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Magma 2021/22 Poetry Competition

Magma’s 2021/22 poetry competitions are now open for your prize-winning long and short poems. We are very excited to announce that Marvin Thompson is the judge for the Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines and he will be reading all entries – there are no sifters. The Editors’ Prize is judged by…

Magma’s E-Archive is launched!

We’re delighted to announce that Magma’s entire E-Archive is now live. Thanks to the team at Exact editions, our subscribers can now access all issues of the magazine back to Magma 1 in 1994. You will be able to see how Magma developed from a thin black-and-white A5 magazine to its distinctive square format (Magma…

Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 : Winning and Commended Poems

We are delighted to share the winning and commended poems from the Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21! Click on the link below to read the poems: Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 Winning and Commended Poems

Magma 80 — launch event!

  Launch of Magma 80: Avatars! Hosted by the editors with readings from contributors * Fri, 16 July 2021 19:00 – 20:30 BST * Book your free tickets here Hosted by Petra Kamula, Golnoosh Nour and Richard Skinner * With readings from: Charlie Baylis, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Miguel Barretto Garcia, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Matthew Haigh,…

Call for Submission — Magma 82, Obsidian

The 82nd issue of Magma Poetry, edited by Nick Makoha and Gboyega Odubanjo, is in partnership with the Obsidian Foundation and will focus on Black poets. The submissions window for M82: Obsidian is open from 1st July – 31st July 2021. We welcome poems from writers of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and African-American heritage, including…

Magma Poetry 79: Launch II

Sat, May 1, 2021 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST Register here Magma Poetry 79’s second online launch will feature the poets Tishani Doshi, Penelope Shuttle, Natalie Bolderston & more. For accessibility the event will use screen-sharing of poems, and a caption feed. If you have any questions about accessibility, please email The event…

Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 — Winners Announced

Magma Poetry is excited to announce the winners and commended poets for its 2020/21 Poetry Competition for both the Judge’s Prize and the Editors’ Prize. Many thanks to everyone who entered our annual Competition. We received something in the region of 4,000 poems this year, and we are hugely grateful for your continued support of…

Call for Submission — Magma 81, Anthropocene

* The submissions window for ‘Anthropocene’ is open from 1st March – 31st March 2021. We welcome poems that have not been previously published, either in print or online. Up to 4 poems may be sent via Submittable, or by post if you live in the UK. Postal submissions are not acknowledged until a decision…

Winner announced – Magma Open Poetry Pamphlet Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Alexa Winik has won our pamphlet competition, and so pleased that we will be publishing her pamphlet early next year – her debut pamphlet, our second ever.  Our competition judge, Mary Jean Chan, said this about Alexa’s entry: “A worthy winner…Winik’s pamphlet demands equal attention from the reader’s mind…

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