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 We welcome submissions of unpublished poems and translations of poems, and have a long-standing tradition of publishing new and upcoming, as well as established, poets.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.

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  • Only send unpublished work.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click on the title of your submission; click on the "Activity" tab; and leave a note detailing which poem(s) should be withdrawn.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. 

Please note, we make a small charge for submissions via Submittable to non-members of The Poetry Society, equivalent to the cost of print and postage. This helps us to run an efficient system that provides the best service to submitters. It is possible to send poems without charge via post – see The Poetry Society website. 

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.

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.

The autumn 2022 competition is on the theme of 'All our houses' and will be judged by Alison Brackenbury. The line is a quotation from a poem in her recent collection, Thorpeness, but as Alison notes, ‘behind it, of course lies Shakespeare, with Mercutio’s furious dying cry “A plague on both your houses”. Poets may, of course, interpret this theme as freely as they wish!’

Alison takes her rightful place in a long line of rural poets who bring England alive in forms and rhythms of renewal. Her most recent collection, Thorpeness, was published by Carcanet in February 2022. Her work has been awarded an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors and her poems have been stalwarts in Britain’s major poetry journals for over forty years. Alison contributes regularly to Radio 4’s arts programme, Front Row, for which she was recently interviewed, by Samira Ahmed, about Thorpeness.

  • The deadline for entries is 1 August 2022; poems must be unpublished as of end of September 2022.  
  • Please send no more than two poems; any additional submissions will be disregarded. Both poems must be unpublished. Please only add your membership number to your poem files, not your name and address.
  • Note, this competition is ONLY for Members of The Poetry Society; if you're not a member, we're sorry to say your entry cannot be considered as our quarterly competitions are a benefit of membership. To find out about how you can join, please visit our website.


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