The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2024 | Magazine | Writing Competitions
London Magazine


Competition deadline 31st March 2024

The London Magazine is the UK’s oldest literary magazine, proud to have published some of the biggest names in poetry including Mary Jean Chan, T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Philip Larkin. Now, we are excited to announce the launch of our Poetry Prize 2024.

Established to encourage emerging literary talent, the award provides an opportunity for publication and recognition, as well as rewarding imagination, originality and creativity. The London Magazine is taking submissions for previously previously unpublished poems, no longer than 40 lines. We have no criteria as to theme, form or style but we are looking for fresh and diverse new work. The competition is also open to international entries.

We are delighted to announce that entries will be judged by: Rachel Long, Kathryn Bevis, and Declan Ryan.

All three prize winners will appear in The London Magazine. Prize winners will also receive cash prizes (see below), and will be celebrated at a prize-giving event in late spring.

Entry fee: £10 per poem

Subsequent entries: £5 per poem

Student entry: £5 per poem
(There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. Students must use a university email address – or similar – to enter with student fee).

Low income writer: £5 entry
(Writers receiving benefits may send up to three poems in one document under this option, but to be eligible please also attach a document proving that you are in receipt of benefits).

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200

The winning poems will be published in future issues of The London Magazine and there will be an award ceremony held in London for the winners. Please enter your poems through the link here.

Terms and Conditions


  • If submitting by any means other than Submittable, please include a completed entry form.
  • All entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, nor have won or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd,, runner up etc) in any other competition.
  • It is advised that you should read a copy of The London Magazine before entering to familiarise yourself with the style of writing we are looking for.
  • There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.
  • Submissions can be written on any subject or theme.
  • The competitions are open worldwide unless stated otherwise.
  • Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
  • Short stories can be up to 2,500 words in length (no flash fiction). The title is not included in the word count.
  • Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. The title is not included in the word count. Essays should not be academic essays.
  • The London Magazine will have the unrestricted right to publish winning submissions (including runners up) in the magazine and online. 

Submission Details

Entry Format

  • Entries must be in English.
  • The filename of email entries must be the author followed by the title of the story. It must be either a .doc, .docx, pdf or .txt file.
  • Entries must be labelled clearly with your name, address and email address on the front page.
  • No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
  • Entries should be typed in a standard font (Times New Roman suggested), 12pt font and left justified.

Payment details

  • Fees are payable by PayPal, credit/debit card, cheque or postal order.
  • Cheques must be in pounds and should be payable to The London Magazine with your name and address on the back.
  • Credit card payments can be accepted by telephone.
  • Receipt of entry will be received by email regardless of the manner of sending.
  • If you are paying under a different name, please notify us.


  • The winning entries will be notified by email or post.
  • We will do our best to respond to every entry.

See here for further information.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get all of the latest from delivered directly to your inbox.

Featured books