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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!

Cannon's Mouth

22 Margaret Grove, Harborne, Birmingham, UK
Editor: Greg Cox

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.


19 Godric Drive, Brinsworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5AN
Editor: Graham Rippon

Caterpillar, The

81 Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Editor: Rebecca O?Connor


Editors: Sandra Bunting, Ger Burke, Jarlath Fahy, Tony O'Dwyer

Critical Quarterly

School of English, Queen's Building, The Queen's Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QH
Editor: Colin MacCabe


Editors: Dominic Hale, Katy Lewis Hood, Jonathan Coward, Figgy Guvyer


3 Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Editors: Leland Bardwell; Eilean Ni Chuilleanain; Pearse Hutchinson; McDara Woods

Dandelion Arts Magazine

24 Frosty Hollow, East Hunsbury, Northants NN4 OSY
Editor: Joaquina Gonzales-Marina

Dark Horse, The

3A Blantyre Mill Road, Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, G71 8DD
Editor: Gerry Cambridge

Dawntreader, The

24 Forest Houses, Cookworthy Moor, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU
Editors: Ronnie Goodyer & Dawn Baulig

Dial 174

John Claypole, 6 Helpston Rd, Glinton, Peterborough, Cambs, PE6 7JT
Tel: 01733 252087
Secretary: Frances Claypole
Editor: John Claypole

Different Skies

Editors: Alistair Cartwright, Hannah Martin, Jon Siah, Stephanie Farmer

Dream Catcher

161 Lowther Street, York, YO13 7LZ
Tel: 01904 733 767
Editor: John Gilham

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Edinburgh Review

22 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LN
Tel: 0131 651 1415
Editor: Alan Gillis
Assistant Editor: Jennie Renton

Elbow Room

Editor: Rosie Sherwood
Poetry Editor: Zelda Chappel


Ty Meirion, Glan Yr Afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau
Ffestiniog LL41 3SU
Editor: Jan Fortune-Wood


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Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Eye Flash Poetry Journal

Editor: Charlotte Begg

Editor: Richie Campbell

Foxtrot Uniform

Editor: Joshua Cialis

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