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Mslexia Women's Pamphlet Competition
MSlexia 2013 women's pamphlet competition
The competition is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems by women poets who have not previously had a full-length collection published.
1st prize: Publication by Seren Books
Plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and a 10 per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine.
Judge: Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren Books
Closing date: 17 June 2013
Entry fee: £20 per collection
Please note: The pamphlet competition is separate from the single poem competition. You can submit entries to both competitions, but they must be submitted separately. Success in one competition will not affect your chance of success in the other competition. Please make sure you have read the rules before submitting your entry, and consider buying last year's winning pamphlet.
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There is ... a curious urgency in her voice, as if these are things the poet really wants to tell us, things we really need to know. Amy Wack
Read what Polly Atkin has to say about winning the 2012 competition, and a poem from her winning collection. Her pamphlet, Shadow Dispatches, is available now from Seren Books for just £5.
NEW! POETRY WORKSHOPS
Struggling with putting your collection together? Finding it hard to step back and look at your poems from a new angle? Clare Pollard, poet and tutor, guides you through some practical, fun poetry games to play to help you get a new perspective on how to assemble your poems into a short collection.
Workshop 1: The Idiolect Game
Workshop 2: Snap or Happy Families
Workshop 3: The Word Association Game
JUDGE: AMY WACK
'I am something of a maximalist in that I like to see poems that are packed with life and colour. I like poems that 'tell a story'. I like to be surprised.'
Amy Wack was born in Florida, USA, raised in California, attended San Diego State University, BA English, and Columbia University in New York for an MFA in Creative Writing. She has lived in Wales since 1988, and has been working for Seren since 1990, starting as Admin Assistant on Poetry Wales magazine. Since the early 90s she's been Seren's Poetry Editor and has edited a number of anthologies including Oxygen (with Grahame Davies, 2000) and Women's Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English (with Eva Salzman, 2008).
Seren celebrated 30 years as an independent publisher in 2011. Its poetry list is a range of the classic and contemporary and titles are regularly shortlisted for the TS Eliot, Costa and Forward Prizes. Poets include the prize winning Hilary Menos and Carrie Etter, Pascale Petit, Anne Marie-Fyfe and Carol Rumens, and range from 'senior' poets such as Ruth Bidgood to young and/or debut poets like Nerys Williams, Judy Brown (both Forward shortlisted in 2011), Ellie Evans and Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Seren also publishes the winning pamphlet of the annual Poetry Wales/Purple Moose Competition, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the pamphlet as a way of bringing new poets and discrete groups of poems to a wider audience.