As some of you will know I used to work for a caritable organisation of a literary nature. Part of my job was to keep a list of small presses available to give out to unsucessful applicants to our own publication.
Below is that list as uptodate as it was when I used to work in the office, and some advice of submitting and the sort of work the care looking for where the information is readily available. As always check out a publication if you can before submitting.
I know this rules say no advertising but I see this as a tool instead of advertising the presses. I gain nothing from this.
These magazines and journals may not be the most prestigious out there but they are an excellent stepping stone. Good luck to anyone submitting.
This list of magazines publishing poetry in the U.K. is not exhaustive new magazines may have been launched and some of those listed may have folded.
Current prices are quoted (with number of copies for subscription in brackets) where known; please add postage. When submitting manuscripts (typed if possible) always make sure that your name and address is on every poem, and remember to include a self addressed stamped envelope for reply.
PO Box 371, York, Y023 1WL, UK
Cotemporary culture, new writing
£16.20 sub (4) £24.30 sub (6)
Mount Stuart House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF1 6DQ
Information, articles on literary Wales £15
6 The Mount, Furzeham, Brixham, South Devon, TQ5 8QY
Poetry, reviews, articles. £12.50 sub(3)
The Wheelwrights, Fletching Street, Mayfield, East Sussex,
New poetry, reviews, lit criticism /£26.00 sub(4)
17 Priory Gardens, London N6 6QZ
Poetry, short stories, reviews, art
UK £7.00/£28 sub(4)
Rest of World £10.00/£32.00
c/o P & G wells Limited, 11 College Street, Winchester
Hampshire SO23 9LZ
Poetry, Reviews, Criticism
BACK TO THE MACHINE GUN
38 Ropery Street, London, E3 4QG
Experimental and modernist poetry and fiction
PO Box 22300, London W13 8ZQ
Contemporary Literature from the Arab World
£7 sub £20 (3)
Flat 1a, 17 Mauldeth Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4NE
Louisa Hooper, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Martin Parker and David Floyd
PO Box 56108
London, E17 OAY
THE COFFEE HOUSE
Deborah Tyler Bennett
c/o Charnwood Arts, Loughborough Library, 31 Granby Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3DU
Poetry, short prose, visual art £2.50/£8.50 sub (4)
School of English, Queen`s Building, Queen`s Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QH
P. J. Precious
Hare Cottage, Kettlesing, Harrogate, HG3 2LB
4 Broughton Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RX
Poetry, fiction, articles, reviews.
Peter Lewin, Jenny Clarkson
Flat 1, 25 Cross O Cliff Hill, Lincoln LN5 8PR
Poetry, fiction, reviews. £6.50/£15 sub(3)
44 Rudyard Road, Biddulph Moor, Stoke on Trent ST8 7JN
Poetry, reviews £5/£15 sub(3)
Field Cottage, Old White Hill, Tackley, Oxfordshire. OX5 3AB
£4/ £7 sub (3)
THE FROGMORE PAPERS
21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, E.Sussex BN7 1PJ
Poetry, short stories, reviews £3.50/£7.00 sub
Spring Bank, Longsight Road, Copster Green, Blackburn BB1 9EU
Poetry, prose, novel extracts, reviews, interviews, art £3.00
PO Box 23392, Edinburgh, EH8 7YZ
Poetry sub £10 (4)
THE INTERPRETER'S HOUSE
19 The Paddox, Squitchey Lane, Oxford OX2 7PN
Poetry, short fiction £12.00 sub (3)
Bob Mee, Janet Murch
1 Lodge Farm, Snitterfield, Stratford upon Avon, Warwicks
Poetry, reviews £3.00/£12.00 sub (4)
IRISH PAGES: A Journal of Contemporary Writing
The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB
£16 for one year, £24 for two years
Flat 3, 18 Oxford Grove, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9HQ
English poetry and poetry in translation. £2.50/£7 sub
63 Dixon Lane, Leeds LS12 4RR
Light-hearted poetry, reviews, art, interviews, fiction
£3.50 [£4.00 after July 2009]
LONDON MAGAZINE: a Review of Literature and the Arts
World Wide Subscription Services LTD, Unit 4, Gibbs Reed Farm, Pashley Road, Ticehurst, Nr. Wadhurst,East Sussex,TN5 7HE.
£7.50 sub £32 (24)
Poetry, Fiction, Features, Reviews.
LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
Mary Kay Wilmers
28 Little Russell St, London, WC1A 2HN
43 Keslake Road, London, NW6 6DH
Peter E. Presford
Rose Cottage, 3 Tram Lane, Buckley, Flintshire, CH7 3JB
Themed booklets only. Free for sae.
PO Box 656,Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE99 1PZ
Women's poetry, prose, articles, information. £18.75 sub (4)
37 Grinshill Close, Liverpool L8 8LD
Poetry and art
THE NEW CAULDRON
19 The Sandhills, Wirral CH46 3ST
THE NEW WRITER
PO Box 60, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2ZR
Poetry, fiction, articles, news
£27.00 sub (6) and a monthly E-news bulletin
Peter Sansom and Ann Sansom
Bank Street Arts
32 – 40 Bank Street
Poetry, critical prose, reviews £5.50/ £10.00 sub(2)
OBSESSED WITH PIPEWORK
Flarestack Publishing, 8 Abbot’s Way, Pilton, Somerset, BA4 4BN poetry
OPEN WIDE MAGAZINE
The Flat, Yew Tree Farm, Sealand Road, Chester CH1 6BS
Poetry, fiction, reviews £3.00/£9 sub (3)
29 Western Hill, Durham,DH1 4RL
Single copy £3.50
17 Greenhow Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 5EL
Poetry, prose, letters, features, reviews £4/£15.00 sub(4)
289 Elmwood Avenue, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 7QB
100 Waterloo Road, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1EP
4th Floor, Alliance House, 30 Cross Street, Manchester M2 7AQ
Poetry, reviews, interviews, translation.
