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Magma 2019/20 Poetry Competition
The Magma 2019/20 Poetry Competition is now open for entries in both categories.

The Judge’s Prize – poems of 11 to 50 lines
The Editors’ Prize – poems of up to 10 lines

 

Award-winning poet Caroline Bird is the judge for the Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines and she will be reading all entries – there are no sifters.

The Editors’ Prize is judged by a panel of Magma Editors and is for poems of up to 10 lines. The prize money for both competitions is the same, so double your chances and try your luck at both.

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Caroline Bird

In the middle of the forest there is an unexpected clearing that can only be found by those who have gotten lost. – Tomas Tranströmer

I think, in every really good poem, there is an unexpected clearing. A moment, however small, the poet didn’t see coming… a realisation stumbled across en-route. Marie Howe said ‘the writing of the poem is an experience, not the record of an experience.’ I want to read poems where an act of discovery has occurred, where the poet has surprised themselves somehow – even just in a very subtle way – during the experience of writing. Often we have a ‘plan’ of how we think our poem will unfold but a poem that goes to plan never reveals anything new, you need the poem to speak back to you, surprise you, expand upon and deviate from the plans you had for it… and that’s how it proves – like a child – its aliveness. Also, I promise I’m not looking for any style in particular so please please write in the style of yourselves. I can’t wait to read your work, thank you for letting me.

Caroline Bird, Judge, Magma Poetry Competition

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First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150. The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma and there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in Spring 2020.

Last year’s winning poems are published in the Work Issue (Issue 74) available here.

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How to enter the Magma 2019/20 Poetry Competition

You may enter via submittable here

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Download and print the Competition Entry Form

 

 

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We are delighted to announce the winners of Magma Poetry Competition 2018/19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judge’s Prize

Judged by Andrew McMillan

First prize:  Inua Ellams – ‘Fuck/Boys’

Second prize: Rowena Warwick Stillborn’

Third prize: Ben Strak – ‘Hangover’


Commended
(in no particular order)

Milena Williamson – ‘On our night out’

Catherine Norris – ‘Break the fast with peaches’

Inessa Rajah – ‘Checklist’

Regina Weinert – ‘Sheffield Fox’

*The fifth commended poem for the Judge’s Prize has since been withdrawn by the poet

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Editors’ Prize

Judged by a panel of Magma Editors

First prize: Derek Hughes – ‘A Strange Boulder’

Second prize: Kathy Pimlott – ‘Entertaining Sammy Davis Jnr in St Ives, 1962

Third prize: Katie Hale – ‘Lanterns’


Commended
(in no particular order)

Ian Patterson – ‘Violin’

Robyn Steely – ‘Still Life with Cigarette’ 

Ken Babstock – ‘Infinite Jump Glitch’

Claire Gallivan – ‘The Text’ 

Barbara Hickson – ‘At Logan Botanic Garden’

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We are delighted to be hosting our Prize Winners’ Reading in the beautiful and atmospheric setting of Exmouth Market Centre in Islington, North London. Book your tickets here

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Magma Poetry Competition 2018-19

The Magma 2018/9 poetry competition is now open for entries in both categories

 

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The Judge’s Prize – poems of 11 to 50 lines

The Editors’ Prize – poems of up to 10 lines

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Award-winning poet Andrew McMillan is the judge for the Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines and he will be reading all entries – there are no sifters.

The Editors’ Prize is judged by a panel of five Magma Editors and is for poems of up to 10 lines. The prize money for both competitions is the same, so double your chances and try your luck at both.

First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150. The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma and there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in Spring 2019.

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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.

PRIZES
Magma Judge’s Prize for a poem of 11-50 lines awarded by Andrew McMillan, who will read all eligible entries. 1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £300; 3rd prize £150. 5 special mentions.

Magma Editors’ Prize for a poem of up to 10 lines awarded by a panel of Magma editors.

1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £300; 3rd prize £150. 5 special mentions.

The competition is open for receipt for entries from 1 September 2018 to 12th January 2019.

ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENT:
You may submit as many poems as you like, accompanied by the appropriate fee. The entry fees are £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Payment must be made in sterling, by cheque or money order payable to “Magma Poetry” for postal entries, and via PayPal for online entries. (PayPal can process payments by cards as well as from PayPal accounts.)

ONLINE ENTRIES:
Enter via Submittable, where you will be able to upload your poem entries and pay the appropriate entry fee securely via PayPal. Full instructions and conditions for online entries will be found at the point of entry.

POSTAL ENTRIES:
Please enclose a completed entry form found either in our competition leaflet, or available to download here. 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 postal entries to: Magma Competition, 1 Winton Avenue, London, N11 2AS.

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

GENERAL: 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 in each section.

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 1 March 2019. 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.

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