Submission Guidelines

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

We are interested in many different topics and many different styles of writing, so the best thing to do is to 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. As such, we recommend picking up a copy of the print journal. You can do this below, where you can our current issue along with back issues:

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from existing books and collections, for general submissions to The London Magazine please only send previously unpublished work.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 The London Magazine Style Guide below and read carefully. 

The London Magazine Style Guide


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

In Short Fiction above all we look for an elegance of 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.


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. Submissions to the Poetry Prize 2019 however must be filed separately.
  • 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.

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.

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.