Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features. Poetry London holds an annual poetry competition and launches each issue with readings from distinguished poet contributors to the magazine.

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Poetry London Clore Prize winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Poetry London competition:
FIRST PRIZE: ‘Names’ by Romalyn Ante
SECOND PRIZE: ‘Children of the Revolution’ by S.K. Kim
THIRD PRIZE: ‘Heaven’ by Rose S. Hill
COMMENDED POEMS: ‘Under London’ by Victor Tapner, ‘Tiger Gran’ by Pascale Petit, ‘A Rumble in Vina del Mar’ by Jenny McCartney, ‘After Zhao Mengfu’s Bathing Horses‘ by Tarn MacArthur

Winners will be published in the Autumn issue of Poetry London, and on 1 November Judge Kwame Dawes will present the Poetry London Clore Prize at Kings Place, with readings from the prizewinners. Sign up to the mailing list for publication and event updates.

Free poetry mentorship

Poetry London’s mentoring scheme offers 1 year of free one-to-one mentoring from leading poets. Submit your application by 31 July 2018.


Summer 2018: Issue 90


The Summer 2018 issue features new poems from Alice Notley, described by the Poetry Foundation as ‘one of America’s greatest living poets’, alongside poems from Colette Bryce, Karen Solie, Mark Waldron, Kwame Dawes and John McCullough. Newcomers to the magazine include Meryl Pugh, Crispin Best, Lottie Howson, George Ayres, Fiona Moore and Dominic Leonard. Plus new translations from Ciaran Carson and Chenxin Jiang.

This issue’s Essay features Kathryn Maris writing on painting, poetry and the female gaze and introducing the exhibition Slatterns, which she is curating at the APT Gallery in Deptford. It is followed by new poems commissioned for the exhibition including work by Rachael Allen, Natasha Tretheway and Karen McCarthy Woolf.
In Reviews and Features, Emily Hasler interviews Dylan Thomas prize-winner Kayo Chingonyi and André Naffis-Sahely considers the reputation of Aimé Césaire. New collections reviewed include books by Danez Smith, Kaveh Akbar, Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, James Brookes, Jenna Clake and Hannah Sullivan.

You can read a selection of poems and reviews from the Summer issue.

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News

Romalyn Ante wins Poetry London Clore Prize

‘I was over the moon when I learned that I won first prize in Poetry London Clore Prize; I am very grateful to Poetry London team and to Kwame Dawes for choosing my poem and giving my voice a chance to be heard.’

Romalyn Ante joins Judge Kwame Dawes and prizewinning poets on 1 November at Kings Place to read at the Autumn launch of Poetry London.

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Aki Schilz joins Poetry London’s Trustees

Poetry London is delighted to announce that Aki Schilz has joined the Board of Trustees. Aki is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers, providing editing services, mentoring and literary events. Since 2015, she has been a shortlist judge for both the Bridport First Novel Award and the Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers. Aki is a member of the #BAMEinPublishing network, and an advocate for improved inclusivity, accessibility and transparency …

Read more about Aki Schilz

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