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Mslexia Poetry Competition 2020 Rules

YOUR POEMS

  • Poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subject. Sequences of differently-titled poems must be entered as separate poems. A poem that is structured in several parts may be entered as one poem.
  • Type each poem, single spaced, on A4 pages, single sided. If a poem is longer than one page, please number the pages. Write the title on the same sheet as the poem.
  • Your poems will be judged anonymously, so do not write your name on the same sheet as your poems.
  • If entering by post, please print out and complete the submission form here.
  • No alterations may be made to a poem once it has been submitted.
  • You may enter any number of poems, but may only win one prize. This is to allow the maximum number of entrants to receive recognition.
  • Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
  • Winners will be contacted in February 2021 and winning poems will be published in the Mar/Apr/May 2021 issue of Mslexia magazine.
  • Copyright of each poem remains with the author, but Mslexia has the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems in its magazine and on its website, plus unrestricted rights to use the winning poems and any related material for PR purposes.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Poems should be in English (or English dialect) and should not have been published or accepted for subsequent publication elsewhere.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed provided the poet withdraws their work from consideration immediately upon notification of its placement in the Mslexia competition.
  • Poems must not have been previously published or accepted for publication in print or online by a third-party, or included in self-published works that are commercially available.
  • Poems should not be a translation of another author’s work.
  • We will 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 self-identify as a woman.
  • Employees of Mslexia are not eligible.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Entries are open on 1 September 2020 and close at 23.59 GMT on 7 December 2020.
  • You may enter online at www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions or send your entry by post. If entering online, there are full instructions on the website.
  • If entering by post, please print out and complete the submission form (here), mark your envelope ‘Mslexia Poetry Competition’ and send it to: Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ.
  • If entering by post, you can pay by cheque (payable to Mslexia Publications Ltd.) or by debit/credit card (phone +44 (0)191 204 8860 with your details).
  • The entry fee of £10 allows you to enter up to three poems. You may enter as many times as you like, provided each set of poems is accompanied by the £10 entry fee.
  • Entries must be in pounds sterling. For oversees entries, international card payments are accepted.

PRIZE TERMS

  • 1st Prize: £2,000, plus optional mentoring session and a writing retreat at the Cove Park centre.
  • 2nd Prize: £500; 3rd Prize: £250. Unpublished Poet Prize: £250. 17 additional finalists will win £25 each.
  • The Unpublished Poet Prize can be awarded in addition to a finalist prize, but not in addition to a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize.
  • Acceptance of any element of the prize is optional. If the winner is unable to attend the retreat or mentoring, these will be offered to other winners.
  • The writing retreat is at Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, at a time to be agreed between Cove Park and the competition winner. The retreat is accommodation only.
  • The mentoring is with acclaimed poet Malika Booker, on a date to be agreed between the mentor and the competition winner, before 30 September 2021.
  • The winner is responsible for any additional expenses involved in attending the Cove Park retreat and the mentoring afternoon.
  • Entrants who have not had any poetry previously published in print or online (see definition under ‘Eligibility above) are also invited to enter the Unpublished Poet Prize by ticking the ‘Unpublished’ option on the online or postal entry form.

 

Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2020 Rules

YOUR POEMS

  • The pamphlet competition is separate from the single poem competition and is for short collections of up to 24 pages of up to 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 in total.
  • Poems must be typed, single spaced, on A4 pages and in a single document.
  • Entries are judged anonymously, so do not put your name anywhere on your poems.
  • No alterations may be made to a pamphlet collection once it has been submitted.
  • You may enter any number of pamphlet collections as you like.
  • Your work will not be returned, so don’t forget to keep a copy.
  • The winning author will be offered Seren’s standard publishing agreement in which copyright for the poems remains with the author, but Seren reserve 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 right 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 relevant material for PR purposes. , but may only win one prize. This is to allow the maximum number of entrants to receive recognition.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 of 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 poet withdraws their work from consideration in other competitions immediately upon notification of its placement 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 the chance of success in the other competition.
  • We will 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 self-identify as a woman.
  • Poets who have previously had a full-length collection published are not eligible.
  • Employees of Mslexia and Seren are not eligible.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Entries are open on 1 September 2020 and close at 23.59 GMT on 7 December 2020.
  • You may enter online at www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions or send your entry by post. If entering online, there are full instructions on the website.
  • If entering by post, please print out and complete the submission form (here), mark your envelope ‘Mslexia Pamphlet Competition’ and send it to: Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ.
  • If entering by post, you can pay by cheque (payable to Mslexia Publications Ltd.) or by debit/credit card (phone +44 (0)191 204 8860 with your details).
  • The entry fee of £20 allows you to enter one pamphlet of up to 24 pages of up to 20 poems. You may enter as many times as you like, provided each set of poems is accompanied by the £20 entry fee.
  • Entries must be in pounds sterling. For oversees entries, international card payments are accepted.

Deadline for the Poetry and Poetry Pamphlet Competition is the 7 December 2020.

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