Mslexia poetry competition workshops

The deadline for the Mslexia Poetry Competition is coming up fast – 18 July – and in order to help people write poems to enter, they’ve provided a specially-commissioned series of Jane Holland poetry writing workshops on their website for free.

Invaluable for both experienced writers and those who have never written a poem before, click here to find the first of three workshops – two others can be accessed from that section of the Mslexia website, along with wide range of other writing exercises.

Eco-pod accommodation at Cove Park

The judge for this year’s competition is Jo Shapcott. First Prize is is £2,000 plus a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park and a mentoring afternoon with whoever’s editing Poetry Review after the current bout of handbags at the Poetry Society is done and dusted.

Second Prize is £400, Third gets £200, and 20 other finalists will receive £25.00 each. All winning poems will appear in issue 51 of Mslexia, published in October 2011

Entry fee is £7.00 for up to three poems. See more information on rules and how to enter on Mslexia’s website.

If poetry’s not your thing, try the Mslexia Novel Writing Competition instead.