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Call for Contributions: Magma 70 on the theme of Europe

** The submissions window for ‘Europe’ will be open from July 1st until August 31st 2017 **

  1. Europe. Whether it derives from the name of a Phoenician princess, a queen of Crete or a proto-Indo-European word meaning ‘darkness’, the term Europe has been used to define a geographical region since at least the 6th century BC. Is it merely Bismarck’s ‘geographical expression’? Does it stretch to the Urals? Or the North African coast? Historical, sociological, cartographical, cultural – we’re open to explorers.
  2. Is it sun, sex and sangria? Does Europe always mean tourism for you, or does it represent something less pleasurable? The memory of a first encounter, love and loss? Something foreign, once exotic, now not? We’re looking for travelogue poems that travel further than the place itself, poems as homestay, language exchange, gap year or warm retirement.
  3. Or is your Europe about Brussels and Brexit? Leave and remain? Free movement and precarious citizenship rights? Is Europe an ideology, philosophy, science or way of thinking? We encourage political poems, but don’t overegg the Brexit pudding – new poems will have to be brilliant, shock or surprise.
  4. We’re particularly keen to see experimentation with form and creative uses of prosody, and for poets to engage with long-standing European poetic traditions and poetic games. Imagine the poem as island-hopping or back-packing – how would it look on the page?
  5. Who is Europe to you? Is Europe Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Napoleon? Or is it embodied in modern celebrity: Zinedine Zidane, Julio Iglesias, Raymond Blanc, Sandi Toksvig or Carla Bruni?
  6. What do you see? Plates smashing or bulls running? Concrete coastlines or pristine estuaries? Traditional dress and medieval tradition, or Zara and H&M at every corner?
  7. We are happy to hear about the Hermitage and the Prado, but we also want to read about the unknown place, the minor monument, the strange fountain or park that holds a place in your heart. Is it a foreign field, a war memorial, a lieu de mémoire?
  8. We’re especially interested in reading your English translations of European poets and encouraging new poems that play with bi-, tri- or multilingual elements, or that mix in foreign vocabulary. Who do you become when you learn to speak a foreign language? Can you write a hommage to a favourite word in Finnish or Czech, or use it as the beginning of a journey?
  9. What does Europe taste like? Vodka or Guinness? Tapas or tripe? Your food experiences may help you cook up a culinary poem taste sensation. We’d like to see the poem as dégustation or last orders.
  10. Is there a poetry collection that affects you? From Rilke to Rimbaud, Lorca to Cavafy, we’d love to see conversations with a poem by a European poet (Miłosz’ ‘Child of Europe’) or with a poem on Europe by a British poet (John Greening’s corona of sonnets ‘Europa’). See PN Review 235 for Anthony Rudolf’s 16-city grand tour of Europe in his poem ‘European Hours’, a poem for Paula Rego.
  11. You might also explore poets and their relationship with Europe: Keats and Pound in Italy, Auden and MacNeice in Iceland, Hughes and Plath in Spain, Eliot in Switzerland.
  12. Finally, how is Britain, its peoples, languages and cultures European? How do we contribute to the idea of Europe?

We all think we know what Europe means. Show us what Europe means to you.

Send us up to four poems, preferably via Submittable online.

Susannah Hart and Paul Stephenson, Editors, Magma 70

Magma 69: The Deaf Issue

The submissions window for Magma 69, The Deaf Issue, edited by Lisa Kelly and Raymond Antrobus, is now closed.  The editors are currently making their final selection of poems and all poets will be contacted as soon as possible.  The issue is due to launch this winter.

Magma 68: Margins

Magma 68: Margins will launch on Friday 28th July. Join us for the launch from 7pm at London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2JL.
Readers on the night include Louisa Archer, Kathleen Bainbridge, Lisa Fannen, Louise Peterkin, Patrick Roberts and more…
Entry is free, but you must to register via Eventbrite to guarantee entry.


General contribution information

We welcome poems that have not been previously published, either in print or online. Poems may be sent via Submittable or by post if you live in the UK. Postal submissions are not acknowledged until a decision is made.

Contribution deadlines for the three issues are the end of January, March and September. Poems are considered for one issue only. We write to contributors as soon as a decision is made. As Magma receives a very large number of poems, we cannot consider more than 4 poems per poet per issue which must be sent in a single email or postal submission.

See About Magma and the Magma Archive to gain an idea of the type of work we accept.

Magma has moved all its submissions online to Submittable. Submissions will no longer be read if sent to our Magma email address. If you don’t have an account, you can create a new one easily in a couple of minutes. We accept contributions by post from the UK only, addressed to:

Laurie Smith,
Magma Contributions
23 Pine Walk

Postal contributions must be accompanied by an s.a.e. The writer’s name must appear on each page.

Poems published in the magazine may also be published on this website and as a PDF version for Exact Editions. Poems remain the copyright of their author. Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which they appear and and can purchase further copies at a discount. They may also be invited to read at the issue’s launch reading.



We review books and pamphlets of poetry in the magazine, on our blog and in our e-newsletters. We regret that only poetry by living authors can be reviewed, although new translations of poetry of the past can be considered. Books and pamphlets for review must be sent to our reviews editor:

Rob A Mackenzie
30 Lochend Road


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