Magma Poetry Competition

The Magma Poetry Competition 2014/15 is now CLOSED for entries

Why not join us for a celebratory evening with Magma Competition judge and special guest Jo Shapcott at Keats House on Friday March 27th, 7-8.30pm, when the winners of the 2014/15 Magma Competition will read their prizewinning poems.

Venue: Nightingale Room, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR (nearest station: Hampstead Heath Overground / ten minutes walk from Hampstead tube station)

Doors open 6.30 pm. FREE admission includes a glass of wine, but donations welcome. *MUST RSVP* via Eventbrite to reserve and confirm a place prior to event, as seats are limited and to be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please direct any queries to

Magma Judge’s Prize

Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen’s  Gold Medal for Poetry in 2011. She has a string of prizes to her name, including the Costa Prize for her latest collection, Of Mutability (Faber 2010).  Jo teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway and also for the Faber Academy.

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 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.

First prize £1,000
Second Prize £300
Plus 10 Special Mentions £15 each

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

How to Enter

Competition Entry Period: 1 September and closes on 19 January 2015

The quickest and easiest way to enter the competition will be online. From 1 September to 19 January you will be able to make secure online payment via PayPal. (PayPal can process payments by card as well as from PayPal accounts.)

Entries are also welcome by post from 1 September to 19 January, and full details for postal entries are found in the Rules here. To download an entry form for postal entries click here. To enter your poems online click here.

Competition Entry Fees: £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.

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. Click here to enter your poems online.




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