Publication by Pighog, and 40 complimentary copies of the pamphlet

4 Runners up:
a free place on a Poetry School activity

Catherine Smith and Simon Barraclough

Open for initial entries:
From 14th October 2013

Closing date for initial entries:
31 January 2014

Pamphlet publishing is vital to poetry. For a second year The Poetry School and Pighog have come together to promote this pamphlet competition, encouraging poets to explore the potentials of the genre and create innovative and imaginative new work.

Entrance guidelines
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over, writing poetry in English anywhere in the world. Initially, entrants are invited to submit ten poems (or ten sides of poetry on A4). Each entry should be a collection of exciting work that refreshes and challenges the poetry pamphlet genre. Submissions should be no more than 300 lines in total, averaging 30 lines per poem over 10 poems.

The judges will select a shortlist of up to twelve poets by 28 March 2014. Short-listed poets will be asked to submit complete pamphlet collections by 26 May 2014 for final judging. Shortlisted poets will also be invited to read at an event in Brighton on 26 June 2014, when the winner will be announced.

How to enter
Enter online via the Submittable website. Enter by post by completing the attached entry form which can also be downloaded in Word or PDF format from the Poetry School and Pighog websites.


Please send your completed entry form, together with your poems and a cheque for the correct amount made payable to 'The Poetry School' to:

The Poetry School
81 Lambeth Walk
SE11 6DX.

Please only submit your poems once. If you have difficulty downloading the entry form or uploading your poems, please contact the Poetry School on +44 (0)207 582 1679.

Please make sure you submit your poems with the appropriate entry fee. Please read the full rules carefully and make sure that your entry meets the requirements.

Submit your poems here.


1. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 (at the time of submitting their poems) writing in English anywhere in the world – whether previously published or not.

2. All entries must be written in English and be the original work of the entrant. Translations are not eligible.

3. A maximum of 10 poems should be submitted. Poems should be typed on single sides of A4. Each submission should be no more than 300 lines in total.

4. Entrants can submit 10 x 30 line poems, 1 x 300 line poem or any combination in between, as long as each submission is no more than 10 A4 sides / 300 lines long.

5. All entries should be formatted for printing on A4 paper and must be typed, 12pt, Times New Roman, and on one side of paper only.

6. Entries are judged anonymously. Your submission should include a cover page with the title of your pamphlet and the titles of your poems. Please do not enter your name or any personal identifying marks on your coversheet. The poem sheets themselves should include the title but no other identifying marks. You must also enter your poem titles and pamphlet collection title in the spaces provided on your online or printed entry forms.

7. Your pamphlet entry will not be eligible if it has won another competition or if it is largely similar to a collection of your own that has won a competition.

8 . Complete pamphlets must not have been published previously whether in print, online or broadcast on radio or TV. Individual poems may have been published.

9. Simultaneous submission of your pamphlet collection to other competitions is permitted, provided you withdraw your collection from consideration elsewhere once you have been notified of your success in the Poetry School / Pighog competition. Similarly, you must withdraw from this competition immediately upon achieving success in another competition.

10. Pamphlet collections which were submitted for the 2013 competition are eligible for the 2014 competition.

11. Collaborations between two poets, or between a poet and an artist are eligible. Works produced by more than two individuals are not eligible.

12. Permanent or contract employees of the Poetry School and Pighog and their families are not eligible to enter the competition. Individuals who have taught for the Poetry School are eligible to enter.

13. No alterations can be made to poems after submission. Shortlisted poets should not make changes to their original submissions when submitting their full pamphlet collections.

14. If you would like receipt of your poems acknowledged please enclose a stamped self addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

15. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form (online or in print). The entry form can be photocopied if required.

16. No entries will be returned so please keep a copy of your poems.

17. Entries with insufficient postage will be disqualified.

18. Entries without the required payment in full will be disqualified.

19. Entry fees are non-refundable.

20. Entry fee
Entry costs £10 per entry for:

A) Poetry School Students who have attended a course or workshop since 1 January 2011 or who have attended or booked a course by the competition closing date (31 January 2014)

B) Anyone who has purchased a Pighog publication from the Pighog website ( since 1 January 2013

Entry costs £15 for anyone not in Category A or B.

21. Enter online at and follow the onscreen instructions

22. Enter by post by completing the attached entry form which can also be downloaded in Word or PDF format from the Poetry School and Pighog websites. Please send your completed entry form, together with your poems and a cheque or International Money Order for the correct amount made payable to ‘The Poetry School’ to:

Pamphlet Competition,
The Poetry School,
81 Lambeth Walk,
SE11 6DX

23. The closing date is 31 January 2014. All entries must be postmarked that day or before to be eligible. Online entries to Submittable must be received by midnight on 30 January 2014.

24. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

25. The first prize will be publication of a limited edition pamphlet by Pighog and 40 complimentary copies. The winning collection will be edited by the Pighog editorial team in their usual editorial and design process to refine and develop the collection for publication. Four runners up will each receive a free place on a Poetry School course of up to 10 weeks in duration, a one-day workshop or an online course. Places on Poetry School activities are subject to availability and the activity must take place within 12 months of the winners being announced. Poems that in the judges’ opinion have special merit may be included in a Prize anthology. Please see the Pighog website for more information.

26. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by 28 March 2014. The shortlist will appear on the Poetry School and Pighog websites. Shortlisted poets will be asked to submit complete pamphlet collections (including the poems they submitted originally) up to 24 A4 sides in length with no more than 30 lines of poetry per side.

27. Copyright remains with the poet, although the organisers reserve the right to use the winning collection and any related material for PR.

28. Whilst the poet will retain copyright of the poems, the design and layout of the winning published collection will remain with Pighog. Pighog will retain the right to publish additional print and digital editions of the pamphlet and individual poems, which would all be eligible for royalty payments under Pighog’s standard publishing agreement.

29. The judges are Catherine Smith and Simon Barraclough. More information about the judges can be found on the Poetry School and Pighog websites.

30. If in the unlikely event that in the judges’ opinion no collection merits publication, then no prize will be awarded.

31. The competition organisers reserve the right to alter these rules at any time.

32. Entry indicates an acceptance of these rules. Entries failing to meet all of these rules will be disqualified.

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