Deadline 1st March 2017

Who may enter The competition is open to anyone.

Description The competition is organised by The Poetry Busines, a poetry publisher and writer development agency.

You may submit a collections of 20 to 24 pages of poems. Poems may be of any length. The poems should be for adults, in English.

Poems may have been published elsewhere, but must not have previously appeared as a published collection.

The competition will be judged by Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati.

Entry fee £28 for each entry

Prizes First stage winners will have a pamphlet published and receive an equal share of the £2,000 cash prize, whether or not they choose to enter the second stage. First stage winners may choose to enter the second stage by submitting an extended manuscript (another 30-plus pages) at no extra charge, within one month of being asked. The final winner will have a book published, but not a pamphlet.


Enroll here.


The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize

The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to International Book & Pamphlet Competition.

The competition judges will shortlist 12 poems from all manuscripts entered into the main competition. These will be published on The Poetry Business’ website, The Wordsworth Trust’s website, and in a handsome leaflet that will and widely distributed shortly after the main competition winners are announced. Readers will vote for a first, second and third prize winner. The votes will be counted an announced in late Spring 2017.

The three prize winners will be awarded cash prizes and will be invited to read a selection of their work alongside the winners of the main competition at the Wordsworth Trust. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winning poems, will be published in the North magazine in 2017.
1st Prize: £1000
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £50

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