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The first editors of Oxford Poetry, publishing work from 1910-13, restricted themselves to the poetic output of students at Oxford University. The earliest editions collected work from future heavyweights of fiction, such as Aldous Huxley, Robert Graves, Dorothy Sayers and Graham Greene. Fledgling poets, too, have taken off in Oxford Poetry – Auden, Day-Lewis and MacNeice in the 1920s; Donald Hall, Geoffrey Hill and John Fuller thirty years later; and, more recently, Bernard O’Donoghue and Andrew Motion.

Mick Imlah restarted the magazine in the 1980s and it was soon transformed from an anthology of student poetry into “one of the best small magazines in the country”, in the words of Tom Paulin. The new magazine included poems from writers outside the university, interviews with national poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage, and reviews of new collections.

Whilst a link with writing in Oxford is still maintained, the current editors have also looked further afield, to writers working in English from around the globe: poems by Yusef Komunyakaa in the USA and Les Murray from Australia feature in a 2009 issue.

Oxford Poetry has its place in poetic history: we hope you enjoy the archive of issues on the Poetry Library website, and further historical information available on OP's website. If you would like to subscribe, or if you are considering submitting work, please read the details below.

Oxford Poetry is published twice a year. You can subscribe online via PayPal or by credit/debit card, by visiting our website (www.oxfordpoetry.co.uk). We also accept cheques made out in the name of Oxford Poetry and posted to Oxford Poetry, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU, UK.  

Subscription rates:

One year subscription
(2 issues
inc. delivery)







Single copies
and back issues
Available from £7


The editors welcome unsolicited poetry in English that is original and not published elsewhere either in print or on-line. We also accept original and unpublished translations of published work in foreign languages.

Please familiarise yourself with the magazine. However, there is no pre-determined house style, and there are no formal requirements or restrictions. Unlike many other magazines, we are keen to read longer, narrative poetry as well as lyric.

We consider up to 4 submissions for any individual issue. The deadline is given on our website at www.oxfordpoetry.co.uk/submit.php. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you inform us if your poem is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We prefer submissions by email, either as .pdf, .doc or .rtf files. Paper submissions should be posted to Oxford Poetry, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU, UK.

Oxford Poetry is edited by Hamid Khanbhai and Tom Richards. After the submissions deadline for a particular issue, all the poems are anonymised and read with care before selection. The editors will respond to everyone who has submitted by email, and to anyone who has submitted by post including an s.a.e, within a reasonable time after the submissions deadline.

Due to the considerable amount of material we receive, you may have to wait up to two months after the submissions deadline for a reply. Please also note that, unfortunately, we are unable to give any feedback on your work.



Hamid Khanbhai and Tom Richards

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Oxford Poetry, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU, UK


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