The Big List Of UK Literary Magazines

The Big List Of UK Literary Magazines

Literary magazines. They’re strange beasts: beautiful, varied and often painfully short-lived. For poets and writers, however, they’re invaluable. Not only do they allow you to get a feel for the writing of your contemporaries, but they also represent one of the most accessible routes to publication.

Some truth: placing your work in literary magazines isn’t going to make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. But it will gain you readers, get your name out there, build your network and confidence, and occasionally leave you with a little extra money in your pocket.

There are too many literary magazines in the world for us to keep track of, so we’ve restricted the list below to those based in the UK. If you’re new to sending your work out for publication, you may want to check out our short guide to the process. And if there’s a magazine we’ve missed, please let us know using the contact form!


A3 Review

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

The A3 Review is a literary magazine that folds out like a map, and publishes writing under 150 words. Published pieces are selected by means of a monthly competition.


Acumen

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry and reviews. Acumen is long-established and well read.


Agenda

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry and reviews. Agenda was founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound and William Cookson. It publishes regular anthology issues and occasional special issues that focus on just one poet.


Albedo One

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Based in Ireland, this magazine is “Europe’s westernmost outpost” of science fiction writing. It publishes at least one Irish writer per issue, as well as work from writers around the world. They also publish reviews and interviews, and run the annual Aeon competition.


Algebra Of Owls

Format: Online | Frequency: 365 x Per Year

This “no frills” Yorkshire-based webzine updates on a daily basis with new poetry, and also promotes spoken word poetry events in the region. Every month a “Readers’ Choice” and “Editor’s Choice” prize are awarded.


Allegro Poetry

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This online magazine publishes four issues each year, two of which are for general poetry and two of which follow a set theme. The editor is Sally Long.


Amaryllis

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

The poetry blog of Poetry Swindon. Publishes new material twice a week, every Monday and Thursday. Open to submissions from writers anywhere in the world.


Ambit

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, artwork and reviews. Ambit has been around for more than forty years. It combines illustration and artwork with prose and poetry.


And Other Poems

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

The aim of this online literary magazine is to give readership to poems which would not otherwise be available: out of print or unavailable poems, poems published in print but not online, competition poems, and unpublished poems.


Anima Poetry

Format: Print | Frequency: 1 x Per Year

Seeks to publish “contemporary poems which dare to look beyond the materialist paradigm of mainstream western culture”. A new magazine, currently seeking submissions for its first edition.


Antiphon

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This long-running online poetry magazine is dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary poetry, as well as reviews of books and pamphlets and articles about all aspects of poetry.


A Restricted View From Under The Hedge

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This magazine from Hedgehog Press has, in its own words, “quite catholic tastes” and is looking to publish “work from every dusty corner of the broadest of churches.” The somewhat-unwieldy title is sometimes shortened to Arfur for simplicity.


Arete

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. An arts journal. Publishes lots of commentary, reportage and critical articles.


Atavic Poetry

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online magazine which specialises in traditional and fixed-verse poetry, as well as poetry in translations, articles and essays. They welcome reviews of UK poetry events.


Bare Fiction

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Despite the name this magazine publishes poetry, theatre and other forms of writing along with fiction. See the website for event listings and details of a planned competition.


Black & Blue

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This eclectic magazine is looking for “drama, poetry, prose and other”. Its goal is to be a “fresh and vivid counterpoint to the conventional aspects of the literary world”. The editors are willing to give feedback on rejected submissions.


Black Static

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, artwork and reviews with a focus on horror. Originally published as The Third Alternative. TTA Press also publishes Interzone and Crimewave.


Brittle Star

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and articles. Back issues of Brittle Star can be found online on the Poetry Library website.


Bunbury Magazine

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

An arts magazine with a strong bias towards creative writing. Each issue has a theme. Although the magazine has no official website, you can follow it on Facebook and Twitter.


Butcher’s Dog

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

A new biannual poetry magazine, founded in the North East of England by seven poets who each won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2010 or 2011.


Cake

Format: Print | Frequency: 1 x Per Year

Based in the English Literature and Creative Writing department at Lancaster University this magazine was set up by students in 2009. It features short fiction and poetry from anywhere in the world. Each issue is named after a different kind of cake.


Cannon’s Mouth

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

The Cannon’s Mouth is the quarterly journal of Cannon Poets. It aims to stimulate interest and encourage the participation of members and the wider community in the writing of poetry and its presentation to the public.


Clear Poetry

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A free-to-read online poetry magazine, that aims to promote engagement with “accessible, approachable, astonishing” poetry. The editor also curates a yearly eBook anthology of the best poems from the site.


