Essay | Shakespeare’s London and the Emergence of the Playhouse

Today, the idea of the theatre can evoke tradition and history, having perhaps one of the longest histories of all the arts. But when the theatres first began springing up in London in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, they were places that transgressed and challenged social boundaries, and were considered dangerous by the well-to-do of the age. The Emergence of...

Staff Picks | The Best of Gothic Fiction

As it's Halloween, The London Magazine team have been discussing the nature of horror in fiction, and why we are so attracted to reading it. With it's desolate and wild settings, supernatural mysteries, and erotic fantasies, Gothic literature is a richly subversive genre which encapsulates the deeply-rooted fears of the human condition. Arising from a time of profound social change, Gothic...

Spotlight II: Dostoyevsky Wannabe

The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes found a home in the pages of the then newly re-launched volumes of the magazine. We want this tradition to continue, and given the renaissance of new independent publishers, we...

Spotlight on: Rough Trade Books

The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes found a home in the pages of the then newly re-launched volumes of the magazine. We want this tradition to continue, and given the renaissance of new independent publishers, we...

Short Story Competition | Prize-Giving Ceremony

On Tuesday 28th March 2016 The London Magazine awarded the winners of the Short Story Competition 2016 during a drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace. The prizes were presented by the guest of honour, Stanley Johnson, who praised the pleasantly unique and vastly contrasting stories. Judge Erica Wagner was also in attendance. We would like to thank all applicants to the Short Story Competition...

The London Magazine Short Story Competition 2016 | Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who entered The London Magazine's Short Story Competition 2016. We were delighted to see such a large volume and high standard of entries. Judges Max Porter, Erica Wagner and Angus Cargill have made their decision, and we are very pleased to announce the winners: First place: The Match Factory by Emma Hughes Second place: I Have Called You By Your Name...

Short Story Competition 2016

This competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. The longlist, shortlist and winners will be announced over the next few months. Keep checking our ‘Competitions’ section and sign up to our newsletter for updates. Autumn is here, which means The London Magazine's Short Story Competition 2016 is upon us. The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected...

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 | Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who entered The London Magazine's Poetry Prize 2016. The standard of entries was extremely high but our judges, Rebecca Perry and Andrew McMillan, have made their choices and we are delighted to announce the winners: First place: ‘They Don't Make Gods for Non-Believers’ by Patrick Errington Second place: ‘Kira’ by Aaron Fagan Third place: ‘The Truth...

An interview with Bernard O’Donoghue

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in 1945 in Cullen, Co Cork. His latest collection, The Seasons of Cullen Church, returns with a compelling and simple diction to that place and time. He has published six collections of poetry, including Gunpowder, which won the 1995 Whitbread Prize for Poetry, and Farmers Cross (2011). He lives in Oxford, where he is an...

The Year of the Pin-Up Calendar by Imogen Cassels

Excerpts from a previously unpublished sequence of poems named The Year of the Pin-Up Calendar. February there is a white pigeon opened like a book on the kerb     poor it could not imagine the unexpected glamour of being a pin-up – process of     violence. carcass like fleecelined glove turned insideout     like redweed in sea foam     it is the second dead animal in a week, before it was    ...

The e-Shadow by Rhys Timson

It was three weeks into Kurt’s big adventure that his digital self was stolen. Before that, everything had been going to plan. He’d been live-streaming the sights via a head-mounted HD camera and vlogging on Youtube at the end of each day. Though physically alone, his internet presence made him feel as if his friends and family were always...

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 | Judges

The London Magazine's annual Poetry Prize seeks out new writers whose work is adventurous, innovative and surprising in both form and content. We are very excited to confirm the judges for our 2016 Poetry Prize will be: Andrew McMillan | Rebecca Perry The competition will be opening for entries in May. More information on prizes and how to enter will be available online...

Faber New Poets: in conversation

Faber New Poets . Photograph © Thea Hawlin The Faber New Poets scheme, now in its fourth incarnation, provides a platform for new voices and has launched the careers of poets such as Jack Underwood, Rachael Allen, Sam Riviere and Will Burns. This year’s poets are Rachel Curzon, Elaine Beckett, Sam Buchan-Watts and Crispin Best, all of whom will have...

An interview with Emily Berry

Emily Berry's 2013 debut Dear Boy established her as a poet of 'sinful inventiveness' and 'startling gifts'. As the editor of Salt Publishing's Best British Poetry 2015 she brought her poetic skill to bear on the challenge of curating a selection of the most engaging, challenging and diverse poetry that has appeared in the last year. Ralf Webb spoke to her about the...

TLM contributors 2015 poetry book list

It's the time of year when book lists rounding up the best of the year's literary offerings abound. By now we're sure you've got hold of your Marlon James and Elena Ferrante, your Andrew McMillan and your Sarah Howe, so instead we've chosen to highlight several alternative publications by former TLM contributors that might settle themselves nicely on your bookshelves. Silents...

The Rat by Hannah Lowe

The landlady watches herself in the living room mirror, phone held to her ear. In the blurred morning light her face looks young again, almost. She flicks her pale fringe from one side to the other. ‘Yes, well let’s hope it’s mice’, she says into the receiver. If only the tenant would hope too. In the mirror she sees Mossi...

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

Editor of The Stinging Fly, one of Ireland's top literary magazines, Thomas Morris is no stranger to reading and writing short fiction. In the final countdown to the deadline for our short story competition we spoke to the writer and editor about his debut collection We Don't Know What We're Doing, heritage, habits and the art of disguise. Many interviewers have made much of your identity...

Archive | ‘A Message’ from T. S. Eliot

"What we need is the magazine which will boldly assume the existence of a public interested in serious literature, and eager to be kept in touch with current literature and with criticism of that literature by the most exacting standards."

“We live in the age of the beautiful book” – interview with Chris Riddell

Writer, illustrator and current Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is becoming an increasingly familiar name to stumble upon in the literary world. He has collaborated on projects with Neil Gaiman, Russell Brand and is an award-winning author in his own right. From his often jaw-droppingly beautiful illustrated books to his lively social media posts of train journey doodles and illustrated...

The Man Booker Prize 2015 Predictions

Here at The London Magazine we're getting excited about the upcoming announcement of the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 is chaired by Michael Wood, with the judges for this year's award including former Deputy Editor of Granta Ellah Allfrey, the award-winning poet John Burnside, along with authors Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. Six titles will make...

An Interview with Calisi Press

In recent months Ferrante Fever has been catching. If you haven’t already heard of the anonymous Italian female author who’s achieved international acclaim, the entire finished series of her famed Neapolitan novels awaits you: go, read and remain awed. With the release of the final installment just days ago, the success of the Italian series has sparked a renewed interest...

This Land by Josie Ferrante

A feathery touch brings me round. Gentle, like the light summer rain back home in Wiltshire – thin drops patter on my face and bare arms. But I know though my eyes are still closed that it's all wrong. I smell dust. The air is thick with it. The same smell has haunted the streets for months, but it...

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