Submission Guidelines


The London Magazine publishes literary writing of the highest quality. We look for original poetry and short fiction that startles and entertains us. Reviews, essays and features should be erudite, lucid and incisive.

General submissions will be considered for publication in some or all of the following formats: print in the relevant issue of The London Magazine, eBook Edition (Kindle), The London Magazine App or on Please note that we may select your submission for publication online only.

Please refer to The London Magazine before you submit work, for examples of the type of material we publish.

All submissions sent to The London Magazine must not have previously been published, self-published, appeared on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, nor have won or been placed (e.g. 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc.) in any competition.

N.B. While we try to respond to every submitter, the volume of submissions we receive means that it is not always possible to contact each writer individually. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If you haven’t heard back from us within 8 weeks, please assume that your submission has not been accepted on this occasion.

Before submitting, please download The London Magazine Style Guide below and read carefully. 

The London Magazine Style Guide

Submissions will not be read if they stray over the word limits, or if they are not presented according to our submission guidelines.

Non-Fiction pieces should be between 800 and 2,000 words.

Short Fiction should address mature and sophisticated themes. Moreover, it should have an elegance of style, structure and characterisation. We do not normally publish science fiction or fantasy writing, or erotica.

We will consider short stories of up to 4,000 words in length.

Poetry should display a commitment to the ultra-specificities of language, and show a refined sense of simile and metaphor. Abstraction is the enemy of good poetry. The structure should be tight and exact. We do not publish long, loose poems. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.




Submission Process

Work should be submitted either via Submittable or by email.


To submit through Submittable, please create an account and send your submission through the online portal.

Submit through our online portal

  • Please do not duplicate submissions
  • If submitting multiple pieces through Submittable, please combine them into one document.
  • Please ensure you have submitted your piece through the correct Submittable category. For example, a short story submitted in the poetry category will not be considered.


Email submissions should be sent to the following addresses.

Poetry Submissions:

Short Fiction Submissions:

Nonfiction Submissions:


You must attach your submission to the email. Please include the title of your submission in the subject line.


Postal Submissions

Please note that whilst postal submissions will be considered, submission via Submittable or email is strongly preferred. 

Please send postal submissions to:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5EL

Unfortunately, we cannot return manuscripts to the sender.