Welcome to the AMBIT submissions portal.  Thanks for joining us.

You can submit your work to our quarterlies here. We welcome all work without prejudice.  Our open call for submissions from those with direct experience of war is now officially closed, we are currently drawing up our longlist and will be in touch about submissions soon. Be aware that it is a rigorous and exceptionally competitive process, and past publication or glorious publishing credentials does not ensure publication - we're simply looking to find the best work to publish in both our 96-page issues and our Pop specials.

All of your submissions support our work as a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts.  

We are now open for the almighty Annual Ambit Competition for Poems, Stories, and Art 2022. 

The theme is Magick and we are excited to be dedicating our Winter 2022 issue to this.

We are proud to be be collaborating with the following judges:

Poems: Rebecca Tamás

Stories: Jenni Fagan

Art: Danielle de Picciotto

The framework of Magick is to expand upon our times, in the tradition of the work which Ambit began, founded by Dr Martin Bax as a quarterly arts publication which 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.  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.  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.

Please note we do not accept any simultaneous submissions, so please do not submit to any other publication or competition/prizes etc for our duration of reading, which we attempt to turnaround in a respectful duration.  We will be in touch by September.

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. 

Please sign up for our irregular email updates and find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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

Please note that Submittable uses American-style dates.

With best wishes, and thanks for supporting

Kirsty Allison
Editor, Ambit

Rebellion in Poems, Stories, and Art since 1959.

May 2022

Ambit always publish original work, although it may be republished by you or those of your choosing later. Copyright remains with you, the creator.

Ambit is often printed in black and white, so do bear that in mind with your entries, although, we will consider work in all mediums and colours - and will produce the magazine to best demonstrate the winning work.

The magazine is trimmed at: 164 × 240 mm 

Safe type area: 128 × 220 mm 

Full bleed: 167 × 246 mm

Ideally work will be supplied with 3 mm bleed , but this is not essential, just so you have an idea of how we work.

  • We are publishing QR codes to take us out of paper and into new realms.

Art can take any form.  We want to continue to expand what we can present on paper as Dr Martin Bax, JG Ballard, Olivia Bax, Michael Foreman, Eduardo Paolozzi and all our many contributors have managed to over the years.

Please send us work that explores the theme of Magick.

We need exclusive work, that is not being sent elsewhere.  We ask that it has never been seen on social media, or past published anywhere.

We aim to have a longlist by September, with winners being informed ahead of publication on Halloween.

Our Winter issue will be dedicated to Magick, with winners receiving publication aside other features.

We offer £500 to each winner, and are arranging a Magick raffle of prizes which will be announced on publication.

Please find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and please do sign up to our irregular newsletter, this is the best way to stay in touch.  Subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen.

We are excited to be touring the UK in July - so please come say Hi!!!

Tickets are up on Dice.Fm now. We are heading to Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Rough Trade Bristol, The Albert in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, and beyond...

But mainly, read the magazine - find it in libraries, and order it in your bookshop, or get it directly from us.

We are a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts - grown from a glorious legacy of publishing cult legends.

Rebellion in POEMS, STORIES, and ART since 1959.

Love Kirsty Allison, editor, the judges, and the Ambit fam x

Ambit always publish original work, although it may be republished by you or those of your choosing later. Copyright remains with you, the creator.

Ambit is often printed in black and white, so do bear that in mind with your entries, although, we will consider work in all mediums and colours - and will produce the magazine to best demonstrate the winning work.

The magazine is trimmed at: 164 × 240 mm

Safe type area: 128 × 220 mm

Full bleed: 167 × 246 mm

Ideally work will be supplied with 3 mm bleed , but this is not essential, just so you have an idea of how we work.

  • We are publishing QR codes to take us out of paper and into new realms.

Art can take any form.  We want to continue to expand what we can present on paper as Dr Martin Bax, JG Ballard, Olivia Bax, Michael Foreman, Eduardo Paolozzi and all our many contributors have managed to over the years.

Please send us work that explores the theme of Magick.

We need exclusive work, that is not being sent elsewhere.  We ask that it has never been seen on social media, or past published anywhere.

We aim to have a longlist by September, with winners being informed ahead of publication on Halloween.

Our Winter issue will be dedicated to Magick, with winners receiving publication aside other features.

We offer £500 to each winner, and are arranging a Magick raffle of prizes which will be announced on publication.

Please find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and please do sign up to our irregular newsletter, this is the best way to stay in touch.  Subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen.

We are excited to be touring the UK in July - so please come say Hi!!!

Tickets are up on Dice.Fm now. We are heading to Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Rough Trade Bristol, The Albert in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, and beyond...

But mainly, read the magazine - find it in libraries, and order it in your bookshop, or get it directly from us.

We are a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts - grown from a glorious legacy of publishing cult legends.

Rebellion in POEMS, STORIES, and ART since 1959.

Love Kirsty Allison, editor, the judges, and the Ambit fam x

Ambit always publish original work, although it may be republished by you or those of your choosing later. Copyright remains with you, the creator.

We are looking for Stories under the work count of 5000, but please do not feel you need to go that far, as we will publish more if we find multiple shorter stories...

Stories can take any form, creative non-fiction to the most experimental imaginings.  We want to continue to expand literature as Dr Martin Bax, JG Ballard, Ron Sanford, Michael Foreman, Eduardo Paolozzi and all our many contributors have managed to over the years.

Please send us work that explores the theme of Magick.

We need exclusive work, that is not being sent elsewhere.  We ask that it has never been seen on social media, or past published anywhere.

We aim to have a longlist by September, with winners being informed ahead of publication on Halloween.

Our Winter issue will be dedicated to Magick, with winners receiving publication aside other features.

We offer £500 to each winner, and are arranging a Magick raffle of prizes which will be announced on publication.

Please find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and please do sign up to our irregular newsletter, this is the best way to stay in touch.  Subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen.

We are excited to be touring the UK in July - so please come say Hi!!! 

Tickets are up on Dice.Fm now. We are heading to Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Rough Trade Bristol, The Albert in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, and beyond...

But mainly, read the magazine - find it in libraries, and order it in your bookshop, or get it directly from us.

We are a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts - grown from a glorious legacy of publishing cult legends.

Rebellion in POEMS, STORIES, and ART since 1959.

Love Kirsty Allison, editor, the judges, and the Ambit fam x

Ambit always publish original work, although it may be republished by you or those of your choosing later. Copyright remains with you, the creator.

We are looking for Stories under the work count of 5000, but please do not feel you need to go that far, as we will publish more if we find multiple shorter stories...

Stories can take any form, creative non-fiction to the most experimental imaginings.  We want to continue to expand literature as Dr Martin Bax, JG Ballard, Ron Sanford, Michael Foreman, Eduardo Paolozzi and all our many contributors have managed to over the years.

Please send us work that explores the theme of Magick.

We need exclusive work, that is not being sent elsewhere.  We ask that it has never been seen on social media, or past published anywhere.

We aim to have a longlist by September, with winners being informed ahead of publication on Halloween.

Our Winter issue will be dedicated to Magick, with winners receiving publication aside other features.

We offer £500 to each winner, and are arranging a Magick raffle of prizes which will be announced on publication.

Please find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and please do sign up to our irregular newsletter, this is the best way to stay in touch.  Subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen.

We are excited to be touring the UK in July - so please come say Hi!!!

Tickets are up on Dice.Fm now. We are heading to Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Rough Trade Bristol, The Albert in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, and beyond...

But mainly, read the magazine - find it in libraries, and order it in your bookshop, or get it directly from us.

We are a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts - grown from a glorious legacy of publishing cult legends.

Rebellion in POEMS, STORIES, and ART since 1959.

Love Kirsty Allison, editor, the judges, and the Ambit fam x

Ambit always publish original work, although it may be republished by you or those of your choosing later. Copyright remains with you, the creator.

We are looking for Poems that are containable within the journal, but please do not feel restricted in what you present. 

We may also publish some work online.

Poems can take any form.  We want to continue to expand poetry beyond its current reaches.

Please send us work that explores the theme of Magick.

We need exclusive work, that is not being sent elsewhere.  We ask that it has never been seen on social media, or past published anywhere.

We aim to have a longlist by September, with winners being informed ahead of publication on Halloween.

Our Winter issue will be dedicated to Magick, with winners receiving publication aside other features.

We offer £500 to each winner, and are arranging a Magick raffle of prizes which will be announced on publication.

Please find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and please do sign up to our irregular newsletter, this is the best way to stay in touch.  Subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen.

We are excited to be touring the UK in July - so please come say Hi!!!

Tickets are up on Dice.Fm now. We are heading to Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Rough Trade Bristol, The Albert in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, and beyond...

But mainly, read the magazine - find it in libraries, and order it in your bookshop, or get it directly from us.

We are a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts - grown from a glorious legacy of publishing cult legends.

Rebellion in POEMS, STORIES, and ART since 1959.

Love Kirsty Allison, editor, the judges, and the Ambit fam x

Ambit always publish original work, although it may be republished by you or those of your choosing later. Copyright remains with you, the creator.

We are looking for Poems that are containable within the journal, but please do not feel restricted in what you present.  Ideally send your work so we can reference spacing, ie. PDF.

We may also publish some work online.

Poems can take any form.  We want to continue to expand poetry beyond its current reaches.

Please send us work that explores the theme of Magick.

We need exclusive work, that is not being sent elsewhere.  We ask that it has never been seen on social media, or past published anywhere.

We aim to have a longlist by September, with winners being informed ahead of publication on Halloween.

Our Winter issue will be dedicated to Magick, with winners receiving publication aside other features.

We offer £500 to each winner, and are arranging a Magick raffle of prizes which will be announced on publication.

Please find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and please do sign up to our irregular newsletter, this is the best way to stay in touch.  Subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen.

We are excited to be touring the UK in July - so please come say Hi!!!

Tickets are up on Dice.Fm now. We are heading to Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Rough Trade Bristol, The Albert in Brighton, Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, and beyond...

But mainly, read the magazine - find it in libraries, and order it in your bookshop, or get it directly from us.

We are a charity, offering ladders into literature and the arts - grown from a glorious legacy of publishing cult legends.

Rebellion in POEMS, STORIES, and ART since 1959.

Love Kirsty Allison, editor, the judges, and the Ambit fam x

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