For our purposes a long poem is anything over 75 lines, including sequences.


The next submissions window is June 2014

We recommend that you read the magazine before submitting

Submission Guidelines

  • 2 poems maximum 

  • There must be at least 75 lines of poetry (excluding line spaces)

  • Poems must be unpublished - although we will take an entire sequence where parts have been previously published

  • Ensure your poems are saved as .doc files - please ensure that if you have windows 2007 you save your file as windows 2003 as we cannot open files with .docx 
  • PLEASE NOTE -Put your name and poem title on each page of your document -and save in your own name as something like joebloggs. Happy Days doc NOT longpoem.doc or submission.doc
  • email to    mail AT longpoemmagazine DOT org DOT uk   as doc files - we do not accept paper submissions or submissions sent in the body of an email
  • Only submit in the submission season - poems sent outside this time will not be kept

  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions

    The spirit of 'long' is probably more important than length  - by which we don't mean it doesn't have to be long - but it also needs substance. 

    Mimi Khalvati writes: The long poem is as much a space in which to flex one's muscles, grapple with problems, identify weaknesses, as it is to mine rich seams, give sway to obsessions and vent to narrative.

    Ask - is your poem ambitious - does it have a 'big' heart?

    LPM editors read all submissions