This competition is now closed. Thank you very much to all our entrants. 

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition is returning.


Opening Date: 1st April 2015

Closing Date: 31st May 2015

This is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the world to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK plus winning a cash prize.

The London Magazine has been home to the likes of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid, Helen Dunmore and many more. We are on the hunt for new talent – unpublished poems from across the world.

First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200 
Third Prize: £150

 The winning poem will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The runners up will be featured on the website.

Entry fee: £7 (1st poem)

Subsequent Poems: £5 (per poem)


 There is no limit on the number of poems you can submit.

The winners will be announced at a special London networking drinks reception. This is a fantastic networking experience and gives the winners a chance to meet The London Magazine team.


Holly Howitt-Dring: Holly is a writer and academic, originally from Wales. She writes poetry, novels and short fictions, as well as academic articles, and is Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth University.

Tristram Fane Saunders:  Tristram is a 21-year-old poet and journalist, living in Scotland. He is the poetry editor of The Saint, and a critic for Radio Times. His first chapbook, ‘Intro #5’ was published in 2011, and his latest sequence, ‘Almanac’, was the recipient of the 2014 Quiller-Couch Prize. Tristram has performed his work extensively across the UK, at festivals including Latitude, Brainchild and the Edinburgh Fringe.

If you have any questions, please email us at:

How to enter

You can enter electronically through our online portal. This will be available once the competition is live.

You can also send in your submissions to our competition email and we will manually upload you to our online portal. However, we do prefer you to send in submissions through our online portal.

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  • Please read to competition rules carefully before entering. All rules must be adhered to.
  • Make sure to include your completed entry form with your submission. This can either be filled in through our online portal or downloaded from our website and sent to us.

We look forward to reading your entries!

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