‘Ambit is a surreptitious peek inside a private world. Without it such vital sparks of inspiration could well be lost for ever.’ – Ralph Steadman

Ambit is a 96-page quarterly literary and art magazine. It is created in London, published in the UK, and read internationally. It’s available through subscription, in selected bookshops, and in libraries worldwide.

The magazine is put together entirely from unsolicited submissions. You can read more about our guidelines on our submissions page. We look at everything that is sent to us, and give no preference to well-known writers over the newest artistic talents.

AMBIT is edited by Briony Bax; Poetry Editors: André Naffis-Sahely, assisted by Jade Cuttle; Fiction Editors: Kate Pemberton assisted by Louise Ihringer, Gwendolen MacKeith, Rob Newton and Mike Smith; Art Editors: Olivia Bax and Jean-Philippe Dordolo; Illustration Editor: Mireille Fauchon; Production Editor: Mike Smith

Contributing Editor list: Shanta Acharya, Liz Berry, Fred D’Aguiar, Tony Dash, Richard Dyer, Travis Elborough, Helen Gordon, Declan Ryan, David Shook, George Szirtes, Jennifer Lee Tsai.



In 1959 a London Paediatrician, Dr Martin Bax, diagnosed Angst and Ennui as the prevailing mood. He prescribed Ambit Magazine: poetry, fiction and art – sometimes shocking, sometimes experimental, sometimes comic, always compelling.

Over the years, from small beginnings, the team has come together. Edwin Brock was joined by Carol Ann Duffy and Henry Graham to pick the poetry, and JG Ballard was joined by Geoff Nicholson to pick the prose. In 2013 Dr Martin Bax retired and a new editorial team took the reins.

Ambit is still going strong after more than 50 years of publishing.

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Ambit is a registered charity in the UK, number 1151183