Poetry Review submissions guidelines

Poetry Review welcomes submissions of unpublished poems and ‘literary’ translations of poems. These must be typed and sent as paper copies (not by email) to: Poetry Review, Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX.

We have a policy of publishing work by new and upcoming poets as well as that of established poets. All submissions are read by the editor and considered on an equal basis. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot offer any individual criticism. Our aim is to accept or reject work within three months – but please read, and follow, the submission guidelines in order to facilitate our response.

(left: Maurice Riordan, Editor of Poetry Review. Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld)


Submission guidelines (for all writers)

Send a maximum of six poems to be considered for an issue.

Only send unpublished work.

We do not consider simultaneous submissions, i.e. work that is being considered elsewhere.

Poems should be typed – and on one side of the page.

Please put your name and address at the foot of each page, as this helps us keep track.

Include a cover note containing your address and email. You may add a brief publication history (but this won’t affect your chances).

If you are submitting from outside the UK:

Please submit your work via Submittable. There are separate options for members and non-members of the Poetry Society: https://thepoetrysociety.submittable.com/submit 

If you are submitting from the UK:

• For the time being, poets submitting from the UK must send work by post to the address above, including a stamped SAE for a response. We are happy to return your work but include sufficient postage if you want us to do so.

Poetry Review receives many thousands of poems of which we print only a fraction. So don’t be discouraged by a rejection from us. You will find an extensive list of other poetry magazines to try on the Poetry Library website [see link below].

Trustees and staff of the Poetry Society may not submit material for publication in Poetry Review.

If you have a query about submitting work to Poetry Review, contact Sophie Kirk at [email protected]

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