There are a plethora of magazines publishing poetry in the UK, but not all of them will pay you for your efforts. Here are five UK-based publications that will pay you to publish your poetry.

All details correct as of May 2020.


Mslexia is the magazine for women who write. Published quarterly, the publication has no less than 14 open submission slots, including fiction, poetry and journalism.

Payment: £25 per poem

Find out more here.


Neon is one of the most long-running independent literary magazines in the UK.


Are your poems sprinkled with science fiction?

Neon sits on the edge of horror and science-fiction, but with strong literary leanings. The team prefers darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative, but say they are open to anything and like to be surprised. There is no set word limit.

Payment: Unspecified ‘small royalty payment’
Find out more here.

New Welsh Review

Wales’s foremost literary magazine in English.

Poetry submissions should consist of not more than six previously unpublished poems. Poems must be typed and single-sided. There are separate opportunities for poems to be included in poetry showcase videos, but these are generally selected via the main submissions procedure.

Payment: £28 for each poem, upon publication

Find out more here.

Poetry Wales


Calling all Welsh poets!

Poetry Wales seeks to celebrate the wide range of writing that is happening across Wales and beyond, and welcome submissions from everyone.

Writers are invited to send six poems.

Payment: £20 a page
Find out more here.

The Rialto

The Rialto is the UK’s leading independent poetry magazine and a publisher of award-winning first collections.

The Rialto features work from international names alongside established writers or poets at the beginning of their careers.

Payment: £20 per poem on publication
Find out more here.

Have you had any success with any of the above publications? Are there any you feel deserve a mention? Let us know in the comments!

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