Stand has been a fixture on the British and world literary scene since 1952, when the first issue appeared in London. It moved to Leeds in 1960, then to Newcastle, and it is now edited from the School of English at the University of Leeds in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA. Stand continues to welcome submissions of poetry and short fiction from around the world.

Recent special issues reflect Stand's origins at Leeds as well as its longstanding international identity. In 2017 we dedicated an issue to recent writing from China. This was an exciting innovation in collaboration with colleagues in Chinese Studies at Leeds, which was followed in spring last year by an Indonesian special issue and in the summer by one which featured Singaporean women's writing. We continue to celebrate writers who have had a particular relationship to Stand. In 2017 one issue featured the late Geoffrey Hill and included some of his unpublished poems; another celebrated Tony Harrison’s 80th birthday. In 2018 we commemorated the 80th anniversary of Ken Smith's birth.

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Anticipated publication dates for 2020 are as follows. However please note that as the UK is on lockdown due to the Covid-19, the Editorial, Publication and Printing/Distribution Teams are unable to guarantee when these issues will be delivered. We are pleased to announce that the latest magazine Volume 18:1 has now been despatched.

  • Volume 18.1: 15 March
  • Volume 18.2: 15 June
  • Volume 18.3: 15 September
  • Volume 18.4: 15 December

Thank you for your patience and support in these uncertain times. We will continue to make the magazine available online for as long as we are able to compile it. As we may be unable to despatch physical magazines, we would urge subscribers who do not have online credentials to email so that we can provide you with your log in details. Please keep safe.

Stand wishes to acknowledge the support of the School of English at the University of Leeds, and the work of colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of the Arts at the University of Bolton who give their time to assist in editing the magazine. Stand also offers opportunities to students to volunteer in production, writing, and reviewing. Jon Silkin, Stand’s founder, felt that writing and editing, printing and selling, reading, discussing and sharing new work were all part of making new literature alive and possible in a difficult world.

Copyright this selection Stand Magazine Ltd. 2020.

Copyright of individual items remains with contributors. Stand and its editors accept no liability for views expressed or statements made by individual contributors to the magazine.

In the Current Issue of Stand Cover of Stand 227, 18(3) Poems by Kate Behrens, Mara Bergman, Linda Black, Alan Britt, Iain Britton, Maia Elsner, Anne Fitzgerald, Desmond Graham, John Greening, John Haynes, and others Short fiction by Ted Slaughter and Michael Cadnum Tributes to Eavan Boland More...
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