You must have had some experience with managing the challenges of ‘mental health’ at some point in your life ie; depression, anxiety, psychosis, phobias, OCD, eating disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia and anything else I’ve missed.

We accept original poems on any topic and style, relating to mental health and we can link back to you.

Not all poetry has to rhyme.

We accept original artworks and photographic images to go with your poem with a link back to the artist and if you don’t have one, I encourage you to find one on the net but you must reference and provide the link to the photographer or artist where possible.

Your poetry submission must not be previously published in print, E-zines, magazines, journals or any other publications online or in print. Personal blogs are OK.

If you re-submit your poem to any other publishers in print, E-zines, magazines, journals or your work becomes successful, you are required to inform them that your work was first published in Head Lines NZ, reference appropriately and link to Head Lines NZ.

Simultaneous submissions to multiple publishers, E-zines, magazines, journals are not permitted.

Multiple submissions are OK.

You are responsible for the originality of the work you submit.

Write a few words to be included as contributor’s note under your poem and a short Biography to be included on the Contributors Page

Please proof read your submissions and check for any typos and grammatical errors.

Write “Copyright © year (Your Name)” after your poems.

Submit 1-2 of your best poems in the body of your e-mail, NOT as an attachment to:

The Editor,
Head Lines NZ,

Write ” Head Lines Submission” in the subject line.

Submissions are open year-round and posted in the month of publication in the Archives.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your wonderful poetry! Jx


16 thoughts on “Submissions

  1. Wendy - Empathic Tigress November 1, 2017 / 5:09 am

    I hope it is okay to submit poetry from my wordpress site and G+ page? I have not had any published anywhere that I am sending in to you. I hope you are well Jodine

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    • Jodine November 1, 2017 / 9:05 am

      I’m good Wendy. Send it to me in an email. Read the submission page 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. wendymutu62 December 7, 2015 / 12:36 am

    Wow I am so rapt to have this opportunity. I am a New Zealander and proud of it. I am quite shy about sharing my poetry in case it isn’t good enough, but who knows… right?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jodine December 7, 2015 / 2:13 am

      I’m sure it will be fine! None of us are perfect. Some poets want things a certain way despite ‘the rules’. I look forward to reading your poetry 🙂


      • Wendiful62 December 7, 2015 / 2:44 am

        Thank you so much Jodine, now I feel more confident.

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  3. shannan2014 December 17, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Thanks for giving me somewhere to share my years of hidden poetry with others that will get it or relate, awesome, just have to learn how to use the site now !

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jodine January 2, 2015 / 2:57 am

      No worries Shannan! Your poetry is very welcome 🙂


  4. ouise ayne August 17, 2010 / 12:11 am

    Thank you so much for getting this going-you rock-xoxoxo

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  5. Alyson Bradley August 16, 2010 / 9:37 pm

    I agree a great idea, as with the intensity of many individuals within the mental health system, poems I feel help to gets to the depths of who we are and give great insight, and as those still searching for answers one poem can mean a rainbow!

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  6. Lynda July 28, 2010 / 10:09 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for thinking of this project and moving with it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jodine Derena Butler July 28, 2010 / 10:13 pm

      Cheers Lynda! I think the more spaces where we can be together to get support AND express ourselves creatively through poetry, the better! I do hope you have a poem or two stashed away somewhere you would like to share. Jx


  7. Heather Howes July 15, 2010 / 8:17 am

    Hi my poem was published this year in the Hearing voices magazine…. does that rule it out of ‘Head lines submission’?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jodine December 11, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      I’m so sorry Heather but I’ve only just found your comment from 2010 tonight! Unfortunately it does. Have you written anything new as I am accepting poetry submissions now… Jx


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