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This month’s Lit Mag Spotlight is shining on a very old, very renowned journal from England: The London Magazine. Dating back to 1732 (Yes! 1732!!), The London Magazine strives to be a home for the best writing and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape. Enjoy!

CONTEST: Leave a comment on this blog post by November 27 to enter to win a six-month subscription to The London Magazine. You’ll also gain complete access to their website as well as the ability to view past issues of The London Magazine dating back to 2010! This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Gin! Thank you to all who participated.

Give us the lowdown on your journal’s mission.

 To publish the best English-language poetry, short fiction, essays, and reviews.

Describe your ideal submission in 15 words or less.

Tight, startling, daring writing that is alive to the wonder of language.

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Tell us about a piece you recently published that got the staff really excited. Why did you love it? Why did it strike a chord?

Robert Wilton’s essay on Albania’s WWI experience. It is an almost forgotten campaign and the essay is full of vivacity.

Regarding submissions: What’s the most common turnoff that you encounter (in terms of craft)?

Woolly, overlong poetry and poorly constructed, unimaginative short fiction.

What’s the most common oversight (in terms of submission guidelines)?

Not reading the guidelines closely.

Why is your journal awesome? 

Its lineage and heritage are nonpareils which hold us to account to publish keen and sharp writing.

Where can readers find your submission guidelines?

All the information can be found on our website.

Freeform. What else would you like to say?

The London Magazine is at the centre of British cultural and literary life. Read it and astound your friends.

Check out The London Magazine on Twitter and Facebook!

P.S. The London Magazine will be offering a 10% discount on 6-month and 1-year subscriptions available through their website on December 1. Keep an eye out for it!

CONTEST: Leave a comment on this blog post by November 27 to enter to win a six-month subscription to The London Magazine. You’ll also gain complete access to their website as well as the ability to view past issues of The London Magazine dating back to 2010! This contest is now closed.

8 Comments

  1. Nat Newman

    Loved Lane Ashfeldt’s SaltWater from the Feb/March issue of London Magazine. I always read what’s available online – consistently great.

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  2. Evalyn

    I have been reading London Magazine for years — I still remember the first line of a short story that amazed me years ago, it began: “She wasn’t the worst cook in the world, but she was certainly the slowest.” It was a story of a woman losing her mind while cooking for her family. It was wonderful!

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  3. Sunni Morris

    1732 Really? That’s impressive. I love looking at the London Newspaper Archive. I’ll have to check out this magazine.

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  4. marcela

    I found out about the london magazine by Polly Samson and it was a wonderful discovery.

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  5. Gin

    I’ve been trying to find copies of this magazine in my university library, but had no luck yet – really interested to read this still!

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  6. Gargi

    I’d heard a lot about this magazine but hadnt read it. Have purchased a recent issue and going through it now.

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  7. Livia

    I am searching for a good British literary journal. And The London Magazine really caught my eyes. It has a long and prestigious tradition. And now I know it publics also essays on history I am even more tempted!

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  8. Darren Manning

    I’ve been reading London Magazine for nearly 5 years, great articles and great stories. I absolutely love the writers.

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