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.

Poetry London 2016 Competition Results


1st prize: Jon Stone – ‘The Self-Made Man

2nd prize: Oona Chantrell – ‘The Bittern

3rd prize: Robert Stein – ‘The Discovery of Neptune by John Couch Adams, 1845


Claudia Daventry – ‘Ancrene Wisse

Rowland Bagnall – ‘Colonsay’

Rachel Piercey – ‘Five Go to the Island Again

Jon Sayers – ‘What a Man Kept Under His Hat

Summer 2016: Issue 84

The new issue of Poetry London is now available to buy online and in all good bookshops.

In the summer 2016 issue of Poetry London, Jennifer Militello, an exciting American poet new to the magazine joins Pascale Petit with a significant selection of poems. We have new work from Emily Berry, Ian Duhig, Rachael Boast, and Jan Wagner in translation, plus translations from the Italian by Jack Underwood. Newcomers to Poetry London include Joey Connolly, Alex Houen, Maria Jastrzebska and Natalya Anderson.

In the review and features section, composer and musicologist Lawrence Kramer writes on setting poems to music, Karen McCarthy Woolf interviews Maura Dooley and reviews include books by Sarah Maguire, Stevie Smith, JO Morgan and RF Langley.

  • ‘Poetry London has long been essential reading. Try imagining contemporary poetry without it.’Sean O'Brien
  • ‘Its eclectic international editorial vision makes Poetry London one of the very best, essential poetry magazines in English.’Steve Berg, Editor, American Poetry Review
  • ‘The name Poetry London might suggest a publication geared to a metropolitan coterie. Nothing could be further from the truth. Poetry London spreads its net wide to include the latest from Europe, America, and other parts of the world, as well as from the islands of Britain and Ireland; work by new poets and established ones. In other words its one of the best magazines around.’Ciaran Carson
  • ‘I’m impressed especially with your openness to international poetry in translation, but also with your resolutely non-sectarian approach to poetry in English – from many sources and schools.’Marilyn Hacker
  • ‘Poetry London is no longer simply an interesting poetry journal for those living in the region, it’s an essential international journal of poetry. The reviews of poetry volumes are often statements of poetics – going beyond their immediate surroundings. They create connections and nodal points for further investigation and discussion, and there’s an editorial dynamic at work that suggests a plurality of vision, a theatre of possibilities. What I particularly like about Poetry London is that it keeps talking to you when you close its covers.’John Kinsella
  • ‘Poetry London has become THE magazine I most want to read.’The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy
  • ‘For its consistent representation of the best in British poetry, for the keenness of its critical response, for the way it attracts work from both established poets and the brightest newcomers, and for its editorial acuity, Poetry London is indispensable.’David Harsent
  • ‘Poetry London has gone from strength to strength and is now essential reading for anyone who cares about poetry in the UK. It publishes in-depth reviews and a wonderful range of international poets: young poets who have not yet published a collection, old hands, and poets from a wide variety of traditions. The one thing they have in common is their excellence.’Ruth Padel
  • ‘There is no other literary magazine I read to find out what poets are up to across the pond. More than The London Review of Books or the TLS, I look to Poetry London. Whenever it arrives in my mailbox I cancel my plans and spend my time, instead, within those ecstatic pages.’Matthew Dickman
  • ‘Poetry London has been my favourite poetry magazine for some years now. It keeps readers like me plugged into the most consistently exciting bits of the UK poetry scene, while bringing across some of the most important transatlantic writers too. The reviews are among the best being published, giving poets/critics the space to exercise a level of judgment that feels increasingly rare in this climate.’Sarah Howe


Poetry London is pleased to announce a one-off weekend workshop with American poet Matthew Dickman on 24–25 September.

To read more, and to book your place, please click here.

Poetry London awarded Catalyst Evolve funding for 2016-19

Poetry London is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Catalyst Evolve funding for 2016-19. Out of the 140 organisations awarded the grant, only 6 are literature organisations and Poetry London is one of only 2 for poetry. Read more about the award here.


Poetry London Autumn Launch Readings


In preparation the departure of Tim Dooley next year, we are seeking to appoint a freelance Reviews Editor to join our editorial team.

Applications are open now, with the deadline extended until 5pm on 30 August. Interviews will be held in London on 23 September (location tbc).

The full job description, and details about how to apply, can be downloaded here.

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