Submission Guidelines

Since John Lehmann re-launched The London Magazine in 1954, we have aspired to publish the best in contemporary fiction and poetry, alongside incisive and erudite essays, features and reviews. This approach has allowed us to unearth the best emerging writers in the last seven decades, and publish the sort of essays that 19th century The London Magazine contributor and occasional editor William Hazlitt would have been proud to publish.

We are interested in a wide variety of topics and many different styles of writing, so we recommend you submit through our online portal and see if we like it. However, we do find that those who are familiar with what we publish stand a far better chance of having their submissions accepted, so we recommend getting your hands on a copy of our print journal which can be purchased using the link below:

While we do occasionally publish extracts from existing books and collections, for general submissions to The London Magazine please only send previously unpublished work. If you are interested in publishing an extract with us, please email with EXTRACT in the subject line.



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

The London Magazine Style Guide

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

For Short Fiction, above all we look for elegance in style, structure and characterisation. We are open to both experimental and traditional forms, although we do not normally publish genre fiction such as science fiction or fantasy writing, or erotica. Just please make sure they are no more than 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. The structure should be tight and exact. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.



Work should be submitted either via Submittable or by email.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please do not duplicate material. 

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

We wish you the best of luck with your submission. 


To submit through Submittable, please create an account and send your writing 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. If you are looking to submit with you Note that running competitions will have their own Submittable category, which will be clearly signposted.

Postal Submissions

Whilst postal submissions will be considered, submission via Submittable or email is strongly preferred. If you do send your submission via post, please make sure to include your contact details. 

Our postal address is:

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

Unfortunately, we cannot return manuscripts to the sender.