Please send up to three unpublished poems in a Word document.

We welcome submissions from anywhere and anyone, as long as the work is your own to send and in English. Our aim is to publish as diverse and vibrant selection of poems as possible.

Poems should be formatted in 12 point Times New Roman, single spaced, each poem starting on a new page.

Poems should be no more than 50 lines in length (not including line breaks).

We have no set themes. We want poetry that excites us; poetry to provoke an unexpected tear, a woozy feeling in the stomach, a giggle on a rush hour bus. Poetry that tickles, unsettles, warms, surprises, grips. Poetry that makes readers feel.

We are not opposed to strong language or content, as long as it is in context – we are not interested in shock value for shock’s sake or anything that is exploitative, abusive or discriminatory to any individual or group.

Please put “Poetry Submission – Your Name” as the subject line of your email.

Include a short – 40 words maximum – third person biography in the body of the email. If you would like us to include links to your own website, publisher, Twitter, etc. please include these too. (The links do not count as part of the 40 word bio.)

We do not consider simultaneous submissions.

Please only make one submission per submission period.

We are unable to make changes to poems or bios once a poem is accepted.

We cannot pay for poems. We would like to, but there is no money.

If any poem we publish goes on to be published elsewhere, we’ll be chuffed for you – and we’d love it if you’d give Atrium a mention. The poem remains your own.

The editors’ decisions are final and, whilst we will do our best to give a personal and timely response to each submission, we will not enter into further correspondence.

We aim to respond to all submissions within six to eight weeks of receipt, considerably sooner if possible. If you’ve sent us something and not heard after this time, please feel free to email us via the submissions email address and we will look into it.

We are currently scheduling poems two to three months in advance (although this does not affect response time).

Please email submissions to

Remember, what you send us is your responsibility and it is essential that you follow the above guidelines, as not doing so could result in your submission remaining unread. This is your work – handle it with the care you believe it deserves as you send it out into the big wide world, and we will do the same.

Atrium’s regular Featured Publication spots are by invitation only.

Atrium does not currently publish reviews.