Deadline 1st March

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The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition 

The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition 

Judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine

Incorporating The Laureate's Prize judged by Carol Ann Duffy 

Deadline: last post on Thursday 1st March 2018, or midnight on Thursday 1st March 2018 for online entrants.

Prizes: publication by smith|doorstop; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress and more.

The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 32nd International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine is now open for entries.


Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint smith|doorstop books.

All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books.

All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which if successful, will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018.

Full-price entry is £28. Subscribers to the North, Friends of the Poetry Business, and members of the Poetry Society are eligible for the discounted fee of £25. All entrants will also receive a 20% off discount code for the Inpress Books website at www.inpressbooks.co.uk.

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online.

Incorporating The Laureate's Prize judged by Carol Ann Duffy

This year's competition includes the launch of The Laureate's Prize - a new single poem prize that will be run as part of the 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 

All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 

The competition judges will shorlitst sixteen poems from all manuscripts entered into the main competition. A first, second and third prize winner will be chosen by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. 

Three winners will be awarded prizes of £500 (1st prize), £200 (2nd prize), and £50 (3rd prize) respectively.

The winners will also be invited to read a selection of their work alongside the winners of our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition at The Wordsworth Trust. 

The three winning poems will be published in the North magazine in 2018. 


Full details and how to enter can be found on The Poetry Business website: www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition