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.

Postal Address:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5EL

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.

Ends on August 31, 2017£5.00 - 10.00
£5.00 - 10.00

All essays submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 1500 words. There will be no set theme or subject. We are looking for non-academic, original work with a powerful voice that is not afraid to surprise. This competition is open to international entries.

Entry fee: £10 per essay | Subsequent entries: £5 per essay
(there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit)

Opening date: 1st July 2017
Closing Date: 31st August 2017

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

The winning essay will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine, and the second and third placed essays will appear on our website.

  • Please read our competition rules carefully before entering.
  • Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. The title is NOT included in the word count.
  • Essays should NOT be academic essays.
  • The London Magazine will have the unrestricted right to publish winning submissions (including runners up) in the magazine and online. 
  • Make sure to include your completed entry form with your submission if submitting by any means other than Submittable. This can be downloaded from our website and sent to us by email or post.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Ludo at competition@thelondonmagazine.org.
  • If you have signed up for an Associate Membership, you are entitled to special priority and consideration. 

    If you are not an Associate Member but you are interested in finding out more about the scheme click here.


    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.

    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.