Submitting your work to The North

We are now accepting submissions for The North 66 (Summer 2021 issue). Please note that we are currently only accepting online submissions via the portal below.

Poets are invited to submit up to six pages of poetry for consideration. We have two submission windows per year. Details of these will be posted on this page.

We receive many submissions to The North magazine, and can generally only publish approximately 10% of the submissions we receive. There are no restrictions on subject matter or style, but as a magazine of contemporary poetry, we look for energy, imagination and technique.

At the moment we are only accepting online submissions of poetry for The North. Please note that unless you hear from us within 8 weeks, you may consider the poems available to be published elsewhere. We will only contact you if we decide to publish you work.

Submission Details

  • You can submit your work via the online portal below.
  • You may send up to six poems for consideration in a single document. Accepted formats include Microsoft Word, PDF, Text Edit, and Apple Pages. This document is the only thing that will be passed on to the editors, so please include your ‘cover letter’ as the first page. (This means your document will be more than six pages in total.)
  • Please include your name, postal address and email address on every page.
  • We encourage anyone considering submitting work to The North to read the current issue, or one of our back issues to get an idea of the kind of work that we publish. These can be purchased from our shop

Submitting Work to Smith|Doorstop

The Poetry Business resolves to discover new and exciting poetry to showcase and publish. Unfortunately we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, however we do advertise open calls for submissions to guest-edited anthologies. Please check this page for details of any upcoming anthology publication opportunities.

Eight of our titles each year are by winners of our International Book & Pamphlet Competition winners, and the New Poets Prize. Entering our competitions is one of the best routes to publication under one of our imprints. The competitions open for entries on 1st October each year. Please see here for details of how to enter the International Book & Pamphlet Competition, and here to find out how to enter the New Poets.