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Our 2023 competitions are now closed

Poetry and Poetry Pamphlet Competition: CLOSED

Good luck to everyone who entered! Fiona Benson will be selecting the winners of our 2023 Poetry Competition, with Imtiaz Dhaker selecting the best Pamphlet for publication by Bloodaxe Books.

We're offering £2,000 to the winning poem for our Poetry Competition with a second place prize of £500, a third place prize of £250, and £250 will be awarded to the best poem by an unpublished poet. The winners, plus 16 runners-up will be published in the March 2024 edition of Mslexia.

The winner of our Pamphlet will receive £250, plus publication by Bloodaxe Books. A selected poem will also be published in Mslexia.

Want to read the winning poems? Head over to our Winners page.


Fiction Competition 2023: CLOSED

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2023 Fiction Competition! Entrants of our Short Story Competition will be notified in November 2023; those who submitted a Flash Fiction will also find out in November 2023; and to everyone who entered our Novel Competition, you'll be notified as to whether or not you work has been longlisted in Jan/Feb 2024. Good luck!

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