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[...] Language is also ownership, we describe our thoughts, and by default corral the heart [...]

From Of Ownership by KAREN McCARTHY WOOLF

Mslexia Poetry Competition 2020

JUDGE: KAREN McCARTHY WOOLF

1st prize £2,000 (plus mentoring and writing retreat) 2nd prize £500 3rd prize £250 Special prize £250 for best poem by an unpublished woman poet

DEADLINE: 7 DECEMBER 2020

www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions competitions@mslexia.co.uk 0191 204 8860

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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. If a poem is longer than one page, number the pages. Write the title on the same sheet as the poem. ◗ Your poems will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on the page with your poems. ◗ If entering by post, please print out and complete the submission form on our website (www.mslexia.co.uk/ competitions). ◗ 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 their magazine and on their 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 in other competitions 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 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 on our website (www.mslexia.co.uk), 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, please 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. ◗ Entry fees must be in pounds sterling. For overseas entries, international online 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 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 session 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 session. ◗ 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. DEADLINE: 7 DECEMBER 2020

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