Magma Poetry Competition
Magma’s 2021/22 poetry competitions are now open for your prize-winning long and short poems.
We are very excited to announce that Marvin Thompson is the judge for the Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines and he will be reading all entries – there are no sifters. The Editors’ Prize is judged by a panel of Magma Editors and is for poems of up to 10 lines. The prize money for both competitions is the same, so double your chances and try your luck at both.
Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in south Wales. He is the winner of the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, 2020. He was the first poet of colour to win since 1981.
His debut poetry collection, Road Trip (Peepal Tree Press, 2020), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. It was also shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award.
The Guardian described Road Trip as an ‘invigorating journey through the complexities of black British family life.’ The Telegraph selected Road Trip as one of the Poetry Books of the Year for 2020.
First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150. The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma and there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in Spring 2022.
The entry fees are £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. You can subscribe to Magma from £18.50 via our Get Magma page. The competition closes on 14 January 2022.
HOW TO ENTER
The quickest and easiest way to enter is via submittable. You’ll be able to upload your poem entries from 1 September 2021 to 14 January 2022, and pay the appropriate entry fee securely by PayPal.
Alternatively, you can post your poems with the completed Magma Competition 2021/22 Entry Form together with your payment.
The entry fees are £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Payment must be made in sterling, by cheque or money order payable to “Magma Poetry” for postal entries, and via PayPal for online entries. (PayPal can process payments by card as well as from PayPal accounts.)
To subscribe to the magazine, and to take advantage of the reduced price entry to the competition, visit our Get Magma page. You’ll find the latest information about the magazine here, and you’ll be able to purchase a subscription online. Alternatively, please send a cheque for £18.95 payable to “Magma Poetry” for a year’s subscription (3 issues) to the print magazine, to Magma Distribution, 27 Well Street, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4AX.
POSTAL ENTRIES: Please enclose a Completed Entry form. Each poem must be on a separate sheet. Poems longer than one page must give their title on the second page and the pages should be stapled together. Do not include your name or any other identifying marks on the poems themselves. Postal entries with payment should be sent to: Magma Competition, 27b Jerningham Road, London, SE14 5NQ.
Payment must be made in sterling, by cheque or money order payable to “Magma Poetry”.
No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
All poems must be previously unpublished.
The judge’s and editors’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize in each section.
Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to substitute an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet.
Prizewinners will be notified individually in March 2022. The results will also be published on the Magma Poetry website after the prize-giving event.
Copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Magma Poetry has the right to first publication of the winning poems in print and/or online within six months of the competition deadline.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification.