The London Magazine is the UK’s oldest literary magazine, proud to have published some of the biggest names in literature including Angela Carter, Joan Didion, T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, George Orwell, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf. We are open to unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and reviews for our print edition and online.
We are also committed to encouraging marginalised and underrepresented writers to submit, particularly writers of colour, working class writers, writers with disabilities, and writers who are queer, transgender, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming.
We are interested in a wide variety of topics and styles of writing. Writers should carefully review the guidelines below before submitting work via our online portal. Similarly, we find those who are familiar with the publication stand a far better chance of having their submissions accepted, so we do recommend reading the latest copy of our print journal which can be purchased using the link below:
A note from the editors
Commissioned articles received by a member of the editorial team are subject to editorial approval. Those accepted for the website will only receive a fee unless they are accepted for print also.
Due to volume, we regret that we are unable to respond to submissions individually, unless your piece is accepted for publication in print or online. If you haven’t heard back from us within 8 weeks, please assume that your submission has not been accepted on this occasion.
While we do occasionally publish extracts from existing books and collections, for general submissions to The London Magazine please only send previously unpublished work. If you are interested in publishing an extract with us, please email email@example.com with ‘Extract’ in the subject line.
We will be open for free submissions during the following periods:
1 – 30 September
1 – 30 November
1 – 31 January
1 – 31 March
1 – 31 May
1 – 31 July
We charge a fee of £3.00 for submissions outside of those windows but if you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read our guidelines for low-income entry.
Non-Fiction pieces should be between 800 and 2,000 words.
For Short Fiction, above all we look for elegance in style, structure and characterisation. We are open to both experimental and traditional forms, although we do not normally publish genre fiction such as science fiction or fantasy writing, or erotica. Please make sure they are no more than 4,000 words in length.
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.
Work should be submitted either via Submittable or by email. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please do not duplicate material and we ask that you notify us if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
We wish you the best of luck with your submission.
To submit through Submittable, please create an account and send your writing through the online portal.
- Please do not duplicate submissions.
- If submitting multiple pieces through Submittable, please combine them into one document.
- We only publish original material, i.e. first-ever publication. We cannot run a piece that has already appeared on the web or elsewhere in print. We can, however, publish an original translation if the work has previously appeared in another language, but never before in English.
- Please ensure you have submitted your piece through the correct Submittable category. For example, a short story submitted in the poetry category will not be considered. Note that running competitions will have their own Submittable category, which will be clearly signposted.
Whilst postal submissions will be considered, submission via Submittable or email is strongly preferred. If you do send your submission via post, please make sure to include your contact details.
Our postal address is:
The London Magazine
Flat 5, 11 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5EL