Poetry Pamphlet Prize


Submissions for our annual poetry pamphlet prize are now open. This year, the prize will be judged by Carole Bromley.

The winning pamphlet will be published by Paper Swans Press and the poet will receive 10 free copies plus £30 prize money. Entries cost £10 and are non-refundable.

Submissions accepted: 1st April – 31st May 2022

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.


*  Open for single-author pamphlets only.
*  Please send us 18-24 poems. Poems should be typed in single spacing and in a font size 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 including:

  • The pamphlet title and contents
  • Your name and email
  • A short biography
  • A short description of your pamphlet theme/focus

*  IMPORTANT —  make the name of your document the name of the pamphlet.
*  All poems must be your original work. Up to 3 individual poems may have been published in magazines, websites and anthologies, but not in a pamphlet or collection. Poems must predominantly 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.

Carole Bromley was born in 1948 in Middlesbrough, UK

Her poems have been widely published in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry News, The North, Magma, Mslexia, The Rialto, Strix, Coast to Coast to Coast and Butcher’s Dog and she has twice been a winner in the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition. She has two pamphlets, Unscheduled Halt(2004) and Skylight (2009) and three collections, A Guided Tour of the Ice House (2011), The Stonegate Devil (October, 2015) and Blast Off (for 7-10 year olds) with Smith/Doorstop Books, Sheffield.

Her next collection, The Peregrine Falcons of York Minster, will be published in 2020 by Valley Press and a new pamphlet of poems about her recent experience of brain surgery, Sodium 136, by Calder Valley Poetry.

Individual poems have won a number of first prizes, including the Bridport, the Yorkshire Open, Torbay, Poetry Space and the Bronte Society Literary Prize. In 2019 she was awarded the Hamish Canham Prize by the Poetry Society. She has been placed in the following competitions: Hippocrates, Keats Shelley, Torriano, Manchester Cathedral, Elmet, Ilkley, Barnet, Northampton, Mslexia, Big Issue in the North, Grey Hen, Poetry on the Lake, Plough, Housman Society, Whiteadder Press, Staple, BT Stay in Touch, Guardian Text Message Poems, Ware, New Forest, Lancaster Litfest, Arvon, Thomas Hardy Society, Manchester Writing for Children Award, Interpreter’s House, Caterpillar competition for children’s poetry,

Carole was an Arvon/Jerwood mentee in 2010. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and run workshops at Aldeburgh and at the Bridlington and York Poetry Festivals. In 2020 she will perform her children’s poems at the Imagine Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.

Judge of a number of poetry competitions including in 2019 the YorkMix Poems for Children Prize and the Candlestick Press Competition for poems about snow. Carole edited their title, Ten Poems about Snow (Sept 2019)

She has degrees from the Universities of Reading, London and York and an MPhil in Writing from Glamorgan. For many years an English teacher in her home town of York, she taught Creative Writing at York University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning for fifteen years.

Carole is also the Poetry Society’s stanza rep for York and a large group of poets from a wide area meet at her home every month to share their work. She is an Arvon tutor, runs poetry surgeries for The Poetry Society and is a mentor with The Poetry School. She is available for readings and workshops in schools and at festivals.

She is married with four children and thirteen grandchildren and has lived in York for forty years.

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