Links: Literary Magazines

Literary magazines publish fiction, poetry, criticism and other writing. They range from online blogzines to printed publications sold from university bookstores. The list below is a reasonably-comprehensive run down of magazines based in the UK.

If you’re an aspiring writer or poet it’s well worth submitting some of your writing to literary magazines. As well as gaining you a readership, they will help you get used to the publishing process and can be valuable credits if and when you decide to try and publish a full book or collection of your poems. Some magazines will even pay you for your work.

If you’re completely new to sending your work out for publication, you can check out a short guide to the process here. And if you live outside the UK, then we recommend Duotrope’s Digest – it requires a small monthly fee, but is a frequently-updated and reliable resource for discovering new markets.

Do you know of a UK literary magazine that I haven’t listed below? Tell me about it using the contact form!

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A3 Review

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

The A3 Review is a literary magazine that folds out like a map, and publishes writing under 150 words. Published pieces are selected by means of a monthly competition.

Acumen

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry and reviews. Acumen is long-established and well read.

Agenda

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry and reviews. Agenda was founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound and William Cookson. It publishes regular anthology issues and occasional special issues that focus on just one poet.

Albedo One

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Based in Ireland, this magazine is “Europe’s westernmost outpost” of science fiction writing. It publishes at least one Irish writer per issue, as well as work from writers around the world. They also publish reviews and interviews, and run the annual Aeon competition.

Allegro Poetry

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This online magazine publishes four issues each year, two of which are for general poetry and two of which follow a set theme. The editor is Sally Long.

Ambit

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, artwork and reviews. Ambit has been around for more than forty years. It combines illustration and artwork with prose and poetry

Anima Poetry

Format: Print | Frequency: 1 x Per Year

Seeks to publish “contemporary poems which dare to look beyond the materialist paradigm of mainstream western culture”. A new magazine, currently seeking submissions for its first edition.

Arete

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, reviews and articles.  An arts journal. Publishes lots of commentary, reportage and critical articles.

Atavic Poetry

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online magazine which specialises in traditional and fixed-verse poetry, as well as poetry in translations, articles and essays. They welcome reviews of UK poetry events.

Bare Fiction

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Despite the name this magazine publishes poetry, theatre and other forms of writing along with fiction. See the website for event listings and details of a planned competition.

Black & Blue

Format: Print & Online  | Frequency: Unscheduled

This eclectic magazine is looking for “drama, poetry, prose and other”. Its goal is to be a “fresh and vivid counterpoint to the conventional aspects of the literary world”. The editors are willing to give feedback on rejected submissions.

Black Static

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, artwork and reviews with a focus on horror. Originally published as The Third Alternative. TTA Press also publishes Interzone and Crimewave.

Brittle Star

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and articles. Back issues of Brittle Star can be found online on the Poetry Library website.

Bunbury Magazine

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

An arts magazine with a strong bias towards creative writing. Each issue has a theme. Although the magazine has no official website, you can follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

Butcher’s Dog

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

A new biannual poetry magazine, founded in the North East of England by seven poets who each won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2010 or 2011.

Crimewave

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, artwork and reviews. One of the UK’s few magazines dedicated to crime fiction. TTA Press also publishes Interzone and Black Static.

Dark Horizons

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. The magazine of the British Fantasy Society. Only available to members.

Dreamcatcher

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, artwork adn reviews. Dream Catcher also runs various workshops and events in the East Midlands.

East Of The Web

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction in all genres. One of the most widely-read online publications in the UK.

Envoi

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry, reviews and articles. Established for more than fifty years. Cinammon Press also publishes anthologies and runs several competitions.

Far Off Places

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A Scottish magazine which publishes fiction, poetry, drama and illustration, as well as hosting occasional events. Describes itself as “a magazine of written whimsy”.

Fiction Desk

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

The Fiction Desk publishes a regular anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, as well as running a number of other literary projects.

