Magma Poetry Competition


Magma’s Poetry Competition runs annually and 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 eligible 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.


2015 Magma Judge’s Prize Winners – judged by Daljit Nagra

First prize -  Lucy Ingrams, ‘Thinking with Goya’s They Descend Quarrelling
Second prize - Maya Popa, ‘You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave’
Third prize - Soul Patel, ‘Skiing’

2015 Editors’ Prize Winners judged by a panel of recent Magma Editors:

First prize - Maggie Smith, ‘Weep Up’
Second prize - Paul Bregazzi, ‘Trajectory’
Third prize - Barbara Hickson, ‘Succinct’

The winning poems were awarded £1,000, £3,00 and £150 respectively.


Special mentions (in no particular order) for the Judge’s Prize are:

Olimpia has a Problem with Shoes by Kathleen Jones
SONG by Robert Hamberger
I put apple by Mario Petrucci
Tiresias by Lesley Saunders
Confession by Rebecca Watts

Special mentions (in no particular order) for the Editors’ Prize are:

As Above, So Below by Neil Ferguson
Last Light by Simon Richey
Soaking in Vinegar by Catherine Edmunds
With Feathers by Polly Atkin
Ai Wewei’s Memory Test by Louise Vale


Read more about the prize-winners and the prize-giving event at Keats House on the Magma Blog.

All winning poems will be published in Magma 65, due out in Summer 2016.



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