Members’ successes & more info

The Poetry Society is the leading poetry organisation in the UK. For over a hundred years we’ve been a lively and passionate source of energy and ideas, opening up and promoting poetry to an ever-growing community of people.

Our work ranges from publishing The Poetry Review and hosting acclaimed national poetry competitions, to developing educational work and commissioning a packed calendar of performances and readings. We’re on a mission to connect people to the transformative power of poetry.

“Poetry is…a city whose gates stand wide”
Eavan Boland 

Being a member of The Poetry Society means joining thousands of other people making a deeper connection with poetry and the poetry world. 

Membership Package
With thanks to (clockwise from left) Brian Bilston, Paul Taylor & Dean Atta for the pics

As a full adult member* you receive:

The Poetry Review*

A subscription to Britain’s leading poetry magazine showcasing the best in contemporary poetry, reviews and essays – delivered to your door every quarter. PLUS free added access to the digital edition, published by Exact Editions, including a range of archive issues to explore.

Poetry News

Our exclusive members’ newspaper, recently redesigned, is published four times a year, is packed with poetry features and interviews – and publishes winning poems from regular member-only competitions. You’ll also be able to access our e-bulletin and competition/magazine listings service, keeping you up to date with the latest news from the poetry world

“I love reading Poetry News. Always so interesting and uplifting.” – Sarah Doyle

“The newly redesigned Poetry News newsletter is pretty swish” – Andrew McMillan


Join your local Stanza – The Poetry Society’s network of poetry groups across the country – and meet like-minded people in your area 

Write better poetry

Poetry Surgery

Discounts on our Poetry Surgery and Poetry Prescription services to help you fine-tune your own work (including thorough critiques of your poetry either in one-on-one sessions with a published poet or by post).

“My Poetry Surgery with Katharine Towers helped me hear my work more clearly and understand that small is beautiful. Which is why I had the audacity to submit ‘Birdfall’ to, and subsequently get commended in, the National Poetry Competition.” – Danica Ognjenovic

Poetry offers

Our membership card entitles you to automatic discounts at events and readings, and exclusive member offers and prize draws.

“Thank you for my membership pack! A lovely thump of goodies on my mat!” – @MikeBellWrites via Twitter

A few extra benefits

  • A free second entry to the National Poetry Competition
  • Exclusive members’-only poetry competitions
  • Advance notice of all our events
  • Members’ pages on the Poetry Society website 

What are you waiting for? Join The Poetry Society today!

Worth every penny of the membership fee.” Stephen Keeler, via Twitter


The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7420 9880

Please note – The Poetry Society team is still working from home and that we only have access to one phone line currently. Please email us where possible. Our apologies for any delays and difficulties.

* As a Basic Member, you receive Poetry News, but not The Poetry Review.