Compass

Format: Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

This online magazine comes out of North West England but is in no way restricted to that region. The tastes of the editors don’t adhere to a particular school and they aim to publish a range of quality poetries. The site also features news, reviews and articles.


Confluence

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A creative writing magazine produced by live lit organisation Wordsmithery, based in Kent. Aims to publish an equal quantity of works from the Medway Delta and from the world beyond.


Crimewave

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, artwork and reviews. One of the UK’s few magazines dedicated to crime fiction. TTA Press also publishes Interzone and Black Static.


Dark Horizons

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. The magazine of the British Fantasy Society. Only available to members.


Dawntreader

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This fifty-two-page perfect bound literary publicaton has an international readership, and gives readers the “opportunity to let the imagination run free”. Produced by Indigo Dreams, who also administer a number of other literary magazines and chapbooks.


Doppelgänger

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

This magazine publishes three pieces of magical realist fiction and three pieces of realist fiction in each issue, with the goal of creating an interesting juxtaposition of genres. New and established writers are equally welcome.


Dreamcatcher

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, artwork adn reviews. Dream Catcher also runs various workshops and events in the East Midlands.


East Of The Web

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction in all genres. One of the most widely-read online publications in the UK.


Envoi

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry, reviews and articles. Established for more than fifty years. Cinammon Press also publishes anthologies and runs several competitions.


Far Off Places

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A Scottish magazine which publishes fiction, poetry, drama and illustration, as well as hosting occasional events. Describes itself as “a magazine of written whimsy”.


Fiction Desk

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

The Fiction Desk publishes a regular anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, as well as running a number of other literary projects.


Fictive Dream

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online magazine dedicated to the short story, built around the belief that powerful writing ensures that readers never slip out of the fictional world or dream that a writer creates. Open to submission from emerging and established writers.


Firewords

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A beautifully-illustrated literary magazine which aims to feature both powerful writing and bold design.


Fortnightly Review

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A frequently-updated periodical featuring fiction, poetry and commentary which dates back to 1865, when it was founded by Anthony Trollope. It describes itself as “an editorial experiment”.


Foxglove

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This online journal aims to be a haven for poetry and short fiction, featuring work that “thrills, comforts and stimulates”.


Frogmore Papers

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Frogmore Press also publishes several other titles and runs a poetry competition.


Fur-Lined Ghettos

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

A slim but exciting publication which features a wide range of genres and forms. An online sampler is available in addition to the printed issues.


Fuselit

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Each issue is themed around a “spur” word. Print issues are handmade in limited runs.


Gloom Cupboard

Format: Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, artwork and reviews. International writers welcome.


Granta

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, artwork and nonfiction. Long-established and well-read. Issues are generally based around a theme.


Here Comes Everyone

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A Coventry-based magazine with an international readership. Each issue of Here Comes Everyone has a different theme, and the magazine aims to be accessible and supportive to both published and unpublished writers.


High Window

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This online magazine publishes work in English by new and established poets from The UK and around the world. Alongside a lively and eclectic mix of poetry, each new issue contains an editorial, a literary essay, a selection of poems in translation, poetry reviews and occasional features.


Ink, Sweat & Tears

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction and poetry. Their website states that “Ink Sweat & Tears explores the borderline between poetry and prose in the digital age”.


Interpreter’s House

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A long-established literary magazine, which has now been published for more than thirty years. Features short fiction and poetry. Also runs a yearly poetry competition with a top prize of £500.


Interzone

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, artwork and review. One of the largest sci-fi magazines in the UK. TTA Press also publishes Black Static and Crimewave.


Iota

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Iota‘s main focus is on poetry, but it does publish occasional fiction issues.


Jupiter

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork with a focus on science fiction. Jupiter is available on Kindle. First published in 2003.


Lager

Format: Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

An online magazine which aims to provide useful feedback for the creators it features. When submitting work writers are asked to provide a comment on one existing piece from the magazine – these comments are then passed onto the relevant author.


Liars’ League

Format: Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and nonfiction. Accepted pieces are read by actors at a monthly live fiction night.


Lighthouse

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

“We look to publish the best short fiction and poetry emerging from the UK writing scene.” This journal is run by Gatehouse Press (a publishing company based in Suffolk).


Litro

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Over 100000 copies are distributed for free around the UK each month.


London Journal Of Fiction

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This online magazine is a new platform for writers of fiction, poetry and literary essays. It aims to foster new talent and good writing, regardless of style or genre.


London Magazine

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. One of the oldest literary magazines in the UK, founded in 1732.


