About The North
'Excellent' — The Guardian
'Redressing the balance of English poetry' — Poetry Review
'The North grows in authority with every issue' — Andy Croft
It's intelligent and generous. If you're a lover of good poetry, The North is essential reading.
As a small independent magazine we're in a fortunate position. We don't follow trends, foster political affinities or keep up appearances.
We don't do lots of useful, necessary and boring things and we don't put up with middle-of-the-road ideas.
The most important thing is the quality of the writing.
In each issue of The North:
A lively range of contemporary poetry by new and established writers.
A broad spectrum of book reviews, from mainstream publishers to the smaller presses - sympathetic, rigorous.
Critical articles, conversations with writers, autobiography.
'Blind Criticism': two or three writers put their heads on the block and comment on a poem without knowing who wrote it.
'Poets I Go Back To': writers reveal which poets from the past have most influenced them.
'The Collection': writers talk about books that are important to them.
Plus occasional 'Brief Guides To ...' well known poets (for example, John Killick on Douglas Dunn, Anna Adams on Elizabeth Bishop).
Poets are invited to submit up to six pages of poetry. Postal submissions only. Find the full submission guidelines here.
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