Separate from our competition for single poems, our annual pamphlet competition accepts completed collections. We ask for your pamphlets to be 20-24 pages long, and include 18-20 poems. The rest – length, style and content – is up to you!
1st prize: Publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books in 2016
Plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet, and a ten per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia.
Entry fee: £20 per pamphlet
Judge: Amy Wack (Seren Books)
Before entering please make sure you’ve read the competition rules and FAQs, detailed below. If you have any further questions, email email@example.com or call 0191 204 8860 to speak to a real person. Good luck!
‘I’ve been floating ever since. I’ve had many poems published in magazines and anthologies, but winning the pamphlet competition is a huge validation of my work as a whole, and a collection is something I’ve been striving for. My enormous thanks go to Mslexia and Amy Wack at Seren.’
Mara Bergman, winner of our Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2015
Please read the rules carefully before entering the competition.
The pamphlet competition is separate from the single poem competition and is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems.
Submitted pamphlet collections may contain poems of any length or style, providing all poems are original work, each page contains no more than 40 lines of poetry and there are no more than 24 pages of poetry in total.
Poems must be typed, single-spaced, on A4 pages, single-sided.
Entries are judged anonymously, so please do not put your name anywhere on your poems. Send TWO cover sheets: one with your name, contact details, title and contents of your collection (for administrative use); and one with the title of your collection and a list of contents but no name or contact details.
No alterations may be made to a pamphlet collection once it has been submitted.
You may enter any number of pamphlet collections.
Your work will not be returned, so don’t forget to keep a copy. If you want confirmation that we have received your postal entry, please enclose an SAE labelled ‘Acknowledgement’. We do not send copies of the results to entrants.
The winner will be contacted in November 2015. The winning pamphlet will be published by Seren in 2016 and one or more poems from the winning pamphlet will be published in the Dec/Jan/Feb 2015/16 issue of Mslexia.
The winning author will be offered Seren’s standard publishing agreement in which copyright for the poems remains with the author, but Seren reserves the right to publish the work in its entirety or in part in the UK, Ireland, and the rest of the world for three years following the publication of the pamphlet. All rights will revert to the author at the end of this time. ▪ Mslexia and Seren retain the unrestricted right to use the winning poems and any related material for PR purposes.
Poems should be in English (or English dialect) and should not be a translation of another author’s work.
Poems submitted may not have been published previously as part of a pamphlet or full collection, but poems that have been published in magazines, anthologies, blogs and other media are eligible. ▪ Simultaneous submissions of a pamphlet collection are allowed, provided the winning poet withdraws her work from consideration in other competitions immediately upon notification of success in the Mslexia competition.
You may enter any poem from your pamphlet into our competition for single poems, provided it fulfils the entry requirements. These are separate competitions, so you would need to make a separate entry. Success in one competition will not affect your chance of success in the other competition.
We accept poems from women of any nationality, from any country.
You do not have to subscribe to Mslexia to be eligible, but you do have to be a woman.
Poets who have previously had a full-length poetry collection published (or self-published) are not eligible.
Employees of Mslexia are not eligible.
How to enter
Send your pamphlet by post or enter online at www.mslexia.co.uk/pamphlet.
If entering by post, mark your envelope ‘Women’s Pamphlet Competition’ and send it postmarked no later than 15 June to Freepost Plus RTKZ-LGXC-EBAH, Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1BR. We regret Freepost is not available for overseas entries. You can pay by cheque (payable to Mslexia Publications Ltd) or by debit/credit card (phone +44 (0)191 204 8860 with your details).
If entering online, be sure to follow the instructions on the website carefully. Pamphlets and cover sheets should be sent as a single attachment.
The £20 entry fee allows you to enter one pamphlet of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. You may enter as many times as you like, provided each collection is accompanied by the £20 entry fee.
Entry fees must be in pounds sterling. For other currencies, please pay online via PayPal, which will convert your fee into pounds sterling.
Deadline: 15 June 2015