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The Magma Open Pamphlet Competition 2018

Deadline: 25 September 2018















Magma is celebrating its 25thanniversary next year and in the run-up to this milestone we are inviting you to enter our first ever pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published and a celebratory launch reading in 2019.

1stprize: publication of the winning pamphlet + launch reading.

Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback. The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in Magma.All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on our website.

Deadline: Tuesday 25thSeptember 2018

Judge: Magma Editors

Competition Rules

Your pamphlet

  • Please send us 18-24 pages of poems.
  • Poems should be typed in single spacing on one side of A4 paper and in a font size of 12.
  • Start each poem on a new page. Maximum 40 lines per page.  If you include a poem sequence in which the poems are 14 lines long or less, then you may put two on a page.
  • All poems must be your original work. They may have been published in magazines (paper or online) and anthologies but not in a pamphlet or collection.
  • Poems must be in the English language or any of its dialects. They must be for adults and must not be translations of someone else’s work.
  • Your pamphlet must have a title which should appear on each page. Please do a front page with the pamphlet title and list of contents.
  • Entries must be anonymous. Please don’t put your name or contact details on any of the pages. And don’t give us any other information (e.g. magazine credits).
  • If submitting by post: please send us two copies of your front page. Both copies should show the pamphlet title and a contents list.  One copy only should also contain your contact details: name, address, email, phone number.
  • If submitting through Submittable: please put the title of your pamphlet in the title box; do not include your name. In the contact details box list your name, address, email, phone number.  The document you upload may be a Pdf; Word .doc or .docx.
  • Anyone may enter unless they advise or work for Magma.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please let us know straight away if your pamphlet has been accepted elsewhere. The fee is not refundable.
  • No changes can be made once you have submitted the pamphlet.
  • We won’t return your pamphlet so please keep a copy.

How to Enter

  • The deadline is midnight UK time on Tuesday 25 September. Postal entries postmarked on that date will be accepted.  Submittable users: we recommend you enter well before the deadline to avoid any technical problems arising from a last-minute rush.
  • Entry costs £22, or £16 if you are a Magma subscriber. Non-subscribers may pay the subscribers’ rate if they take out a subscription when they enter:
  • Payment must be in pounds sterling.
  • If entering by post, you may download our entry form here. Send your poems to: Magma (Pamphlet Competition), 3 Falkland Avenue, Finchley, London, N3 1QR, England. Enclose a cheque made out to Magma Poetry. Please make sure you’ve put enough stamps on the letter.
  • If entering Online,Please go to our Submittable page and follow the instructions. You will be given the option to pay either by credit card or by PayPal.
  • If entering from outside the UK it’s probably easier to enter online; PayPal will convert your fee to pounds sterling. But if you wish to enter by post from abroad you may do so provided you are able to include a cheque in pounds sterling.
  • You may enter as many pamphlets as you like.

Judging and Results

  • Entries will be read by a panel of Magma Editors’ to decide on a shortlist of 10.
  • The Magma board will choose the winning pamphlet. A paragraph of feedback will be provided to all 10 poets.
  • The winner and shortlisted poets will be contacted in November/December 2018.
  • The winning pamphlet will be published by Magma in early 2019. Copyright will remain with the author. Magma will have the right to use any of the poems for publicity.
  • Magma will hold a launch in London. We’d expect the winner to help with organisation and publicity for this.
  • A poem from the winning pamphlet and one each from three shortlisted pamphlets will be published in Magma magazine.These poems will also be published on our website, along with a poem from each of the other shortlisted pamphlets.

Enter Online: go to Magma Poetry Submittable page

Enter by Post: download Magma Competition Leaflet and Printable Entry Form

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