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The poetry magazine with a different editor every issue

Magma Poetry is a registered charity, number 1141075

Our Mission Statement

Magma is unique in that each issue has a different theme and different editors. The editorship circulates among the group that runs the magazine, with frequent guest editors. This allows us greater diversity of editorship, opportunities for mentoring new editors and publication of a very wide range of work.

These themes aim to speak back to the world through the best in contemporary poetry, housing established poets alongside new or little-known names. We present poems which value experimentation, ambition, and craft. Alongside poetry we include reviews of current publications and thought-provoking prose.

We are committed to being a part of a truly inclusive world of poetry and understand the power of language in helping to explore, study and question the realities we live in. Our aim is to present, through poetry, the many ways that we live and create today.

Magma is published three times a year in spring, summer and winter. Views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of the Magma Board. Copyright remains with the individual authors.


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What makes Magma unique?

Like all the best poetry, Magma is always surprising. Every issue of Magma has a different editor, either members of our board or a prominent poet acting as a guest editor. It’s that fresh eye in each issue which gives Magma its unique variety.

What kind of poetry can I expect to see in Magma?

Our aim is to promote the very best in contemporary poetry. Poetry that’s alert to the world we live
in, that’s honest and above all, unexpected. It may come from previously unpublished or emerging poets or the more established. We make a point of including unknown poets alongside known names, and we’ve published Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Al Alvarez, Wendy Cope, George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, John Burnside and Mark Doty among many others.

What else can I expect to find in each Magma issue?

Every issue includes a surprising variety of content. There’ll be prose features, articles as well as reviews, and each with the individuality made possible by our changing editors. The features include:

  • Inspired: We ask poets to write poems for Magma inspired by favourite poems.
  • Selected: Highlights the work of an up-and-coming poet with a selection of their work.
  • Poetry in Practice: Helpful and entertaining advice on writing from established poets.
  • Reviews: Recent collections of contemporary poetry are reviewed in each issue.
  • The Best Poetry: By established and up-and-coming new writers.

Where else can I find Magma?

Many of the poets appearing in an issue are invited to read alongside guest poets at Magma Launch Nights. Magma appears regularly in Road-Show Events at poetry festivals where we stage readings, workshops and sessions during which editors explain their different approaches.

Magma publishes three issues a year — Spring, Summer and Winter

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Copyright in the content of this website is held by Magma Poetry, with the exception of copyright in individual poems, articles and recordings, which remains with the author.

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