatura. Análisis de situación de la expresión artística en El Salvador. She is currently writing a biography on Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies and magazines in El Salvador and Mexico.

Jessica Rainey is a writer and translator from the UK. She is co-founder of Trilengua, a multilingual reading series in Barcelona and New York, and a founder member of the Prostíbulo Poético. Her writing and translations have appeared in anthologies and magazines in the USA, Spain, Greece and El Salvador, and a hypertext poetry collection,
Endoma, was released in 2012.
forgotten ~ simon howard
chapbook [rcp cb25] A6 32pp landscape
£5.00 inc. p&p (UK)

The poems of Forgotten zig-zag down the pages like falling leaves, or a hare’s flight through stubble, or attempts to escape tear-gas and kettling, or long flights of stairs through a void, each insubstantial step of which needs to be tested. It’s hard to move with confidence. The surroundings and the very language have been undermined. The danger is not imaginary. Everything is at stake. Getting through the next day and night will be a substantial achievement, as will reaching the end of the page.

Peter Hughes
Forgotten, Simon Howard
Chapbook - February 2014
all my pornography ~ stephen emmerson
chapbook [rcp cb26]
A6 24pp 35 copies
£5.00 inc. p&p (UK)
Stephen Emmerson’s
publications include:
A never ending poem... (Zimzalla), Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press / Stranger Press), No Ideas but in Things (Dark Windows Press), Albion (Like This Press), The Last Ward (Very Small Kitchen) and ‘Pharmacopoetics’ (Apple Pie Editions).
All my pornography, Stephen Emmerson
Chapbook - March 2014
default soul ~ tim allen
chapbook [rcp cb27]
A6 52pp 35 copies
£7.00 inc. p&p (UK)
“Tim Allen creates a lot of new problems with Default Soul. Each paradox the poem creates is accompanied by the certain feeling of experiencing a paradox, which then works itself out for a line or a stanza as the text becomes a kind of dynamic movement (and not ‘like’ a kind of dynamic movement): “put the sea back where you found it”.

Edmund Hardy
Default Soul, Tim Allen
Chapbook - April 2014