Long Exposure

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Long Exposure Magazine is dedicated to new voices, new ideas, and to seeing the world in different and innovative ways. This project aims to explore both the textual and the visual, bringing to light their dialogues and creative possibilities.


LossLit

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This project attempts to explore the various influences of loss in literature, both by collating original fiction, poetry and essays, and by building a canon of important existing titles.


Lunar Poetry

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

A young but strong publication. The editors also publish a readable and enthusiastic blog, and put together podcasts and London-based launch events.


Magma

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A long-running poetry magazine. Each issue of Magma is compiled by a different editor, and adhered to a different theme.


Misty Review

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A magazine with a focus on “identifying breathtakingly beautiful words”. This new magazine is open to online submissions as well as applications from potential editors.


Monkey Kettle

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Based in Milton Keynes. Also produces records and runs events in the area.


Moth

Format: Print | Frequency: Quarterly

The Moth was launched at the Flat Lake Festival in June 2010 and is now winner of a DAA Arts Award. This Irish magazine publishes poetry, fiction and pictures from artists in Ireland and abroad.


Mslexia

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and poetry. Publishes only writers who are female, but contains useful articles and entertaining work that can be enjoyed by either gender.


Neon

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Included here for the sake of completeness. Neon maintains this list of literary magazines.


New Fairy Tales

Format: Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Aims to publish new fairy tales, and is “passionate about good writing, beautiful illustrations, and sharing fantastic new work“.


New Walk

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

From October 2017 this international print journal of art, writing and review will be replaced by a series of pamphlets, available by subscription. During its run the magazine featured poets such as Andrew Motion and Alice Oswald.


New Welsh Review

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. New Welsh Review is concerned mainly with writing from Wales. Most feature articles are comissioned, but it is open to submissions of fiction and poetry.


Nottingham Review

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A new British digital literary journal, publishing original short stories and flash fiction from around the world.


Obsessed With Pipework

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

A quarterly magazine founded in 1997, and prouduced by Flarestack Poets. The magazine aims to “surprise and delight”. Although it has a limited web presence, back issues can be browsed on the website of The Poetry Library.


Octavius Magazine

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This literary magazine publishes short stories, drama, poetry and flash fiction written by students based in Scotland. It is open to any form or genre of writing.


Open Mouse

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Originally developed as part of the Poetry Scotland site, The Open Mouse is now an independent online publication which features poems by writers from anywhere in the world.


Open Pen

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

An entirely free magazine that aims to “create a print movement that is interesting and relevant, and encourage the growth of London’s talented, fertile, literary underbelly”. Publishes fiction, articles and columns.


Orbis

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Primarily a poetry magazine. Welcomes suggestions for features in addition to prose and poetry.


Peeking Cat Poetry

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

This magazine publishes “a fusion of poetry and flash fiction written by people from all walks of life”. It believes that poetry should be accessible and a part of everyday life.


Picaroon Poetry

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

A web journal which publishes unthemed and eclectic poetry. The editor is seeking “rogue” poets, but has a fairly open definition of that term. Picaroon Poetry also occasionally publishes chapbooks.


Poetry London

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry and reviews. Publishes contemporary poets alongside new voices. Runs a competition and regular readings.


Popshot

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

A fully-illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood.


Prole

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

Prole is a print magazine that publishes high-quality, accessible poetry and prose. It aims to challenge, engage and entertain – but never exclude. The publisher, Prole Books, also produces chapbooks.


Quarterday Review

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This magazine aims to publish outstanding poetry in multiple formats on the four traditional Celtic quarter days: Imbolc (February), Beltane (May), Lughnasagh (August) and Samhain (November).


Reach Poetry

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This magazine has now been published for more than a decade, with a stunning two hundred issues in its archives. Features poetry. Produced by Indigo Dreams, who also administer a number of other literary magazines and chapbooks.


Rialto

Format: Print | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Publishes poetry. Publishes established poets alongside emerging voices. Established in 1984.


Riggwelter

Format: Online | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

A journal of creative arts founded by Amy Kinsman in 2017. It releases an issue once a month, and is open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art and experimental media.


Riptide

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Seeks “short stories with an undercurrent”. Based in Exeter.


Rockland

Format: Print | Frequency: 26 x Per Year

This magazine takes the form of a wax-sealed scroll of new poetry and prose, distributed freely around London every fortnight.


Sarasvati

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Each successful contributor to this print magazine has three or four pages dedicated to their work – be that poetry or prose. Produced by Indigo Dreams, who also administer a number of other literary magazines and chapbooks.


Savage Kick

Format: Print | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Seeks writing that displays “misery, joy, psychosis, hope, isolation, disgust…”


Scrittura

Format: Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

An online literary magazine founded in 2015 that aims to provide a home for exciting writers from across the world. Scrittura publishes prose, poetry and dramatic scripts.


