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December 7

Mslexia Poetry Competition 2020

1st prize: £2,000MslexiaGS2008PPCA4BleedP442fe

Judge: Karen McCarthy Woolf
Entry fee: £10 for up to three poems
Closing date: 7 December 2020

Our Poetry Competition is back for another year and we’re excited to welcome poems of any length, in any style, on any subject.

Our judge is Karen McCarthy Woolf whose collection An Aviary of Small Birds was described as ‘extraordinarily moving and technically flawless’ (The Poetry Review) and was shortlisted for both the Forward Felix Dennis and Fenton Aldeburgh prizes. As an editor of five literary anthologies, she has launched many new voices. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Turkish and Swedish, selected for Poems on the Underground, and made into poetry films.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Each £10 entry fee allows you to submit up to three poems. If you’d like to enter more than three poems, please select the correct number of entries below.

The winner will receive £2,000 plus two optional extras: a one-to-one feedback session with acclaimed poet Malika Booker; and a one-week retreat at the beautiful Cove Park Centre in Scotland. Our second-place poet will receive £500; our third-place poet will receive £250 and 17 runners up will receive £25. All winners and runners up will be published in the March 2021 issue of Mslexia.

In addition, there is a special prize of £250 for the best poem by a previously-unpublished woman poet.

Mslexia Pamphlet Competition 2020

1st prize: £250 plus publication by Seren

Judge: Amy Wack
Entry fee: £20 per pamphlet
Closing date: 7 December 2020

We’re excited to welcome entries for our annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition.

Our judge is Amy Wack, Poetry Editor at Seren Books. Originally from California, Amy started her career with Seren in 1989 where she was the reviews editor for poetry Wales before going on to become commissioning poetry editor.

The annual pamphlet competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes completed collections of up to 24 pages of up to 20 poems;  these poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subject.

In addition to the top prize of £250, the winning pamphlet will be published in 2021 by Seren Books. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia in June 2021.

Each £20 entry fee allows you to enter one pamphlet. You may enter as many times as you like, provided each collection is accompanied by the £20 entry fee.