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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!

London Review of Books

28 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HN
Editor: Mary-Kay Wilmers

Long Poem Magazine

(Paper magazine but subscriptions and submissions by web only) 
Editors: Linda Black and Lucy Hamilton 

Lunar Poetry

39 Vesta Road, Brockley, London, SE4 2NJ
Editor: Paul McMenemy


Magma, 23 Pine Walk, Carshalton, SM5 4ES, UK
Email (contributions):
Email (general):

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Mistress Quickly's bed

100 Waterloo Rd, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1EP
Editors: Alan Dent & Nancy Frost

Modern Poetry in Translation

Queen's College, Oxford, OX1 4AW
Editor: Sasha Dugdale

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Moth, The

The Bog Road, Dromard, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Tel: +353 49 4366020
Editor: Rebecca O'Connor

Moving Worlds: a Journal of Transcultural Writings

School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Editor: Shirley Crew


100 Waterloo Road, Preston PR2 1EP
Editors: Alan Dent and Nancy Frost 

Mslexia: for women who write

PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1PZ
Tel: 0191 261 6656
Fax: 0191 261 6636
Editor: Debbie Taylor

Neon Highway

37 Grinshil Close, Liverpool, L8 8LD
Editor: Alice Lenkiewicz

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

New Walk

c/o Nick Everett, School of English, University of Leicester, University Road,
Leicester LE1 7RH
General Editors: Rory Waterman and Nick Everett

New Welsh Review

PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1WZ
Tel: 01970 628410
Editor: Gwen Davies

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

North, The

The Poetry Business, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street,
Sheffield S1 2DS
Tel: 0114 346 3037
Editors: Ann & Peter Sansom

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Not Shut Up: voices from London prisons

BCM, Not Shut Up, London, SE1 8WX

Editor (Poetry): Anna Robinson

Obsessed with Pipework

Flarestack Publishing, 8 Abbot's Way, Pilton, Somerset, BA4 4BN
Editor: Charles Johnson

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.


17 Greenhow Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 5EL
Editor: Carole Baldock

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

Oxford Poetry

Oxford Poetry, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU
Editors: Lavinia Singer and Aime Williams

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines Archive.


Edited by Vala Thorodds and Luke Allan.

PBS Bulletin

The Poetry Book Society, Fourth Floor, 2 Tavistock Place, London, WC1 9RA
Editors: Chris Holifield and Siân Lambert

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