The Compass is an issue-based online poetry magazine, edited by Lindsey Holland and Andrew Forster. (You can read more about the editors here). It is published three times a year and the content for each issue is published over a ten to fourteen day period, allowing time and space for each poem, review and feature.
The Compass comes out of North West England but is in no way restricted to that region. The magazine aims to locate and publish what is, in the opinion of the editors, the most outstanding British and international poetry. The tastes of the editors don’t adhere to a particular school and we aim to publish a range of quality poetries. We also aim to showcase the work of poets we particularly enjoy, or who don’t currently get the exposure that the editors feel their work deserves.
We are keen to provide a platform for discourses about published poetry as well as new work. Our reviews section is driven by enthusiasm for poetry — for consuming, reading and talking about it, as well as for writing it — however any opinions expressed in the reviews do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editors or the magazine as a whole.
Over time we aim to expand The Compass to take advantage of the possibilities offered by its online presence to add to the print-based content.
The Compass receives no funding and is produced on a voluntary basis by its editors. Unfortunately we are not able to pay contributors at the current time.
We are open to submissions of unsolicited poetry. Please see our Submissions guidelines. The Compass gets a huge number of quality submissions so please send us your best work. Also, note that we are not open to unsolicited reviews or to unsolicited books for review.
The editors are interested in your views so please do contact us to let us know how you think we’re doing.
We hope you enjoy The Compass!