Update: Submissions for The London Magazine
Poetry Prize 2019 are now CLOSED!

Over the years The London Magazine has been home to some of the most prestigious poets in its long publishing history, from John Keats to Sylvia Plath and Derek Walcott. Our annual Poetry Prize seeks out new voices in poetry, providing a platform for publication in the UK’s oldest literary journal.

All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. We have no criteria as to theme, form or style but we are looking for fresh, diverse and innovative new work. This competition is open to international entries, and this year’s shortlist will be judged by Zaffar Kunial (Faber), Martha Sprackland (Poetry London, Offord Road Books, Rough Trade Books), and Chris Emery (Salt Publishing).


Entry fee: £10 per poem 

Subsequent entries: £5 per poem 

Student entry: £5 per poem
(There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. Students must use a university email address – .ac.uk or similar – to enter with student fee).

Low income writer: £5 entry
(Writers receiving benefits may send up to three poems in one document under this option, but to be eligible please also attach a document proving that you are in receipt of benefits). 

Opening date: 1st June 2019
Closing date: 31st July 2019
*** Deadline extended until 7th August ***

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200

The winning poems will be published in future issues of The London Magazine and there will be an award ceremony held in London for the winners. Please enter your poems through the link below:



Here is some more information on this year’s judges, who we are absolutely over the moon to be working with:

Martha Sprackland is editor at Offord Road Books, Poetry London and La Errante. She has translated poetry from the Arabic and the Spanish, and her poems, essays and reviews have appeared widely; she has also published two pamphlets: Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade Books, 2018). A full collection is forthcoming in 2020, as is a non-fiction book about sharks and obsession.




Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’. His collection Us was published by Faber in 2018. 




Chris Emery is a director of Salt. He has published three collections of poetry: Dr. Mephisto, Radio Nostalgia and The Departure, as well as a writer’s guide, an anthology of art and poems, and edited selections of Emily Brontë, Keats and Rossetti. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologised, most recently in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe). He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing, edited by David Morley and Philip Neilsen. He lives in Cromer, North Norfolk.




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