Poets! Find out about our brand new poetry competition that will open in May.
We publish literary writing of the highest quality. We look for poetry and short fiction that startles and entertains us. Reviews, essays, memoir pieces and features should be erudite, lucid and incisive. We are obviously interested in writing that has a London focus, but not exclusively so, since London is a world city with international concerns.
Please refer to The London Magazine before you submit work, so that you can see the type of material we publish.
Submissions will not be read if they stray over the word limits, or if they are not presented according to our submission guidelines.
All submissions sent to The London Magazine must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd,, runner up etc) in any competition.
Non-fiction pieces should be between 800 and 2,000 words. Single inverted commas should be used for all quotes/speech. Titles of works including books, plays, film and paintings should be in italics.
Short fiction should address mature and sophisticated themes. Moreover, it should have an elegance of style, structure and characterisation.
We do not normally publish science fiction or fantasy writing, or erotica.
We will consider short stories of up to 4,000 words in length.
Abstraction is the enemy of good poetry. Poetry should display a commitment to the ultra specificities of language, and show a refined sense of simile and metaphor. The structure should be tight and exact.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines. We do not publish long, loose poems.
The maximum number of poems you should submit is 6.
When Submitting Your Entry
Due to the volume of submissions, it may take some time before you receive a response. We do read and reply to every submission.
Email submissions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please paste the artefact into the body of the message as well as attaching the file.
The subject of your email must include the submission type (poetry etc), your name and the submission title. It must be either a .doc, pdf or .txt file.
Postal submissions should be sent to:
The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5EL
Please enclose a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope or international reply coupons for the return of the manuscript.
Publication in The London Magazine will include all, if not some of the following formats: print version in the relevant issue of The London Magazine, eBook Edition (Kindle) and on our The London Magazine App as well as on thelondonmagazine.org.