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The London Magazine

About The London Magazine

The London Magazine - cover pageFrom the 1700s until the present day, The London Magazine has played a vital role in the literary world.

First founded in 1732, The London Magazine appeared for 53 years as a counterbalance to The Gentleman’s Magazine. Re-launched in 1820 under John Scott’s editorship, The London Magazine championed the work of Wordsworth, Lamb, De Quincey and Clare, as well as the ‘Cockney School’ of poets. Welcoming the publication under John Lehmann’s editorship, T.S. Eliot saw it as ‘the magazine which will boldly assume the existence of a public interested in serious literature’.

Today The London Magazine continues to present the finest writers, artists and commentators working in London and farther afield. Nobel Prize winners and unpublished writers, renowned artists and neglected poets have graced the pages of The London Magazine.

Our most recent issues have included such writers as Nicholas Royle, Penelope Shuttle, Anne Stewart, Tim Turnbull, Trevor Hoyle, Annie Freud, Roddy Lumsden, Graham Buchan, Leah Fritz, John Hartley Williams, Todd Swift, Martyn Crucefix, Tim Cumming, Dalgit Nagra, Andy Brown, Neil Curry and many more…

Consistently on the pulse of the literary scene, The London Magazine is a meeting place for the day’s greatest minds. 

Subscriptions, Renewals and Enquiries 

The London Magazine
11 Queen's Gate

Subscription rates:

Six months/ 3 issues.
UK Europe Rest of the world
£17 £20 £25


We publish literary writing of the highest quality. We look for poetry and short fiction that startles and entertains us. We are obviously interested in writing that has a London focus, but not exclusively so, since London is a world city with international concerns.

Reviews, essays, memoir pieces and features should be erudite, lucid and incisive.

Please look at The London Magazine before you submit work, so that you can see the type of material we publish.

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

Short fiction should address mature and sophisticated themes. Moreover, it should have an elegance of style, structure and characterisation. We do not normally publish science fiction or fantasy writing, or erotica.

We will consider short stories of up to 4,000 words in length.

Abstraction is the enemy of good poetry. 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. We do not normally publish long, loose poems.

Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.

Due to the volume of submissions, it may take some time before you receive a response. We do read and reply to every submission.

Email submissions should be sent to:

[email protected]

Please paste the artefact into the body of the message as well as attaching the file.

Postal submissions should be sent to:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5EL

Please enclose a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope or international reply coupons for the return of the manuscript.



Current Editor
Steve O'Brien

Assistant Editor
Sophie Bradford

Dr Burhan Al-Chalabi

Contact address
11 Queen's Gate

Tel (0)207 584 5977
Fax (0)20 7225 3273

[email protected]