The Magpie Award For Poetry

At Pulp Literature, we have an affinity for poetry, the hard liquor of literature. We like it strong, neat, and we don’t mind if it makes our eyes water.  Our judges, will be looking for a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought.  May the best poem win!incidental magpie 2

Contest opens: 1 March 2018
Deadline:  15 April 2018
Winner notified: 15 May 2018
Winners published in: Issue 20, Autumn 2018
First Prize: $500
Runners up (2): $50 each
All entrants receive a 1 year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

Entry fee: $25 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Earlybird fee (before 15 March): $20 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

Contest Judge: Renée Sarojini Saklikar

This contest is for previously unpublished poems of up to 100 lines in length.  Poetry that relies heavily on visual structure is eligible for prize money, but may be excluded from publication if the formatting is difficult to reproduce in print or eBook.

Total entries limited to 500.

Submission Guidelines

Send your poems(s) in separate .docx, .doc, or .pdf files to  The document should not include your name or identifying information other than the title and text of the poem.  In the body of the email include

  1.  Your name and contact information
  2. The number of poems submitted
  3. The title(s) of the poem(s)

You can use the paypal button below to add your payment to the shopping cart on the sidebar.  If you are submitting multiple poems you can pay for them together by altering the quantities in your shopping cart.  If you would prefer to pay by cheque or e-transfer contact us at pulpliteraturepress(at)

Entry Fee

Additonal Entries 

Pulp Literature Press reserves the right to refuse entries that do not adhere to contest guidelines.  If fewer than 25 entries that meet guidelines are received, contests may be cancelled and entrants refunded.

Thank you for your entry!  Digital subscriptions are sent out when the contest closes.


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