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Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition
Mslexia women's Poetry Competition 2014
We welcome poems of any length, on all subjects - as long as they're written by women.
1st prize: £2,000
(plus two optional extras*: a week's writing retreat at Cove Park and a mentoring session with the Editor of premier magazine Poetry Review.
2nd prize: £400
3rd prize £200
17 other finalists will each win £25
SPECIAL NEW PRIZE: £1,000
for the best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet.
Judge: Wendy Cope
Award-winning poet Wendy Cope, OBE is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has four collections of poetry published, including 2011's Family Values. She judged the Man Booker Prize in 2007, and has kindly agreed to return to us to judge our 2014 competition.
Closing date: 16 June 2014
All winning poems will be published in Mslexia.
Please read the competition rules before entering.
Happy with everything? Enter the competition.
If you've written a collection of poems, why not enter them in our pamphlet competition? Find out more
2013 Winners Announced!
Congratulations to Angela Readman, winner of the 2013 Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition! And to the other winners and runners up.
And the runners-up: Bridget Auchmuty, Sharon Black, Jemma Borg, Maureen Boyle, Elizabeth Burns, Fiona Cartwright, Shirley A Cook (formerly Elmokadem), Barbara Cumbers, Kerry Darbishire, Yael Geva, Tess Jolly, RE Matthews, Jacqueline Mezec, Abigail Morley, Brigid Murray, Lesley Saunders and Jennifer Varney,
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2nd prize was £400, 3rd prize was £200. 17 runners up win £25 each. All winning poems are published in issue 59 of Mslexia, published in September 2013. Click here to order.
The 2013 Judge: Kathleen Jamie
'It's the difference between coal and diamond; they're made of the same element, but the diamond has been subjected to a greater force.' Read the judge's essay
Kathleen Jamie won a Gregory Award at the age of 19, and has always been a writer. Her first book was published when she was 20. She writes poetry in Scots and English; her nine collections have between them garnered two Forward Poetry Prizes, two Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prizes, three Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, three TS Eliot Award nominations – plus a Costa Prize for her most recent collection, The Overhaul (Picador). She is also an acclaimed author of several travelogues; her recent narrative nonfiction, which includes the wonderful Sightlines (Sort Of Books), is focused on the natural world. Described as 'one of the most urgently relevant of current poets', she lives in Scotland with her husband and two children and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Stirling.
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOPS
This year's specially-commissioned writing workshops are devised by the wonderful poet and tutor Deryn Rees-Jones. Designed to help you generate work to send in to the competition, the first workshop is available now!
POEtry pAmphlet competition
For the second year, and in conjunction with Seren Books, we are running a pamphlet competition for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, open to any woman poet who has not previously had a full-length collection published. The prize is publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books plus £250.
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Last year's winning pamphlet, Shadow Dispatches by Polly Atkin (right), is available to buy for just £5.
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TEN years of the Mslexia Poetry Competition – THe winners
- The Book of Tides by Angela Readman (Kathleen Jamie – 2013)
- Clare by Jo Haslam (Gillian Clarke – 2012)
- The War Years by Jane Satterfield (Jo Shapcott – 2011)
- The widower and his clothes by Margaret Livingston (Vicki Feaver – 2010)
- The Inland Waterways (IW) by Sarah Roby (Ruth Padel – 2009)
- A Song of Jean by Sibyl Ruth (Carol Ann Duffy – 2008)
- Too close by Ann Alexander (U A Fanthorpe and R V Bailey – 2007)
- For a plain man by Marianne Burton (Wendy Cope – 2006)
- Buffalo mozzarella by Polly Clark (Jo Shapcott – 2005)
- Women by Polly Clark (Selima Hill – 2004)