Firewords

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A beautifully-illustrated literary magazine which aims to feature both powerful writing and bold design.

Fortnightly Review

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A frequently-updated periodical featuring fiction, poetry and commentary which dates back to 1865, when it was founded by Anthony Trollope. It describes itself as “an editorial experiment”.

Frogmore Papers

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Frogmore Press also publishes several other titles and runs a poetry competition.

Fur-Lined Ghettos

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

A slim but exciting publication which features a wide range of genres and forms. An online sampler is available in addition to the printed issues.

Fuselit

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Each issue is themed around a “spur” word. Print issues are handmade in limited runs.

Gloom Cupboard

Format: Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, artwork and reviews. International writers welcome.

Granta

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, artwork and nonfiction. Long-established and well-read. Issues are generally based around a theme.

Ink, Sweat & Tears

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction and poetry. Their website states that “Ink Sweat & Tears explores the borderline between poetry and prose in the digital age”.

Interzone

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, artwork and review. One of the largest sci-fi magazines in the UK. TTA Press also publishes Black Static and Crimewave.

Iota

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Iota‘s main focus is on poetry, but it does publish occasional fiction issues.

Jupiter

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork with a focus on science fiction. Jupiter is available on Kindle. First published in 2003.

Liars’ League

Format: Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and nonfiction. Accepted pieces are read by actors at a monthly live fiction night.

Lighthouse

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

“We look to publish the best short fiction and poetry emerging from the UK writing scene.” This journal is run by Gatehouse Press (a publishing company based in Suffolk).

Litro

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Over 100000 copies are distributed for free around the UK each month.

London Journal Of Fiction

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This online magazine is a new platform for writers of fiction, poetry and literary essays. It aims to foster new talent and good writing, regardless of style or genre.

London Magazine

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. One of the oldest literary magazines in the UK, founded in 1732.

Long Exposure

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Long Exposure Magazine is dedicated to new voices, new ideas, and to seeing the world in different and innovative ways. This project aims to explore both the textual and the visual, bringing to light their dialogues and creative possibilities.

LossLit

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This project attempts to explore the various influences of loss in literature, both by collating original fiction, poetry and essays, and by building a canon of important existing titles.

Lunar Poetry

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

A young but strong publication. The editors also publish a readable and enthusiastic blog, and put together podcasts and London-based launch events.

Magma

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A long-running poetry magazine. Each issue of Magma is compiled by a different editor, and adhered to a different theme.

Misty Review

Format: Online | Frequency:  Unscheduled

A magazine with a focus on “identifying breathtakingly beautiful words”. This new magazine is open to online submissions as well as applications from potential editors.

Monkey Kettle

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Based in Milton Keynes. Also produces records and runs events in the area.

Moth

Format: Print | Frequency: Quarterly

The Moth was launched at the Flat Lake Festival in June 2010 and is now winner of a DAA Arts Award. This Irish magazine publishes poetry, fiction and pictures from artists in Ireland and abroad.

Mslexia

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and poetry. Publishes only writers who are female, but contains useful articles and entertaining work that can be enjoyed by either gender.

Neon

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Included here for the sake of completeness. Neon maintains this list of literary magazines.

New Fairy Tales

Format: Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Aims to publish new fairy tales, and is “passionate about good writing, beautiful illustrations, and sharing fantastic new work“.

New Welsh Review

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. New Welsh Review is concerned mainly with writing from Wales. Most feature articles are comissioned, but it is open to submissions of fiction and poetry.

Nottingham Review

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A new British digital literary journal, publishing original short stories and flash fiction from around the world.

Octavius Magazine

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This literary magazine publishes short stories, drama, poetry and flash fiction written by students based in Scotland. It is open to any form or genre of writing.

Open Pen

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

An entirely free magazine that aims to “create a print movement that is interesting and relevant, and encourage the growth of London’s talented, fertile, literary underbelly”. Publishes fiction, articles and columns.

Orbis

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Primarily a poetry magazine. Welcomes suggestions for features in addition to prose and poetry.

