Women’s Poetry Competition 2017


1st prize: £2,000

Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring session with Amy Wack (Poetry Editor at Seren Books).
2nd prize £400, 3rd prize £200, and 17 other finalists each win £25.

Special prize: £500 for the best poem by a previously-unpublished woman poet

Entry fee: £7 for up to three poems
Judge: Sinéad Morrissey
Closing date: 19 June 2017



With springtime comes the launch of our our annual Women’s Poetry Competition!

First prize is £2,000, plus a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park and a mentoring session with Amy Wack, Seren Poetry Editor. And we have a special prize for unpublished poets, to make this a brilliant opportunity for both new and experienced writers. This competition is separate from our 2017 Women’s Pamphlet Competition, so if you also have a collection looking for publication, step that way.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes poems of in any style, of any length, on any subject.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

Each entry fee allows you to submit three poems. If you would like to enter more than three poems, please ensure you select the correct number of entries below.

For any more information, call us on 0191 204 8860 or email poetry@mslexia.co.uk.


‘The poems published in Mslexia are always of the highest quality, so if someone submits a poetry manuscript to me with Mslexia included in the acknowledgements I always sit up and take notice’ 

Neil Astley, editor, Bloodaxe Books

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