Ambit

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Welcome to AMBIT. Rebellion in Poems, Stories, and Art since 1959.


This is our submissions portal where you can submit your work to our quarterlies. We welcome all work without prejudice.  Our open call for submissions from those with direct experience of war are now officially closed.

We will re-open in June for our Annual Ambit Competition for Poems, Stories, and Art. The theme is Magick.

Our judges are:

Poems: Rebecca Tamás

Stories: Jenni Fagan

Art: Danielle de Picciotto

Please note we do not accept any simultaneous submissions, so please do not submitted to any other publication or competition/prizes etc for our duration of reading, which we attempt to turnaround in a respectful duration. All work submitted for publication must be original and exclusive to us, and previously unpublished anywhere else including websites, social media or blogs.

Please note that Submittable uses American-style dates.

If you don't know the magazine we encourage you to read recent issues to understand the sort of work we publish from contributors unlimited by identities, class, publication history or reputation. Ambit was (anti) established in 1959 by Dr Martin Bax as a quarterly arts publication aiming to 'expand upon the times'. Our community of readers, writers, poets and artists are members of a cult British institution aided by the legacy of JG Ballard being fiction editor for 30 years, Carol Ann Duffy jumping up from Martin's kitchen table to become poet laureate and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi serving as art editor. 

Unlike traditional literary magazines, the Ambit archive flows between art, collaboration and creative blurring in the tapestry of William S Burroughs, Ralph Steadman, Stevie Smith, Helen Chadwick, Deborah Levy, David Hockney, Ivor Cutler, Linton Kwesi-Johnson, Edel Adnan, Caleb Femi, Fran Lock, Kim Addonizio, and thousands more, many at the early stages of their creative lives. Kirsty Allison was first published by Ambit in 2007 and appointed as the third editor-in-chief by editor emeritus, Briony Bax and the board in 2021.  Kirsty Allison is joined by designer, Stephen Barrett, and a team of readers and editors.

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Should you have queries, please email contact@ambitmagazine.co.uk, although all submission details are here and repeated on our website.

Kirsty Allison
Editor-in-chief

May 2022

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