Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Richard SkinnerSubmissions for our annual poetry pamphlet prize are now open. This year, the prize will be judged by Richard Skinner.

Richard Skinner is a writer working across fiction, life writing, essays, non-fiction and poetry. He has published three novels with Faber & Faber, three books of non-fiction and three books of poetry. His work has been nominated for prizes and is published in eight languages. Richard is Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy.

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 April – 30th June 2019


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 including:

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

Please don’t put your name or contact details on any of the poem 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, 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.

To enter:

(from 1st April 2019)

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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