The Lake
The Lake

The Lake is edited by John Murphy. He has published poems in various magazines and journals over the years and taught English and American literature and creative writing at Brunel University, Essex University, St Mary's University College and The Open University. In 2009 he published a book of poems,  The Thing Is...


Hopefully The Lake will publish a new issue every month, depending on the rate of submissions.


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For those of you interested in poetry competitions The Poetry Library has a comprehensive list of national and international competitions. For details click here   


The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017. Details here


The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2017. Details here


The Bare Fiction prize. Details here


Robyn Bolam talks about her anthology, Eliza's Babes, showcasing four centuries of women's writing, on the Royal Literary Fund's website. The Writers Aloud audio series also features many other poets and novelists talking about their work. Listen here


Voices Returning: Poetry Sound Recording Collection is a sound recording of fourteen women poets published by Bloodaxe and  connected in some way to the North East region of the UK. It is now available to listen to on the NCLA website here.


Reviewed in the July issue Rosemary Badcoe's Drawing a Diagram and Gram Joel Davies' Bolt Down This Earth.