The Magpie Award For Poetry

Sponsored by Duotrope!

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 February 2019
Deadline:  15 March 2019
Winner notified: 15 April 2019
Winners published in: Issue 24, Autumn 2019
First Prize: $500 and a one-year subscription to Duotrope
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, first poet laureate of Surrey BC, blogger at the Canada Project, and author of Children of Air India.

This contest is for previously unpublished poems of up to 100 lines in length.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

Use the paypal button below to add your payment to the shopping cart.  If you are submitting multiple poems use the second button for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc poems.  If you would prefer to pay by e-transfer contact us at pulpliteraturepress(at)

Entry Fee

Additonal Entries 

Once you have paid the entry fee, fill in the entry form with your information and transaction ID.  Then upload your story to our entry form in Word .doc or .docx format.

Entry Form

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