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Centuries walking the lanes as dust: a cup of tea in the desert,

read the leaves. The kindness of last year’s bib and tuck –

thank ya kindly lady, yous be lucky. [...]

From Bloodlines by SARAH WIMBUSH – 2019 Pamphlet Competition winner

Mslexia Pamphlet Competition 2020

JUDGE: AMY WACK Poetry Editor, Seren Books

1st prize Publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books

DEADLINE: 7 DECEMBER 2020 0191 204 8860

TERMS & CONDITIONS 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 of poetry in total. ◗ Poems must be typed, single-spaced, on A4 pages and in a single document. ◗ Entries are judged anonymously, so please 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 as many 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 reserves 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 rights 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 related material for PR purposes. 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 or 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 winning poet withdraws their work from consideration in other competitions immediately upon notification of success in the Mslexia competition. ◗ You may enter any poem from your pamphlet into our competition for single poems, provided it fulfills the entry requirements. These are separate competitions, so you would need to make a separate entry. Success in one competition will not affect your chance of success in the other competition. ◗ We 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 from 1 September and close at 23.59 GMT on 7 December 2020. ◗ You may enter online at 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 (, 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 pay by cheque (payable to Mslexia Publications Ltd) or by debit/credit card (phone +44 (0) 191 204 8860 with your details). ◗ The £20 entry fee 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 collection is accompanied by the £20 entry fee. ◗ Entry fees must be in pounds sterling. For overseas entries, international online card payments are acceptable. DEADLINE: 7 DECEMBER 2020

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