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Magma is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year and in the run-up to this milestone we are inviting you to enter our first ever pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published and a celebratory launch reading in 2019.  

1st prize: publication of the winning pamphlet + launch reading.

Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback. The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in Magma. All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on our website.  

Deadline: Tuesday 25th September 2018  

Judge: Magma Editors’

Competition rules

Your pamphlet

·  Please send us 18-24 pages of poems.

·  Poems should be typed in single spacing on one side of A4 paper and in a font size of 12.  

·  Start each poem on a new page.  Maximum 40 lines per page.  If you include a poem sequence in which the poems are 14 lines long or less, then you may put two on a page.  

·  All poems must be your original work.  They may have been published in magazines (paper or online) and anthologies but not in a pamphlet or collection.  

·  Poems must be in the English language or any of its dialects. They must be for adults and must not be translations of someone else’s work.  

·  Your pamphlet must have a title which should appear on each page.  Please do a front page with the pamphlet title and list of contents.  

·  Entries must be anonymous.  Please DO NOT put your name or contact details on any of the pages.  And don’t give us any other information (e.g. magazine credits).

·  If submitting through Submittable: please put the title of your pamphlet in the title box; do not include your name.  In the contact details box list your name, address, email, phone number.  The document you upload may be a Pdf; Word .doc or .docx.

·  Anyone may enter unless they advise or work for Magma. 

·  Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please let us know straight away if your pamphlet has been accepted elsewhere.  The fee is not refundable.

·  No changes can be made once you have submitted the pamphlet.

·  We won’t return your pamphlet so please keep a copy.  

How to enter

·  The deadline is midnight UK time on Tuesday 25 September. 

·  Entry costs £22, or £16 if you are a Magma subscriber. Non-subscribers may pay the subscribers’ rate if they take out a subscription when they enter: https://magmapoetry.com/buy-magma/

·  Payment must be in pounds sterling.  

·  You may enter as many pamphlets as you like.


Judging and Results

·  Entries will be read by a panel of Magma Editors’ to decide on a shortlist of 10.

·  The Magma board will choose the winning pamphlet. A paragraph of feedback will be provided to all 10 poets.

·  The winner and shortlisted poets will be contacted in November/December 2018.  

·  The winning pamphlet will be published by Magma in early 2019. Copyright will remain with the author.  Magma will have the right to use any of the poems for publicity.  

·  Magma will hold a launch in London.  We’d expect the winner to help with organisation and publicity for this. 

·  A poem from the winning pamphlet and one each from three shortlisted pamphlets will be published in Magma magazine.  These poems will also be published on our website, along with a poem from each of the other shortlisted pamphlets.