Poetry Magazines in the West Midlands
This is an annotated list showing the range and diversity of poetry magazines being published in the Midlands. Some may arguably fall just outside the Midlands area but many different subjects and styles are in evidence. Before deciding to submit your work to a particular magazine we reccommend that you read it first to see if it is appropriate.
A sample copy of each magazine is on the Poetry Stand, which is located in the Arts, Languages and Literature section on Floor 3 of Birmingham Central Library. Submission guidelines and subscription costs for each are in the poetry folder at the enquiry counter. Our intention is to be as inclusive as possible, but if you feel that a magazine has been left out then please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
is based at Warwick University.
Editor: Alexander Freer,
The magazine is composed of submitted poems, but there is a twist: the submitted poems are shortlisted and then displayed on the website. Here, the reading public vote on the best poems for the month, and the winning poems are published in the magazine.
Editor: Greg Cox
22 Margaret Grove
Cannon's Mouth is the magazine of the Cannon Poets who meet at the MAC* every month and are the longest running poetry group in Birmingham.
The majority of submissions published are from members of the group, although the editor has the discretion to publish other material if submitted.
The Coffee House
Editor: Deborah Tyler-Bennett
31 Granby Street
It can be viewed online at the Poetry Library archive www.poetrymagazines.org.uk
Is a meeting place for the arts, and accepts artwork stories and poems. Can be traditional or experimental, but there is a demand for good quality.
Editor: Nigel McLoughlin,
Editorial Board, iota,
Francis Close Hall,
University of Gloucestershire,
Iota contains poems and reviews.
Alongside Iota the editors also run the Ragged Raven Press: www.raggedraven.co.uk which publishes anthologies and collections by individual poets. Ragged Raven Press organise workshops designed to help poets understand the process of small press publishing.
Editor: Matthew M Taylor
Monkey Kettle Magazine
PO Box 4616
A poetry and creative writing magazine based in Milton Keynes. There is a preference for the funny, surreal, dark, poignant and political.
Obsessed with Pipework
Editor: Charles Johnson
41 Buckley's Green
It can be viewed online at the Poetry Librarys archive www.poetrymagazines.org.uk
Doesn't want safe predictable poems but poems that fly. Along with Obsessed with Pipework, Flarestack Publishing produces pamphlet collections from individual poets.
Editor: Nick Clark
43 Willow Road
Poetic Hours is a magazine which publishes poetry and articles on poetry to raise money for various charities and is suitable for amateur poets who want to see their work in print.
The Poetry Church
Editor Revd John Waddington-Feather
PO Box 438
An ecumenical Christian poetry magazine, and has a pastoral role as well as a literary one.
Editor: Geoff Steven
25 Griffiths Road
All types of poetry are considered. But poems more than a page in length stand less chance of selection, as does intrusive rhyme.
Editor: Dave Reeves
Raw Edge Magazine
PO Box 4867
Seeks to publish the best Poetry and fiction writing from the West Midlands. Also includes news and comment and has good listings for local writing events. Raw Edge is available free from libraries and arts centres. Back issues are kept in Archives and Heritage Service on Floor 6 of Birmingham Central Library.
Read the Music
Editor: Brendan Hawthorne
20 Wharfedale Street
Published by Poetry Wednesbury. Contains poetry, artwork and articles all on a musical theme. The musical subject can be of any form and from any era.
Editors: Wayne Burrows,
114 - 116 St Stephen's Road,
Staple welcomes poetry short fiction and articles.
The Arts, Languages and Literature section on Floor 3 of Birmingham Central Library also has the following poetry magazines:-
Poetry (a very good American magazine)
There are other art literary and critical magazines which carry poetry:-
Magazines now out of print which we have available showing first publications of seminal modern poets from the 60s, 70s and earlier:-
Little Word Magazine
Poetry London (1st series)
There are comprehensive listings of current magazines on the internet:-
www.poetrykit.org/magsatok.htm and www.poetrylibrary.org.uk