Set up by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 ‘to propagate the art of poetry’, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society, providing information, reviews and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for an international community of readers.

Our Poet Selectors choose the best new poetry collection of the quarter, which is sent to full members as part of their membership. All members also receive the Bulletin, the quarterly review of new poetry, which contains the Poet Selectors' reviews of the Choice and Recommendations and the selected poets' comments on their own work.

We accept submissions from PUBLISHERS for the following quarterly categories: Choice, Recommendation & Special Commendation, Recommended Translation, Wild Card and Pamphlet Choice. If your book is selected as one of our seasonal choices or recommendations, it will be sent to our members in a future mailing. Please click on the relevant category and read the full guidelines for further information.

Women's Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions

The PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry and Pamphlet competitions will be open below from the 1st of June to the 16th of September. All writers identifying as women are invited to submit their poems to these categories. 


Ends on September 16, 2019£10.00
£10.00

The 2019 Women's Poetry Competition is now open for the second year of partnership between Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society.

Entries are open until the 15th of September 2019, for all poets who identify as women, of any nationality, writing in the English language or English dialect. Please find our terms and conditions below. You may submit one to three poems for the entry fee of £10. You may make multiple submissions by filling out this form again if you wish to submit more.  Please fill out the 'Women's Pamphlet Competition 2019' form if you wish to submit a pamphlet.

Prizes

1st Prize: £2,000, plus optional mentoring and a writing retreat kindly supported by Cove Park.

2nd Prize: £400

3rd Prize: £250

Runners-up: £25

Unpublished Prize: £250

Terms & Conditions (Condensed)

How to Enter:

To enter online, please confirm your contact details, and then scroll back down to fill out the submission form. You may upload up to three poems as separate word or .pdf documents, with no more than 1 poem per document. Please do not include your name on the documents, including the file name, but please include the title. For other entry options and to contact us, click here.

Eligibility:

  • Poets identifying as women, of any nationality, writing in English or English dialect are invited to submit. Poems may be on any subject, and of any length.
  • The poems must be your own work. They may not be translations of another poet's work.
  • They must not have been previously published or accepted for publication in print or online by a third party, or self-published in a commercial work. If the poems are accepted for publication or another prize within the duration of this competition they must be withdrawn.

To view the full terms and conditions click here or on the 'Terms of Use' link when you fill out the following form. Click here for our FAQs.

Ends on September 16, 2019£20.00
£20.00

The 2019 Women's Pamphlet Competition is now open for the second year of partnership between Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society.


Entries are open until the 15th of September 2019, for all poets who identify as women, of any nationality, writing in the English language or English dialect. Please find our terms and conditions below. You may submit one pamphlet of up to 24 pages and 20 poems for £20. You may submit multiple pamphlets by filling out this form again. Single poems included in this pamphlet may be simultaneously submitted to the 'Women's Poetry Competition 2019'.


Prize

The winning pamphlet will be published by Seren Books in 2020, and will additionally receive £250.


Terms & Conditions (Condensed)


How to Enter:
To enter online, please confirm your contact details, and then scroll back down to fill out the submission form. You may upload one word or .pdf document containing up to 24 pages of up to 20 poems. If one page contains more than 40 lines of poetry, please continue the poem on a new page. Please do not include your name on the document, but please include the pamphlet title, a contents page, and number the pages. For other entry options and to contact us, click here.

Eligibility:

  • Poets identifying as women, of any nationality, writing in English or English dialect are invited to submit. The pamphlet may be on any subject.
  • The poems must be your own work. They may not be translations of another poet's work.
  • The pamphlet as a whole must not have been previously published or accepted for publication in any form. The poems inside must not have been previously published or accepted for publication in a full collection or pamphlet consisting solely of the submitter's own poetry by a third party, or self-published in a commercial work. They may, however, have been previously published within a magazine, anthology, online or otherwise.
  • Simultaneous submissions of a pamphlet collection are allowed, provided the winning poet withdraws her work from consideration in other competitions immediately upon notification of success in the Mslexia/PBS competition.
  • The poet must not have previously had a full-length poetry collection published by a third party, or self-published in a commercial work.

To view the full terms and conditions click here or on the 'Terms of Use' link when you fill out the following form.  Click here for our FAQs. 

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