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.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.