A poem in The Rialto

rialtoGetting a poem into The Rialto is one of my poetry highlights, certainly of this year and probably of my poetry life. When I received a letter of acceptance from the editors in February I leapt about my house with happiness and even had a little cry. Why all the fuss? I suppose because ever since I started seriously writing poetry, it’s been one of my aims to be published in The Rialto. It’s notoriously hard to get a poem accepted – the magazine receives about 12,000 poems a year and publishes 180 – and I might have given up if I was turned down again this time (this was the second time I’d submitted to them and they take ages to reply (understandably, considering the number of submissions).

The Rialto pays for every poem. Cash. What a novelty. My £20 will go poem in Rialtostraight back into The Rialto coffers as I will use it to renew my subscription. There’s even going to be a London launch of this issue on June 4th but, sadly, I won’t be able to go. Perhaps you can? I’ve stuck the details onto my fridge.   And if you’d like to buy a copy of Issue 80 with poems by Pascale Petit, Fleur Adcock, Mimi Khalvati, Matthew Sweeney and many others (including me, hurray!), details are here.  Can’t wait to receive my copy.




  1. Congratulations, Josephine! (: I’m so happy for you! I’d love to read your poem! I’ll try and get my hands on the Rialto.. :D

      1. Ohhh great! Thank you! :D

  2. Congrats on the publishing! :)

    I would love to read your work

      1. Thanks :) I will take a look!

  3. Oh well done. I know that feeling too to have a goal as to where you would like to be published. I have my dreams and still waiting, but one day maybe. I’m over the moon for you, congratulations. Enjoy the feeling :)

    1. Keep at it, Heather :-)

  4. Brilliant news! You deserve every bit of it and keep leaping!

    1. Thanks, Jean :-)

  5. Huge congratulations! I read it today because I was at Totleigh Barton when their copy arrived – what a wonderful, wonderful poem. Now I need to get hold of my own copy so I can read it again! xx

    1. Thanks, Tania! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your experiences at Totleigh Barton – a very special and important place to me. If I hadn’t done a Starting to Write course there in 1992 I probably wouldn’t be writing now. xx

  6. Many congratulations Josephine. I hope to reach that goal one day, perhaps with one of my short stories. I have another two almost finished, so who knows.

    1. Thanks very much Hugh and very best wishes with your writing projects.

    1. Good luck with your own writing projects, George :-)

  7. Congratulations Josephine! Is it this summer issue? My dear friend Alicia Stubbersfield has a couple of poems in it as well. Can’t wait to have a read of them. Great achievement.

    1. Thanks very much, Mick! It is indeed the same issue! I’ve only just received my copy as I’ve been in Liverpool for a few days. I’m looking forward to reading – it is PACKED with poems! :-)

  8. Well done Josephine! :) x

    1. Helen, thank you! Every poem acceptance feels like another step forward. Best wishes with your writing projects :-) xx

  9. I will cry too (if it ever happens!) Congratulations Josephine! xx

    1. Oh, you’ve made me laugh, Jean! Thanks very much. I’m just about getting over it now :-) xx

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