Magma Poetry Competition

Magma’s Poetry Competition has two contests, one for short poems of up to 10 lines, and one for poems of 11 to 50 lines. Poems of 11 to 50 lines will be judged by Daljit Nagra for the Judge’s Prize. Poems of up to 10 lines will be entered for the Editors’ Prize and, reflecting Magma’s unique rotating editorship, will be judged by a panel of Magma editors.

Magma Judge’s Prize

Daljit Nagra was born in London in 1966. He has been widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting poetic voices of his generation for his collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! which won the prestigious Forward poetry prize in 2007. His most recent book is a version of the Ramayana.

First Prize £1,000
Second Prize £300
Third Prize £150

Plus 5 Special Mentions

Magma Editors’ Prize

This celebrates the short poem and is open to poems of up to 10 lines. The Magma Editors’ Prize reflects the magazine’s unique rotating editorship and poems of up to 10 lines will be judged by a panel of Magma Editors who will select a range of poems for ‘special mentions’ as well as choosing first and second prize winners.

The competition is open for receipt of entries from 1 September 2015 to 18 January 2016.

First Prize £1,000
Second Prize £300
Third Prize £150

Plus 5 Special Mentions

In addition to receiving attractive cash prizes, winners will be invited to read at Magma’s prize-giving event in Spring 2015. The six prize winning entries will be published in the magazine.

Competition rules

The competition is open to anyone, including non-UK residents, except Magma Poetry Board members and their families.

Poems may be on any subject, and must be in English and your own original work. They must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, broadcast, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time.

Online Entries

The quickest and easiest way to enter is online via Wufoo. You’ll be able to upload your poem entries from 1 September 2015 to 18 January 2016, and pay the appropriate entry fee securely by PayPal.

The entry fees are £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Postal entries

Please enclose a completed entry form available for download here. Each poem must be typed in black in single spacing on A4 white paper on one side of the paper only. Each poem must be on a separate sheet. Poems longer than one page must give their title on the second page and the pages should be stapled together. Do not include your name or any other identifying marks on the poems themselves. Send entries to “Magma, 31 Dagmar Road, London, N4 4NY”.

Payment must be made in sterling, by cheque or money order payable to “Magma Poetry”.


No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.

The judge’s and editors’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize.

Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to substitute an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet.

Prizewinners will be notified individually before 31 March 2016 . The results will also be published on the Magma Poetry website after the prize-giving event.

Copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Magma Poetry has the right to first publication of the winning poems in print and/or online within six months of the competition deadline.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification.

Good luck!

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