UPDATE 2ND MARCH 2019: ‘A Guide to Getting Published in UK Poetry Magazines’ has sold out… there may well be an expanded & updated version coming in 2020. If you want to hear about this please follow my blog at robinhoughtonpoetry.co.uk. In the meantime, good luck with your poetry submissions!
Instructions, know-how and insider tips to get your poems published in UK poetry magazines, including:
Many magazine profiles with details of format, frequency, who’s who, recent contributors
Tips and advice from top magazine editors
How to avoid the common mistakes
Record keeping and sample spreadsheet
Dealing with rejections (and acceptances!)
A Guide to Getting Published in UK Poetry Magazines by Robin Houghton
32 pages, A5, Telltale Press, November 2018
What readers say
“The booklet arrived today – thank you – and is an absolute godsend. I’ve been trying to unravel the world of poetry magazines for ages now, without a great deal of success. What you’ve produced fills a much-needed gap in the’ poetry ecosystem’ (as Jo Bell calls it) and – importantly takes away a lot of the mystery surrounding magazines.” – Ruth Kelsey
“…a step-by-step manual of where to send, how to record submissions, profiles of print magazines and ezines. It helps you figure out where to send your work even covers what to do when work is rejected (eeek). And all this for £5 – money well spent I’d say. So get this pamphlet and get busy sending out your work this year. Bon chance!” – Abegail Morley at The Poetry Shed
“I’ve really enjoyed reading the guide and have gleaned some good tips from it. I particularly liked ‘But why was my poem rejected?’ – which is what we all want to know!” – Sarah Hemings
“We’re so proud to have made a small contribution to this nifty little booklet from @RobinHoughton. Practical, friendly, and useful info on the world of UK poetry mags.”
– Atrium Poetry via Twitter, @Atrium_Poetry
“It’s a wonderful thing. I really wished I’d had something like it to refer to when I first started submitting work. Brava.” – Brett Evans
“From one of the most generous people in poetry. If you submit poems, this should be your go to reference. Well done @RobinHoughton” – Peter Raynard via Twitter
“Robin does the leg work for you. She has consulted with lots of editors to find out what butters their parsnips when it comes to a submission, and the book is peppered with this feedback. She also rounds up and introduces online and print magazines, and offers all kinds of useful advice – about being disciplined and methodical in your submissions, and how to deal with rejections.” – Peter Kenny
@RobinHoughton knows what she’s talking about – this will be a valuable resource – Fiona Larkin via Twitter @fionalarkin
“The copy of your book came today! I am so pleased with it, and will share it with my groups…”
– Geraldine Green
“Many congratulations on seeing your hard work come to fruition. I’ve tweeted, and will be pointing it out to friends.”
– Sarah Doyle
About the author
Robin Houghton decided to take her poetry writing seriously in around 2009 and had her first poem accepted for publication, by The Rialto, in 2010. She won the Hamish Canham Prize (2013), the New Writer Poetry Prize (2012), the Poetry Society Stanza Competition (2014, and runner-up in 2016) and has been placed or commended in other competitions. She’s had around a hundred poems published in journals including Agenda, Antiphon, Bare Fiction, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, Magma, Mslexia, The North, Obsessed with Pipework, Poetry News, The Rialto, Under the Radar, and in anthologies including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear). Her first pamphlet, The Great Vowel Shift, was published by Telltale Press, the poets’ publishing collective she co-founded in 2014 with Peter Kenny.
Robin’s pamphlet All the Relevant Gods was published by Cinnamon Press in 2018 after it won the press’s 2017 pamphlet competition. In 2017 she self-published a limited edition, hand-made mini pamphlet Foot Wear.
On her blog at robinhoughtonpoetry.co.uk Robin shares her take on the poetry scene including the ups and downs of magazine submissions. She also freely shares a list of UK poetry magazines’ submissions windows which she updates quarterly.
In the twentieth century Robin worked in local authority housing, ran an aerobics business and ended up as a global marketing manager for Adidas in the US. In the 2000s she ran an online marketing business and was an internet and social media ‘early adopter’. Her commercial writing experience spans everything from sales brochures for vacuum pumps to articles for Classical Music magazine, not to mention hundreds of blogs, websites and email newsletters.
She has written three commissioned books for Ilex Press: Blogging for Creatives (2012), Blogging for Writers (2014) and The Golden Rules of Blogging (2015), all of which have been translated into German, Spanish and other languages. She also wrote two ebooks about how to use Twitter.