Ends on September 16, 2019

£10.00 GBP

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.


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Unpublished Prize: £250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.


  • 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 If the poems are accepted for publication or another prize within the duration of this competition they must be withdrawn.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.