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This list is compiled from the current, "live" magazines stocked at The Poetry Library. This list is aimed for both readers of poetry and writers of poetry, looking to submit their work. In the latter case, it is recommended that you take a look at the magazine that you are considering submitting your work to. You can do this in the following ways:

  • Visiting the Poetry Library to view our collection of magazines
  • Inspecting the latest issue of the publication, available from the publisher
  • Viewing many of the magazines free of charge at The Poetry Library Magazines site (

Presentation of your poems is of major importance, and it is advised that you spend some time doing this. The following points, although not true for every magazine, are intended as general guidelines you should check before submitting your work:

  • Make sure that your poems are typewritten on a separate sheet and that they look clean and presentable
  • Do not send more than six poems unless the publication asks you to do this
  • Include a short and polite covering letter to the editor/s
  • Always be sure to send a stamped addressed envelope with your poems, for the editor/s to make their reply
  • Always keep your own copies of poems in case the ones you send go missing
  • It is usual to have to wait for a period of time to get a response. Depending on the magazine, the Editor/s may be inundated with submissions and need time to get through this
  • It is unlikely that you will be paid in money for having your poems published, but it is usual to at least receive a free copy of the magazine. It is not usual to have to pay yourself to have your work published

Finally, do not be put off by rejections. This is the plight of every writer and you should remember that every established poet has had their work rejected at some point in their career. If you follow these guidelines, continue to read as much poetry as possible and concentrate on improving your work as you go along, then you have a good chance of succeeding!

Reach Poetry

24 Forest Houses, Cookworthy Moor, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU
Editor: Ronnie Goodyer

Reader, The

Calderstones Mansion, Calderstones Park, Liverpool L18 3JB
Editor: Philip Davis


Unit 1, 26 Cleveland Road, South Woodford, London E18 2AN
Editor: Not specified


Editors: Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton


PO Box 309, Aylesham, Norwich NR11 6LN
Editor: Michael Mackmin


15 Edward Street, Pontardawe SA8 3DB
Editorial Board: Byron Beynon, Phil Carradice, Sally Roberts Jones,  Brian Smith, Alexandra Trowbridge Mathews

Royal Society of Literature Review

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Tel: 020 7845 4679
Editor: Anthony Gardner

S.C.P.S.W. Author, The (The Society of Civil & Public Service Writers)

1 Thornleigh Park, Bangor, County Down, BT20 4NN
Email (Chairman of S.C.P.S.W. poetry workshop):
Poetry Editor: Terry James

Salopeot: Salopian Poetry Society

5 Squires Close; Madeley; Telford; Shropshire; TF7 5RU
Editor: Roger Hoult


24 Forest Houses, Cookworthy Moor, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU
Editor: Ronnie Goodyer & Dawn Bauling


Frizingley Hall, Frizinghall Road, Bradford, BD9 4LD
Editor: Nicholas Bielby


Little Wentwood Farm, Llantrisant, Usk, Mon., Wales, NP15 1ND

Scoop (Children's Magazine)

Scoop, Curious Publishing Ltd, 66 Southborough Road, London, E9 7EE
Editors: Clementine Macmillan-Scott and Sarah Odedina 

Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Quarterly, The

Address: 8 Cherry Crescent, Parc Penderri, Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9FG, Wales
Editor: Peter Thabit Jones

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.


50 Westons Hill Drive, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7DF
Editor: Tony Frazer

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.


Editor: Melanie White

Siegfried’s Journal

Skylight 47

Editors: Bernie Crawford, Marie Cadden, Ruth Quinlan, Nicki Griffin


SMart Network, PO Box 64198, London, WC1A 9FL
Tel: 07702 497 719
Editor: Jaime Bautista


Windows, 1-27 Bridport Street, Liverpool, L3 5QF
Editors: Dave Calder and Dave Ward

Sample some back issues on the Poetry Magazines archive.

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