£4.99 bi monthly/ £29.50 sub(6)
POET IN THE ROUND
18 Blackbridge Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RP
Poetry, articles. £4
70 Aveling Close, Purley, Surrey, CR8 4DW
Palores Publications, 11a Penryn Street, Redruth, Cornwall/Kernow, TR15 2SP
6 Daniels Rd, London, SE15 3LR
11 Orkney Close, Stenson Fields, Derby, DE 243LW
Poetry £4.00/£12.00 sub
22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX
Poetry, reviews £6.95/ £30 sub(4)
1st and 2nd Floors, 38 40 Nolton Street, Bridgend CF31 3BN
Poetry, reviews, articles
£4.00/ £16.00 sub(4)
Pen & Inc Press
School of Literature and Creative Writing,
University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolkshire, NR4 7TJ
P.O. Box 68, Manchester M19 2XD
£3.50/ £6.00 sub(2)
19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L69 7ZG
Articles, poetry, prose, reviews.
£6.95/ £24.00 (year sub – 4issues)
PO Box 309, Aylsham, Norwich NR11 6LN
New poetry £3.90 /£10.00 sub(3)
P.O. Box 1091, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR2 8WD
Poetry, prose, reviews £5
Little Wentwood Farm, Llantsisant, Usk
Monmouthshire, NP15 1ND £7.59
10 Collingwood Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5YB
Joanna Cutts and Micheal Laskey
Goldings, Goldings Lane, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4EB
Poetry £5.00, £14.00(3)
Dave Ward, Dave Calder
Windows Project, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY
Poetry, prose, art. £0.80p/£4.00 sub(5)
4 St. Mary's Rise, Burry Port, Carms, Wales SA16 0SH
School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Poetry, reviews, short stories, criticism £7.00 /£25.00 sub (4) (£18.00 unwaged/£10.00 student)
Anne Atkinson, Elizabeth Barrett
35 Carr Road, Walkley, Sheffield S6 2WY
Poetry and short fiction £5/£15 sub
TEARS IN THE FENCE
38 Hod View, Stourpaine, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8TN
Poetry, reviews, stories, art, essays £5.00/ £15.00 sub
33 Hartington Road, Southampton, SO14 0EW
Poetry, prose, graphics, reviews £3.50/£6.00 (2)/ £9.00(3)
The Word Hoard, Office E144, Dean Clough
Halifax, HX3 5AX, West Yorkshire
Correspondence to Erica Facey, Basho-An
The British Haiku Society105 Kings Head Hill, London E4 7JG
Haiku and related forms £6.50 (2)
9a Aukland Road Cambridge, CB5 8DW
Exploring art, literature and poetry from a Buddhist perspective
The Open University in London
1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London. NW1 8NP
Black British, African, Asian and Caribbean literature:
Poetry, fiction, reviews, interviews, cross-cultural debate
£27 individual sub
1 Mountside, Guildford, Surrey GU2 5JB
Poetry and reviews £2.50/£6.00 sub
NOTES ON SENDING WORK TO MAGAZINES
Probably hundreds of thousands of people write poetry and most will at sometime submit work for publication. It follows that publication is difficult, but not impossible.
• Present your work in a clear and readable fashion, each poem on a separate sheet and typewritten. A hand written poem is almost always ignored. Make sure that your name and address is on each sheet.
• Always keep copies of any original material you send by post.
• Do not submit too much work. Select half a dozen poems or less and try to avoid sending long poems on the first submission.
• Any covering letter should be kept very short. If the editor accepts your poems and wants further information about you, you’ll be asked.
• Always send a stamped addressed envelope, large enough for both reply and/or return of your poems. It is not the responsibility of any magazine to pay for either a reply or the return of any unsolicited material.
• Do not expect to receive a reply immediately. It is quite normal for weeks or even months to pass before a reply is made.
• Do try to see a copy of the magazine to which you intend to submit. Editors are never pleased to see poems totally unsuited to their magazine.
• Avoid newspaper adverts headed “poems wanted” and suchlike. No genuine magazine needs to advertise for poems. The adverts are usually inserted by “vanity presses”; publishers who play on the vanity or ignorance of inexperienced writers to get them to pay for publication. If you think you have talent, you should test it by trying all the outlets that do not ask for payment.
• Avoid paying for your poem to be published but do not expect to be paid. Most magazines cannot afford to pay contributors in other than free copies.
• Outlets for poetry fall into two almost distinct groups, the commercial and non-commercial. The commercial side uses far fewer poems and poets, largely relying on those with considerable reputations and the chances of a new poet’s work being accepted are very low. This category includes national weeklies, general arts-based magazines and national radio programmes. Information about this type of outlet is in The Writers and Artists Yearbook, which can be found in your library.
The non commercial publishers are known as little magazines and small presses. These are almost always run on a part-time basis by non-paid staff and though there are some large enough to be really commercial, there is an openness to new work that makes them the best place to try for first publication.