How to submit


Good Dadhood is taking a rest in 2022.

Father’s Day this year is Sunday 19 June.

Please be good to your Dad if you’re fortunate enough to have a good one who is still with you. See him, spend time with him if you can … send him a card, a gift of something he would like. Arrange a video call. Email him with your news, include him in your life. At least phone him or message him to let him know you love and appreciate him.

Please remember your Dad if you had a good one and he is no longer with you.

If you have or had a bad Dad. I’m truly sorry. It’s not easy to forgive hurts from parents. I know that, although I was fortunate to have a good Dad. But if we can forgive parents who hurt us, the release that follows that act of forgiveness, brings untold benefits to the forgiver. I know that too.

And to any Dads reading this:  HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ON 19 JUNE!


Good Dadhood’s submission window opens on 1 April 2021 until 23.59 on 15 May 2021.

Poems accepted for publication will be scheduled to appear on the site at twice-a-week intervals from mid-April until mid-June (culminating around Father’s Day)

Please email your poems to:

There is no real limit to the number of poems you can submit but make them good ones!  Let’s say, to keep things manageable, that you can send between one and three poems (less than 40 lines each).  Let’s go for quality over quantity. Positive is finest. Humour is fine. The overly sentimental and mawkish are probably going to be less fine … and might not get past the gatekeeper (me!)  
Negative poems almost definitely won’t get through the gate, and this isn’t really the best place for memorial poems or poems about serious illness and geriatric decline. Let’s keep poems upbeat! We need it, after the year we’ve been through.
Already-published poems are fine as long as you still own the copyright. On submitting, please mention where they first appeared, so we can acknowledge that on the site.
If you are wondering whether to submit a poem to a magazine or competition, you might think twice about entering it as a candidate poem for the Good Dadhood ezine. Poems appearing here must be considered ‘published’.  However, if you do need subsequently to withdraw a poem from the Good Dadhood, for whatever reason, please email to let me know and I’ll remove it from the site as quickly as possible.
Please include a short bio (less than 50 words) which might include a few words about the father in your poem(s).  If you would like to, please feel free to include a photograph of yourself … and, with the necessary permissions … the father in your poem. Please don’t submit a photograph if you don’t own it or don’t have the owner’s permission for it to be posted on the internet. Please do assure yourself that you have the permission of every living person in the photograph – and mentioned in the poem – to be represented on the blog. The Good Dadhood project isn’t going to be responsible for any repercussions stemming from not following any of these guidelines!
Looking forward to reading your Good Dad poems.
Sharon Larkin
Good Dadhood