‘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 artwork magazine. It is created in London, published in the UK, and read internationally. It’s available through subscription and in selected bookshops and libraries worldwide.
The magazine is put together entirely from unsolicited submissions. You can read more about our guidelines on the Submit page. The short of it is: post prose, poetry or artwork to us. We look at everything that comes through our door, and give no preference to well-known writers over the newest artistic talents.
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 – plus a small dose of unstuffy poetry reviews.
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. Mike Foreman tracks down the pictures while designer John Morgan makes sure that Ambit retains its reputation for visual seduction.
Still a non-profit making magazine, Ambit is still going strong after more than 50 years of publishing.