Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Submissions for our annual poetry pamphlet prize will open on 1st August 2020. This year, the prize will be judged by Carrie Etter.

American expatriate Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught at Bath Spa University since 2004, where she is Reader in Creative Writing. She has published four collections, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Individual poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Poetry Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals and anthologies internationally. She also writes essays, short fiction, and reviews.

The winning pamphlet will be published by Paper Swans Press and the poet will receive 20 free copies plus £30 prize money. Entries cost £10 and are non-refundable.

Submissions accepted: 1st August – 13th September 2020

To enter:

(from 1st August 2020)

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. 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.

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