Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Submissions are open for our annual poetry pamphlet prize, judged by Abegail Morley. Read more about Abegail here. The winning pamphlet will be published by Paper Swans Press and the poet will receive 15 copies plus £30 prize money. Entries cost £10 and are non-refundable.

We have been thrilled with the success of our previous winners: Elisabeth Sennitt Clough’s Glass won Best Pamphlet at the Saboteur Awards 2017 and Paul Stephenson’s Selfie with Waterlilies has undergone great acclaim — Paul has gone on to many more successes and was recently announced as curator of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival.


Submissions accepted: 1st March – 30th June 2018


*  Open for single-author pamphlets only.
*  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, with each poem on a new page.
*  Your pamphlet must have a title which should appear in the header of each page. Please include a front page with your name and email, the pamphlet title and contents. Please don’t put your name or contact details on any of the following pages.
*  IMPORTANT —  make the name of your document the name of the pamphlet.
*  All poems must be your original work. Individual poems may have been published in magazines and anthologies but not in a pamphlet or collection. Poems must be in the English language.
*  Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please let us know immediately if your pamphlet has been accepted elsewhere. The fee is not refundable. No changes can be made once you have submitted the pamphlet. If no pamphlet submitted is to the required standard, submissions will rollover to a second call.

To enter:

Click here to go to our shop to select Poetry Pamphlet Prize and checkout as normal. This will also give us your details for cross-reference with your email submission. Send your submission to submissions@paperswans.co.uk with the subject as Pamphlet Prize.

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