Peeking Cat Poetry

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This magazine publishes “a fusion of poetry and flash fiction written by people from all walks of life”. It believes that poetry should be accessible and a part of everyday life.

Poetry London

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry and reviews. Publishes contemporary poets alongside new voices. Runs a competition and regular readings.

Popshot

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A fully-illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood.

Quarterday Review

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This magazine aims to publish outstanding poetry in multiple formats on the four traditional Celtic quarter days: Imbolc (February), Beltane (May), Lughnasagh (August) and Samhain (November).

Rialto

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry. Publishes established poets alongside emerging voices. Established in 1984.

Riptide

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Seeks “short stories with an undercurrent”. Based in Exeter.

Rockland

Format: Print | Frequency: 26 x Per Year

This magazine takes the form of a wax-sealed scroll of new poetry and prose, distributed freely around London every fortnight.

Savage Kick

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Seeks writing that displays “misery, joy, psychosis, hope, isolation, disgust…”

Scrittura

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

An online literary magazine founded in 2015 that aims to provide a home for exciting writers from across the world. Scrittura publishes prose, poetry and dramatic scripts.

Sein Und Werden

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, reviews and artwork. An experimental literary magazine that seeks to explore the concepts of Expressionism, Surrealism and Existentialism.

Shoreline Of Infinity

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This science fiction magazine wants stories that explore the uncertain future of the world, and play around with both big and little ideas.

Short Fiction

Format: Print | Frequency: 1 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Published by University Of Plymouth Press. Also runs an annual short story competition.

Shots

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction and reviews. A crime and thriller ezine.

Stand

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and poetry. Established in 1952 by Jon Silkin. Has editorial offices at Leeds University and Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.

Storgy

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online magazine dedicated to the literary short story. Built around a core group of dedicated writers, Storgy also accepts submissions and runs an annual competition.

Stride

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Regularly updated online magazine that publishes an eclectic range of material.

Structo

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

This magazine publishes short stories, poetry, essays and interviews, and often features slipstream fiction and poetry in translation. Recent interviewees include Ursula K Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.

The Letters Page

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Produced by the School of English at the University of Nottingham, this journal publishes correspondence-themed writing, with the letter as its main form.

The Red Line

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

A magazine based around a bi-monthly short story competition with a fifty pound cash prize. The overall winner is selected from a shortlist by a different group of judges each time.

Thief

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A micropublication produced by the international media charity Tribe, dedicated to poetry, haiku and very short fiction.

Thi Wurd

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

A fiction magazine based in Glasgow which aims to give an outlet to those who exist “outside the narrative”. The publisher also organises events.

Transect

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A new magazine that aims to cut across human borders, eradicating boundaries between nations, ethnic/racial groups, languages and cultures.

Tribe

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A multi-disciplinary arts magazine run by international media charity Tribe. Describes itself as “interested in the art of creativity, not the creativity of art“.

Valve

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

A literary journal dedicated to publishing new and experimental work. “Valve will always be a platform for poetry and fiction that doesn’t fit the mould“.

Visionary Tongue

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and artwork. Established in 1995 by Storm Constantine. One of few regular British fantasy magazines.

Volume

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Creative magazine concerned with arts, music and fashion. Also publishes material online on the Volume blog.

Wasafiri

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and reviews. Wasafiri has a strong international focus, publishing work with a background in many different cultures.

White Review

Format: Online & Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

The White Review publishes material both online and in print, with a focus on fiction and poetry that is “artistically or educationally meritorious”. It also runs an annual competition.

Whatscene

Format: Print | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

A free print publication focussed on life in East London and beyond. Publishes poetry online on its Facebook page, and may possibly feature it in print in the future.

Wildness

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Seeks to publish poetry, prose, art and photography. A brand new journal, currently seeking submissions for the first edition.

3:AM

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. 3:AM Magazine publishes a wide variety of work. Its slogan is “Whatever it is, we’re against it”.

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