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 £22 (or £28 for overseas subscribers). Two year subscriptions cost £44 (or £56 for overseas subscribers). We also offer a digital subscriptions – one year digital subscription is £16, and a two year digital subscription is £32. If you would like to move to a digital subscription from a print subscription, please email office@poetrybusiness.co.uk.


Submissions are currently closed. Visit our submissions page for further information.

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.


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