Sein Und Werden

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry, reviews and artwork. An experimental literary magazine that seeks to explore the concepts of Expressionism, Surrealism and Existentialism.


Shoreline Of Infinity

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

This science fiction magazine wants stories that explore the uncertain future of the world, and play around with both big and little ideas.


Short Fiction

Format: Print | Frequency: 1 x Per Year

Publishes fiction. Published by University Of Plymouth Press. Also runs an annual short story competition.


Shots

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction and reviews. A crime and thriller ezine.


Stand

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and poetry. Established in 1952 by Jon Silkin. Has editorial offices at Leeds University and Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.


Stimulus Respond

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online magazine each issue of which revolved around a given theme or “stimulus”. The pieces featured in the magazine form a response to this starting point. Among the most recent stimuli have been “Post-Truth”, “Handmade” and “Toys”.


Storgy

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online magazine dedicated to the literary short story. Built around a core group of dedicated writers, Storgy also accepts submissions and runs an annual competition.


Stride

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Regularly updated online magazine that publishes an eclectic range of material.


Structo

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

This magazine publishes short stories, poetry, essays and interviews, and often features slipstream fiction and poetry in translation. Recent interviewees include Ursula K Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.


Tears In The Fence

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

An international magazine which publishes a variety of contemporary writers. It provides critical reviews of recent books, anthologies and pamphlets and essays on a diversity of significant modern and contemporary English and American poets.


The Letters Page

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 3 x Per Year

Produced by the School of English at the University of Nottingham, this journal publishes correspondence-themed writing, with the letter as its main form.


The Reader

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Established in 1997, The Reader features a mix of poetry, fiction , interviews, thought pieces, advice and research with a focus on shared reading as a therapeutic activity. Their goal is to make shared reading widely available across the UK.


The Red Line

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

A magazine based around a bi-monthly short story competition with a fifty pound cash prize. The overall winner is selected from a shortlist by a different group of judges each time.


Three Drops From A Cauldron

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

An online journal for poetry, flash fiction, or any hybrid of the two with a focus on myth, legend, folklore, fable and fairytale. The name of the journal comes from a legend about the legendary Welsh sorceress Cerridwen.


Thief

Format: Online | Frequency: 26 x Per Year

A micropublication produced by the international media charity Tribe, dedicated to poetry, haiku and very short fiction.


Thi Wurd

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

A fiction magazine based in Glasgow which aims to give an outlet to those who exist “outside the narrative”. The publisher also organises events.


Transect

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A new magazine that aims to cut across human borders, eradicating boundaries between nations, ethnic/racial groups, languages and cultures.


Tribe

Format: Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A multi-disciplinary arts magazine run by international media charity Tribe. Describes itself as “interested in the art of creativity, not the creativity of art“.


Under The Radar

Format: Print | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

The flagship publication of Nine Arches Press, Under The Radar features fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. The magazine was founded in 2008, and the press began publishing chapbooks and pamphlets shortly thereafter.


Valve

Format: Print | Frequency: Unscheduled

A literary journal dedicated to publishing new and experimental work. “Valve will always be a platform for poetry and fiction that doesn’t fit the mould“.


Visionary Tongue

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and artwork. Established in 1995 by Storm Constantine. One of few regular British fantasy magazines.


Volume

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: 2 x Per Year

Publishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Creative magazine concerned with arts, music and fashion. Also publishes material online on the Volume blog.


Wasafiri

Format: Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

Publishes fiction and reviews. Wasafiri has a strong international focus, publishing work with a background in many different cultures.


White Review

Format: Online & Print | Frequency: 4 x Per Year

The White Review publishes material both online and in print, with a focus on fiction and poetry that is “artistically or educationally meritorious”. It also runs an annual competition.


Whatscene

Format: Print | Frequency: 12 x Per Year

A free print publication focussed on life in East London and beyond. Publishes poetry online on its Facebook page, and may possibly feature it in print in the future.


Wildness

Format: Online | Frequency: 6 x Per Year

Seeks to publish poetry, prose, art and photography. A brand new journal, currently seeking submissions for the first edition.


3:AM

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

Publishes fiction, poetry and reviews. 3:AM Magazine publishes a wide variety of work. Its slogan is “Whatever it is, we’re against it”.


404 Ink

Format: Print & Online | Frequency: Unscheduled

A new publication that aims to showcase incredible writing in an exciting and well-designed package. The publisher is funded by Creative Scotland, and has plans to bring out books as well as a literary magazine in the future.

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