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This list is compiled from the current, "live" magazines stocked at The Poetry Library. This list is aimed for both readers of poetry and writers of poetry, looking to submit their work. In the latter case, it is recommended that you take a look at the magazine that you are considering submitting your work to. You can do this in the following ways:

  • Visiting the Poetry Library to view our collection of magazines
  • Inspecting the latest issue of the publication, available from the publisher
  • Viewing many of the magazines free of charge at The Poetry Library Magazines site (

Presentation of your poems is of major importance, and it is advised that you spend some time doing this. The following points, although not true for every magazine, are intended as general guidelines you should check before submitting your work:

  • Make sure that your poems are typewritten on a separate sheet and that they look clean and presentable
  • Do not send more than six poems unless the publication asks you to do this
  • Include a short and polite covering letter to the editor/s
  • Always be sure to send a stamped addressed envelope with your poems, for the editor/s to make their reply
  • Always keep your own copies of poems in case the ones you send go missing
  • It is usual to have to wait for a period of time to get a response. Depending on the magazine, the Editor/s may be inundated with submissions and need time to get through this
  • It is unlikely that you will be paid in money for having your poems published, but it is usual to at least receive a free copy of the magazine. It is not usual to have to pay yourself to have your work published

Finally, do not be put off by rejections. This is the plight of every writer and you should remember that every established poet has had their work rejected at some point in their career. If you follow these guidelines, continue to read as much poetry as possible and concentrate on improving your work as you go along, then you have a good chance of succeeding!


Dugort, Achill, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Editors: Jean-François Bory

A3 Review, The

Editor: Shaun Levin  


c/o Verbal arts Centre, Stable Land and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry BT48 6PU
Tel: 028 71266946

Project Coordinator/Editor: Gregory McCartney


6 The Mount, Higher Furzeham, Brixham, South Devon TQ5 8QY ;
4 Thornhill Bridge Wharf, London, N1 ORU
Editor: Patricia Oxley

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.


The Wheelwrights, Fletching Street, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6TL
Tel: 01435 873703
Editor: Patricia McCarthy


Staithe House, Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8BP
Editor: Briony Bax

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.


Cissbury, Ashfield Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9JS
Editor: Marcus Sly


Clutag Press, PO Box 154, Thame, OX9 3RQ


8 New College Lane, Oxford, OX1 3BN
Tel: 01865 289193
Fax: 01865 289194
Editor: Craig Raine

Artemis: a magazine of women's poetry

9 Greendale Close, London SE22 8TG 
Editors: Dilys Wood and Anne Stewart

Auden Society Newsletter, The W.H.

78 Clarendon Road, London, W11 2HW
Editor: Farnoosh Fathi

Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature

PO Box 22300, London, W13 8ZQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8568 9747
Fax: +44 (0)20 8567 8509
Editor: Margaret Obank

Bare Fiction

177 Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8NA
Editor: Robert Harper

Betjeman Society Newsletter, The

Orchard Cottage, Warren Rd, Chelsfield Village, Kent, BR6 6EP
Editor: Steve Jackson


Biot Books, 110 Palmerston Rd, London SW19 1PD

Black Light Engine Room, The

12 Harrogate Crescent, Middlesbrough TS5 6PS

Blithe Spirit: Journal of the British Haiku Society

Editor: Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

"Poetry journal of The British Haiku Society. Publishes haiku, tanka and other allied genres of poetry, related essays and book reviews; Quarterly publication that only accepts submissions from members of the Society."

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Brittle Star

Editors, Brittle Star, PO Box 56108, London E17 0AY.
Editors: Louisa Hooper, Jacqueline Gabbitas, David Floyd, Martin Parker, Lynda How, Saskia Katarina Hidas

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Butcher's Dog

Co-edited by Luke Allan, Sophie F Baker, Jake Campbell, Amy Mackelden, Andrew Sclater and Degna Stone


English and Creative Writing Department, County Main, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YD
Editors: Bethan Thomas, Joanna Buttner, Sarah Sutton 

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