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Monday, May 2, 2011

Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2011

The prizes for this are great.  2000 pounds sterling to the winner and a weekend writing retreat, 400 for 2nd and 200 for 3rd prize.  20 other finalists will recieve 25 pounds and all winning poems will be published in Mslexia magazine, October, November and December issues.  So it's well worth taking a shot and entering if you have a spare, really good poem or maybe you have one up your sleeve waiting to be written.  The judge is Jo Shapcott and she says that she would like to read "poems which, as Emily Dickinson famously said, make me feel as if the top of my head is taken off."  Oh yes no problem, I have one in the oven that is quite so. :s

The entry fee is 7 pounds sterling for up to three poems, again not bad at all.  The closing date is 18th July.  Poems can be in any style, of any length and on any subject.  Poems should be doubled spaced on A4 pages.  If entering by post put your name, address and details on a separate piece of paper as the poems are judged anonymously.  You can enter online too.  Follow the instructions carefully at

or post to:

Women's Poetry Competition
Mslexia Publications Ltd.
PO Box 656,
Freepost NEA5566,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1BR.

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