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About Magma

Magma is different from other poetry magazines because each issue has a different editor. The editorship circulates among the group that runs the magazine, with an occasional guest editor. Each editor brings their particular interests, resulting in poems and emphases that no-one else in the group could have predicted.  This also means that poets probably have more chance of being published in Magma than other comparable magazines because different editors have a wider range of tastes than individual ones.

The Magma group is united by its commitment to the best in contemporary poetry, by new or little-known poets and the more established. We look for poems which give a direct sense of what it is to live today – honest about feelings, alert about the world, sometimes funny, always well-crafted.

Magma includes reviews of new poetry collections and thought-provoking prose including regular features such as Presiding Spirits when a well-known poet writes a new poem in response to a poem of the past and is interviewed about it, and Poetry in Practice about the craft of writing poetry.

We publish three times a year on paper and on Kindle in spring, summer and winter, with a selection of poems and articles on our website at www.magmapoetry.com


Online at www.magmapoetry.com/buy-magma or by post to Helen Nicholson, Magna Distribution, Flat 2, 86 St James’s Drive, London SW17 7RR.  Cheques payable to Magma. 

Subscription rates:

One year
UK & Ireland
Rest of Europe
(3 issues)
Rest of World     

Single copy UK & Ireland £8.60
inc. p&p Rest of Europe £11.00
Rest of World


You are welcome to send us unpublished poems (maximum six per issue) by email, or if you live in the UK, by post with a stamped addressed envelope. Postal contributions from outside the UK are not accepted unless the return envelope has sufficient UK stamps.  All contributions by email are acknowledged on receipt. Postal submissions are not acknowledged until a decision is made.

Deadlines are the end of February, end of June and end of October. Poems are considered for one issue only. Email poems should be in the body of the email, unless they are layout-sensitive when all the poems should be included in a single attached file.

Contributions by email to: [email protected]
or by post to: Magma Contributions, 23 Pine Walk, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4ES.

Other correspondence as above or to: [email protected]

Books for review must be sent to our Reviews Editor, Rob A Mackenzie, 30 Lochend Road, Leith, EH6 8BS