About IS&T

Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which  publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between.  Our tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and we aim to publish something new every day.

We try to keep waiting-time short, but because of increased submissions, the current waiting time between submission and publication is around twenty weeks.  There is only one editor and she unfortunately only has one pair of eyes, so please bear with her.  Sometimes she needs to leave the safety of her desk.


The History

IS&T was founded by Salt author Charles Christian in 2007 as a platform for new poetry and short prose, and experimental work in digital media.   Charles ran the site single-handedly, publishing new work every day till 2010, when now sole editor, poet and artist Helen Ivory came on board as Deputy Editor.

The Archive

On 31st March 2012, IS&T migrated from the now defunct Blog Harbor site, to this WordPress one.  We were able to bring most of the five years worth of of work with us, but unfortunately some of the older posts are frozen in time, in the Courier font, or have morphed into other fonts.  Apologies for the untidiness  – this irritates us no end!


Who is IS&T?


The Editor

Helen Ivory started as Deputy Editor at IS&T in 2010, and is now sole editor.  She was born in Luton but now lives Norwich with her husband, the poet Martin Figura where they run the live-lit organization Cafe Writers.

Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is Waiting for Bluebeard (2013). She is co-editor, with George Szirtes of In their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry (Salt, September 2012).  She is an editor for The Poetry Archive and teaches for the Arvon Foundation, the UEA and for The Poetry School.  She is also an artist and makes poem boxes, which she regularly posts onto her website.


The Publisher

Kate Birch took over the management of Ink Sweat & Tears in April 2011. She has never had any claims to be a poet. Indeed in response to her attempt to get on a poetry course at the University of Toronto in the 1980s, its tutor referred to her submissions as “doggerel” and “a complete waste of my time.” She survived this, at the time, rather traumatic setback and has spent the intervening decades researching and writing about subjects as varied as 18th Century politics, machine tools and tap dancing.

Perhaps having been outed as one who could not write poetry, Kate has always been a keen supporter of those who can. In 2007, she and her husband, Dominic Christian, set up Café Writers Norfolk Commission, for which she also sits on the judging panel. Four years later, she established the Ink Sweat & Tears Poetry Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, which goes towards an MA in Creative Writing.

Kate is the voice of IS&T on Facebook and Twitter. She is based in London and Norfolk.



IS&T welcomes submissions for well-written reviews at any time – we like to publish one or two a month.   We have no house reviewers so please do not request to send us books. Please see the Submissions page for guidelines.