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.
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.
Postal submissions are accepted but please note that submissions via this portal are preferred.
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Please note that we can no longer return manuscripts to the sender.
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. Please note that your work may be selected for online publication only.
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.
Submit your entries for The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019 here.
Opening date: 1st June
Closing date: 31st July
All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines.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).
Please ensure you have read all competition rules and submission guidelines before submitting your work.