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. 10 poems must be entered, each on one side of A4. Or if submitting a sample of a sequence of poems or one long poem they should not exceed 10 sides of A4.
4. There should be no more than thirty lines per side of A4.
5. All entries should be formatted for printing on A4 paper and must be typed, double-spaced (12pt, Times New Roman preferred) and on one side of paper only. Each poem must be typed on a separate page.
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. Collaborations between two poets, or between a poet and an artist are eligible. Works produced by more than two individuals are not eligible.
11. Permanent or contract employees of the Poetry School and Pighog Press and their families are not eligible to enter the competition. Individuals who have taught for the Poetry School are eligible to enter.
12. 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.
13. If you would like receipt of your poems acknowledged please enclose a stamped self addressed envelope with sufficient postage.
14. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form. The entry form can be photocopied if required.
15. No entries will be returned so please keep a copy of your poems.
16. Entries with insufficient postage will be disqualified.
17. Entries without the required payment in full will be disqualified.
18. Entry fees are non-refundable.
19. Entry fee: Entry costs £10 per entry for:
A Poetry School Students who have attended a course or workshop since 1 January 2010 or who have attended or booked a course by the competition closing date (31 January 2013)
B Anyone who has purchased a Pighog publication from the Pighog website (www.pighog.co.uk) since 1st January 2012.
Entry costs £15 for anyone not in Category A or B.
20. Enter online at http://www.poetryschool.com/pamphletcompetition.php, and follow the onscreen instructions
21. Enter by post by completing the 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, London SE11 6DX
22. The closing date is 31 January 2013. All entries must be postmarked that day or before to be eligible. Online entries must be received by midnight on 30 January 2013.
23. The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
24. The judges are Julia Bird and Brendan Cleary. More information about the judges can be found on the Poetry School and Pighog Press websites.
25. The first prize will be publication of a limited edition pamphlet by Pighog Press and 40 complimentary copies. 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 www.pighog.co.uk for more information.
26. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by 22 February 2013. The shortlist will appear on the Poetry School and Pighog Press 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 Press. 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. If in the unlikely event that in the judges' opinion no collection merits publication, then no prize will be awarded.
30. The competition organisers reserve the right to alter these rules at any time.
31. Entry indicates an acceptance of these rules. Entries failing to meet all of these rules will be disqualified.