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The Poetry School / Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2013-14

Following the success of last year’s competition, we are delighted to present the second Poetry School / Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition.

First Prize: Publication by Pighog Press and 40 copies of the pamphlet

4 Runners up: a free place on a Poetry School activity

Judges: Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith

Closing date for initial entries: 31 January 2014

After initial judging, shortlisted poets will be asked to submit complete pamphlet collections for final adjudication.

Both organisations believe that pamphlet publishing is vital to poetry and are delighted to be continuing this partnership and competition, encouraging poets to explore the potentials of the genre and create innovative and imaginative new work.

Entrance guidelines

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over writing poetry in English anywhere in the world. Initially entrants are invited to submit ten poems (or ten sides of poetry on A4, not more than 30 lines per side) for consideration by the judges by 31 January 2014.

The judges will select a shortlist of up to twelve poets by 28 March 2014. Short-listed poets will be asked to submit complete pamphlet collections by 26 May 2014 for final judging. Shortlisted poets will also be invited to read at an event in Brighton on 26 June 2014, when the winner will be announced.

What the judges think…

‘Pamphlets reflect the art and craft of compression. A pamphlet may be small, but it should be beautifully formed – each poem must deserve its place, because it has been lovingly crafted, with something important to say. I love pamphlets that have a sure sense of themselves, a necessity, an urgency. I like to be surprised, seduced, shaken out of my comfort zone.’Catherine Smith

‘For me, a good pamphlet is a bit like a good jazz number. I’ll be looking and listening for a collection with a strong yet flexible rhythm section; some exciting melodic lines; passages of improvisation; and a feeling of organic, but never laboured, coherence.’Simon Barraclough

How to enter

You can enter online at:

Alternatively you can enter by post by downloading the entry form  from the Poetry School and Pighog websites.

Please send your completed entry form, together with your poems and a cheque for the correct amount made payable to ‘The Poetry School’ to:

The Poetry School

81 Lambeth Walk

London, SE11 6DX

Please only submit your poems once. If you have difficulty downloading the entry form or uploading your poems, please contact the Poetry School on +44 (0)207 582 1679.

Please make sure you submit your poems with the appropriate entry fee.

Please read the full rules carefully and make sure that your entry meets the requirements.

Entry fee

You are entitled to pay the reduced entry fee of £10 if you have either:

a) attended a Poetry School course or workshop since 1 January 2011 or you have attended or booked a course by the competition closing date (30 January 2014)

b) have purchased a Pighog publication from the Pighog website since 1st January 2013

If you do not qualify for either of the above the entry fee is £15

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