Poetry with Pride by Toby Buckley


Poetry with Pride: COMING OUT

Submission Call & Event Info

Belfast Pride is now seeking your submissions for ‘Coming Out’, a limited-run pamphlet celebrating original, queer poetry in Belfast.

We want to build on the success of ‘Demand Change’ last year – we held an evening of poetry readings from some of the best and brightest of Belfast’s LGBT+ poets to a full house at the Sunflower and sold out our pamphlet of original LGBT poetry and earned a GALAS Awards nomination for Arts and Literature for organiser, Toby Buckley.

The event will be back this year on Wednesday 1st August in The MAC and we are preparing the pamphlet now. We’re especially eager to publish poetry by members of the LGBT+ community in Belfast and Northern Ireland, but submissions are open to everyone.

The pamphlet will be available for purchase at Poetry with Pride on the 1st August, with remaining copies available through Belfast Pride. All profits will go towards poetry events at Belfast Pride Festival 2019!

Submission Guidelines: Poems to be no longer than 30 lines, with a maximum of three poems per submission.

Deadline for submissions: 22nd July 2018.

Please email your work as a Word doc or pdf attachment to:

and just get in touch with any questions.

Issue #4 Call for Submissions by Toby Buckley

Yellow, Pink, and Blue Party Balloons

It's Party Time!

Help Bombinate celebrate its birthday in style 

Greetings, Bombineers! Issues 1, 2 and 3 have been and gone, with #3 being easily the prettiest Bombinate to date thanks to our incredible cover designer Dearbháil Clarke. 

With Bombinate's first birthday on the horizon, the time has come to turn out attention toward a fourth issue, which will be launched at Bombinate's Big Birthday Party & Zine Market on Saturday, 21st July. This will be our first real life launch event, so we're pretty pumped!

Note: If you’ve ordered a copy of Issue #1, #2 or #3, it should be with you very soon. Thanks to the new website's real-life e-commerce setup, sales are now smoother and easier to process. No more weird Paypal invoicing! Hooray!

And if you haven’t ordered any of the previous issues? Well, that’s a little rude really. Please do fix that by following this link.

So, without any further ado, submissions are now open for Issue #4 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: First Birthday! I want any work you might have that's themed around birthdays, anniversaries and/or the number one. 

What do we want? I’m looking for submissions from every genre, provided I can feasibly print it in a zine (so feature films may be tricky, sorry). If you aren’t sure if what you have would be suitable, try checking out the submission guidelines or email me at

I’m especially eager to include lots of illustrations and doodles in this issue, so please throw any relevant art my way! 

Submission Deadline: 9th July, 2018.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!

Belfast Zine Market by Toby Buckley


Bombinate's First Belfast Zine Market

at the Belfast Book Festival

On the 16th of June 2018, Bombinate organised the first Belfast Zine Market. We had some incredible exhibitors including Charlot Kristensen, The Lifeboat and Playtime zine, and gave the masses their first chance to get their hands on Bombinate Issue #3!

Our second zine market on Saturday the 21st July to mark Bombinate's first birthday. This time, the Crescent Arts Centre were kind enough to host us! 

If you’re interested in getting involved in future events, please get in touch!

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