Welcome to The Poetry Society submissions page on Submittable


Here, you can submit poems to The Poetry Review magazine, The Poetry Society's quarterly journal first published in 1912. We welcome submissions of unpublished poems and translations of poems, and have a long-standing tradition of publishing new and upcoming, as well as established, poets. All submissions are read by the editor and considered on an equal basis. 

You can also enter a range of Poetry Society competitions, including our quarterly Poetry News competitions. Note, these may be open only to Members of the Society or our regional Stanza groups. Submissions via Submittable are FREE to Poetry Society Members – join here.

Obsidian Foundation is hosting a new poetry Online Retreat specifically for the advancement of Black poets, for which you can apply below. Obsidian Foundation Retreat is Funded by Arts Council, England and receives support in kind from The Poetry Society. 

The Poetry Review, founded in 1912, is the magazine of the Poetry Society, UK, and has a long-standing policy of publishing the very best work by new, up and coming poets, and 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 below, in order to facilitate our response. 

Submission guidelines (for all writers)

  • Submit a maximum of six poems, all in the same document, with page breaks between them. Only one document is allowed per submission.
  • You may submit new poems only when you have a received a decision about your last submission.
  • Only send unpublished work. 
  • Include a cover note stating the titles of the poems you are submitting, your name and email.
  • We do not consider simultaneous submissions, i.e. work that is being considered elsewhere.
  • You may add a brief publication history (but this won’t affect your chances).
  • If you need to withdraw individual poems from consideration, please click on the title of your submission; click on the "Activity" tab; and leave a note detailing which poem(s) should be withdrawn. Please only use the "Withdraw" function if you intend to remove all poems from consideration.

 

Use this form if you are a Member of The Poetry Society (submissions are FREE to Members). If you are NOT a Poetry Society Member please use this form. To join, please visit our website.

The Poetry Review, founded in 1912, is the magazine of the Poetry Society, UK, and has a long-standing policy of publishing the very best work by new, up and coming poets, and 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 below, in order to facilitate our response. 

Submission guidelines (for all writers)

  • Submit a maximum of six poems, all in the same document, with page breaks between them. Only one document is allowed per submission.
  • You may submit new poems only when you have a received a decision about your last submission.
  • Only send unpublished work. 
  • We do not consider simultaneous submissions, i.e. work that is being considered elsewhere.
  • Include a cover note stating the titles of the poems you are submitting, your name and email.
  • You may add a brief publication history (but this won’t affect your chances).
  • If you need to withdraw individual poems from consideration, please click on the title of your submission; click on the "Activity" tab; and leave a note detailing which poem(s) should be withdrawn. Please only use the "Withdraw" function if you intend to remove all poems from consideration 
Use this form if you are NOT a Poetry Society Member. Submissions are FREE to members of The Poetry Society. To join, please visit our website.

Obsidian Foundation, founded in 2020, is a one-week online retreat for fifty black poets of African descent who want to advance their writing practice.

The retreat will be led by five acclaimed black tutors. Participants will be selected by application and are asked to attend three Obsidian retreats over five years, after which they become Obsidian alumni. All submissions are read by the Obsidian team 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 weeks – but please read, and follow, the submission guidelines below, in order to facilitate our response.


  • The Retreat is open to Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage.
  • Submissions are FREE.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old or above.
  • Please submit 3 poems only, all in the same document with page breaks between them. Only one document is allowed per submission.
  • Please submit 300 words describing why the Retreat would support your work.
  • Applicants who are accepted must be available all days of the retreat 30 November – 4th December as well as an opening circle on Sunday evening 29th of November.
  • Applicants who are accepted will be charged a subsidised fee of £50 
  • Ten bursaries will be available to black poets in financial difficulty. Participants will be able to apply for a 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% bursary. These bursaries are limited, so please only apply for one if necessary.

https://obsidianfoundation.co.uk/  

Obsidian Foundation Retreat is Funded by Arts Council, England.

It is supported in kind by The Poetry Society, Poetry London, Magma Poetry Magazine, Granta, The Arvon Foundation and Wasafiri Magazine.

Join us: Twitter @ObsidianFdn I Instagram @obsidianfoundation 

Welcome to the latest Poetry News Members' Poems Competition! Every quarter, we invite Members to submit poems on a theme set by our judge, a professional poet. The six best are published in Poetry News and on our dedicated Members' poems webpage.
Please send no more than two poems. Any additional submissions will be disregarded. Both poems must be unpublished.
Please note this competition is ONLY for Members of The Poetry Society. Visit our website to join.

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