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.

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 and no more than 6 poems should be submitted at once.

N.B. If Submitting multiple poems, these should be collated into once document. Multiple document submissions will not be read.

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.

Ends on April 30, 2018£20.00

The London Magazine are proud to announce our inaugural Novel Writing Competition, in collaboration with Author Enterprises. We are accepting international entries for this competition, however we will not be accepting postal or email entries. 


Entry fee: £20 per manuscript  
Spec: Literary Fiction, between 40,000 and 120,000 words – submit with summary (400 words max)
Opening date: 1st March 2018
Closing Date: 30th April 2018


First Prize: £1000 and your novel published by Author Enterprises*
Second Prize: £200
Third Prize: £100

Please read our rules carefully before entering:

  • If submitting by any means other than Submittable, please include a completed entry form.
  • All entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, nor have won or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd,, runner up etc) in any other competition.
  • It is advised that you should read a copy of The London Magazine before entering to familiarise yourself with the style of writing we are looking for.
  • There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.
  • Submissions can be written on any subject or theme. 

    Entry Format
    • Entries must be in English.
    • The filename of email entries must be the author followed by the title of the story. It must be either a .doc, pdf or .txt file.
    • Entries must be labelled clearly with your name, address and email address on the front page.
    • No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.

      If you have any questions, please contact Emma at competition@thelondonmagazine.org.

      *Author Enterprises will arrange for winner to be published on Amazon as an ebook and print on demand paperback. Authors will retain all rights and royalties.