Magma Competition

Magma’s 2013 Poetry Competition is now OPEN FOR ENTRIES

The entry period for the 2013 Poetry Competition runs until 12 December 2013.

The competition has two contests:

Magma Judge’s Prize 

For a poem of 13 to 80 lines.  All poem entries of 13 to 80 lines will be entered for the Judge’s Prize which this year will be judged by award-winning poet Philip Gross.  Philip Gross is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan.  He won the 2009 T S Eliot Prize with The Water Table (Bloodaxe) and the 2010 Wales Book of the Year award with I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon).

First Prize £1,000

Second Prize £300

Third Prize £150

Magma Editors’ Prize

This celebrates the short poem and is open to poems of up to 12 lines. The Magma Editors’ Prize reflects the magazine’s unique rotating editorship and poems of up to 12 lines will be judged by a panel of Magma Editors comprising Julia Bird, Rob Mackenzie, Ian McEwen, Laurie Smith and Karen McCarthy Woolf.  The panel will select a range of poems for ‘special mentions’ as well as choosing first and second prize winners.

First prize £1,000

Second Prize £300

Plus 10 Special Mentions £15 each

As part of the prize, all 15 winners will have their poems published in our Spring Issue 2014 and be invited to read alongside Philip Gross at Magma’s prize-giving event early next year.

The 15 winning poems from the 2012 competition are published in Magma 55 and were celebrated in front of an enthusiastic audience at RADA’s Studio Theatre in February this year.

How to Enter

Competition Entry Period: 16 October 2013 to 12 December 2013

The quickest and easiest way to enter the competition is online before midnight on 12 December 2013.  Your poem(s) will need to be attached in a Word document or docx file.  Once you have completed the entry form and attached your poem(s) you will be directed to make your secure online payment via PayPal.  (PayPal can process payments by card as well as from PayPal accounts.)  Click here to complete online entry form.

Entries are also welcome by post until 12 December, and full details for postal entries are found in the Rules here.

Postal entry forms can be downloaded here.

Competition Entry Fees: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3 for the third and each subsequent poem.  Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2 for the third and each subsequent poem.

To subscribe to the print magazine and take up the offer of reduced entry fees, click here.

Full Rules for the Competition are found here.

We look forward to receiving your entry. Good luck!

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