Birmingham City Council

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

Angelic Dynamo
is based at Warwick University.
Editor: Alexander Freer,
Warwick University

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.

Cannon's Mouth
Editor: Greg Cox
22 Margaret Grove
B17 9JH

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.

*Due to the extended closure of Midland Arts Centre, from April 2008 we will be meeting at Moseley Community Development Trust, The Post Office Building, 149-153, Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP.

The Coffee House
Editor: Deborah Tyler-Bennett
Charnwood Arts
31 Granby Street
LE11 3DU

It can be viewed online at the Poetry Library archive
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,
Room QU223,
Francis Close Hall,
University of Gloucestershire,
Swindon Road,
GL50 4AZ

Iota contains poems and reviews.
Alongside Iota the editors also run the Ragged Raven Press: which publishes anthologies and collections by individual poets. Ragged Raven Press organise workshops designed to help poets understand the process of small press publishing.

Monkey Kettle
Editor: Matthew M Taylor
Monkey Kettle Magazine
PO Box 4616
Kiln Farm
Milton Keynes
MK12 6XZ

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
Flarestack Publishing
41 Buckley's Green
B48 7NG

It can be viewed online at the Poetry Librarys archive
Doesn't want safe predictable poems but poems that fly. Along with Obsessed with Pipework, Flarestack Publishing produces pamphlet collections from individual poets.

Poetic Hours
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
Feather Books
PO Box 438

An ecumenical Christian poetry magazine, and has a pastoral role as well as a literary one.

Purple Patch
Editor: Geoff Steven
25 Griffiths Road
West Bromwich
B71 2EH

All types of poetry are considered. But poems more than a page in length stand less chance of selection, as does intrusive rhyme.

Raw Edge
Editor: Dave Reeves
Raw Edge Magazine
PO Box 4867
B3 3HD

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
West Midlands
WS10 9AG

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)
Poetry Now
Poetry Review

There are other art literary and critical magazines which carry poetry:-

Critical Quarterly
Hudson Review
London Magazine

Magazines now out of print which we have available showing first publications of seminal modern poets from the 60s, 70s and earlier:-

Line Review
Little Word Magazine
New Road
Poetry London (1st series)
Poetry Wales

There are comprehensive listings of current magazines on the internet:- and

Please note We are not responsible for the content of other organisations' websites.