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Advertising in The North

The North magazine publishes the best contemporary poetry, reviews, articles, and features including ‘Poets I Go Back To’ and ‘Blind Criticism’.

Established in 1985, The North was the first to showcase poets such as Simon Armitage and Ian McMillan, and two previous winners of the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem were first published in the magazine.

Accessible and high quality, The North is “excellent”, according to The Guardian, and, in the words of Poetry Review, “redresses the balance of English poetry”.

Published twice a year, The North magazine has a print run of 1,000. 

There are currently 500 subscribers, including several UK universities and libraries, the Saison Poetry Library, and the New York Public Library. The North is also stocked in selected bookshops, including branches of Waterstones, Foyles and Blackwell's.

10% of North subscribers are based in countries outside the UK, including Ireland (23.5%), the USA (17.6%), France (11.8%), New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Singpore, Turkey, Thailand, Lebanon and Australia.


Who reads The North?

According to the results of a recent survey...

98% of subscribers to The North are poets.

They are highly educated, with 92% having attained university degrees (62% with postgraduate degrees). 

They are financially comfortable, with 45% earning more than £35,000 a year, and 23% earning more than £50,000. 

And they’re mature, with 74% over the age of 50.

North readers value arts and culture, and attend poetry readings (93.9%), festivals (73%), art galleries (99%), the theatre (97%), the cinema (82.9%) and literary conferences (46.8%).

They buy books, including poetry (99%), fiction (96%) and non-fiction (100%), as well as magazines (91.7%) and stationery (97.9%).

14% don't read any poetry magazines other than The North.

Many North subscribers spend over £1,000 a year on travel (42.3%) and hotel stays (14.9%). And for entertainment, 23.7% spend £200-500 a year on the theatre, and 38.1% spend up to £200 on cinema.



Inserts — £180 + VAT for 1,000 inserts

Full page, mono (180x180mm) — £250 + VAT

1/2 page, mono — £150 + VAT

1/4 page, mono — £80 + VAT

Inside back cover, mono — £280 + VAT

A 25% discount is available for a block booking of two or more issues; and we're keen to discuss 'swaps' with other literary magazines.


Contact us

To book ad space in The North, contact our business manager at katherine.sansom [at]



Advertising on the website

The new Poetry Business website is a combined ecommerce and social networking site, with 'website membership' and members-only content.

678px x 215px advertising space is available to hire in the slideshow on the site's home page. This will be limited to no more than a single advertiser at a time.




The Poetry Business is currently seeking a sponsor for its annual Book & Pamphlet Competition.

Established in 1986, the Book & Pamphlet Competition is a firmly established and highly regarded event in the literary calendar, and there is now an opportunity for the right organisation to get involved. 

Marketing of the competition includes the distribution of 60,000 flyers in magazines, libraries and venues and via direct mailings, as well as a strong online marketing campaign and targeted use of social media. Contact us to request a copy of the sponsorship proposal document.

We are also happy to discuss sponsorship of events and courses, and are open to negotiating on terms. 



Contact us

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