Frosted Fire Firsts Pamphlet Competition 2022

For poets wanting to publish their debut poetry collection

Triage judges reading all entries are Maeve Henry & Ben Verinder, Frosted Fire Firsts Award winners in 2021.

Frosted Fire Firsts offers all poets unpublished in book form a chance to win an award that funds publication of their first poetry collection, as a pamphlet . The award also includes 50 free copies, publication of some of the poems in wildfire words, and headline poet status in an international online Zoom book launch.
Also, the winners of a New Voices First Pamphlet Award are invited to act as professional triage judges of the next year’s competition. So 2021 award winners Maeve Henry and Ben Verinder will read every entry for the 2022 contest and prepare a long list of contenders for the award.
Selecting a short list, and deciding the award winners will be Lead Judge Angela France with 2019 Frosted Fire Firsts Award Winner Janet Lees

Rules for Frosted Fire Firsts competition 2022

Closing date: 18 April 2022

The prize book will be published as a 32-page pamphlet, which will contain up to 28 pages of poetry. Entries for the competition should be as a single file containing up to 10 poems that showcase the poet’s work.

  • The contest is open to all poets, except those who act as volunteers in Cheltenham Poetry Festival or Wildfire Words/Frosted Fire. The winner must not have had a pamphlet or collection published by an independent publisher, or contracted for publication before or on 18 April 2022.
  • All poems must be entirely the entrant’s own work. Individual poems in an entry may have been published online, in journals or magazines, or multi-author anthologies, provided the writer retains copyright.
  • International entrants are welcome.
  • Each entry should contain up to 10 poems of no more than 60 lines per poem. Each poem should start on a new page and preferably in 12 pt Calibri type (or similar sanserif face) Winners will later be invited to submit enough poems for a 32-page pamphlet.)
  • You may submit up to three entries, each of 10 poems, provided an entry fee is paid for each.
  • Your entry’s title should appear on a separate first page. The title may relate to a key poem or suggest the collection’s theme if it has one.
  • To maintain anonymous judging, there must be no identifying marks on any poem or title page. Your entry must not contain any poem that might be recognized by any of the judges through workshops, mentoring, or public readings.
  • Each entry should be in one file in Word or PDF.
  • Do not put any identification on the work. We will match your entry title to your email address after the anonymous judging is complete.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but an entry must be withdrawn in the event of it winning a prize or publication elsewhere.. Entry fees are not refundable once an entry has been received.
  • Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judges’ decisions are final.
  • Results will be emailed by 23 May 2022 to all who entered, and published on this website shortly afterwards.
  • The fee is £10 per entry. This is an Early Bard discounted price which applies to all entries sent by 18 February 2022, when the price will rise to £12.
  • Entries must be paid for on the entry form, and your entry file uploaded, by the closing time of 11.59 pm on 18 April 2022.

Entries open 13 November 2021

The entry form records your details, allows you to upload your entry or entries, then collects your entry fee(s). Payments, by credit or debit card, will all be processed by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by card, but if you have PayPal you can pay from your account.

Now please complete your entry form

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