Carol Ann Duffy, the Guardian

The North is a literary magazine published twice a year by The Poetry Business, and is essential reading for anyone who loves contemporary poetry. Each issue includes: a lively range of international poetry by new and established writers, book reviews from mainstream publishers to smaller presses; critical articles; conversations with writers; and features such as ‘Poets I Go Back To…’ and our celebrated ‘Blind Criticism’ close-readings. 


We have back issues of The North Magazine available to buy from our bookshop


The Poetry Business publishes two issues of The North magazine each year, a summer issue and a winter issue. One year subscriptions are £18 (or £24 for overseas subscribers). Two year subscriptions cost £36 (or £48 for overseas subscribers).


Submissions for Issue 68 (Summer 2022) now closed, and we’re enjoying reading your work.

Please note that unless you hear from us within 10 weeks, you may consider the poems available to be published elsewhere. We will contact you if we would like to publish your work, and regret that we cannot always offer specific rejections or feedback.

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.

Submissions for Issue 69 (Winter 2022) will open in September.


We accept print ads and inserts in The North magazine, and are also happy to discuss in-kind marketing swaps with relevant organisations. To receive our rate card or propose a swap, please contact: office@poetrybusiness.co.uk