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Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015



Judge: Andrew McMillan will read all entries.


  • 1st Prize: £1000, Collection Publication + 50 Complimentary Copies
  • 2nd & 3rd Prizes: Pamphlet Publication + 30 Complimentary Copies

£5 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

Please see below for details, full competition rules and how to enter.

Save the date to your calendar!DEADLINE: 17TH JULY 2015

Entries Closed


Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015

Introducing the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition. Our judge Andrew McMillan will choose one lucky winner to have their debut poetry collection published by Bare Fiction. This exciting new competition is for anyone from the UK, or internationally, who has yet to publish a full poetry collection of 40 pages or more.

Judge: Andrew McMillan will read all entries.

1st Prize: £1000, Collection Publication + 50 Complimentary Copies

2nd & 3rd Prizes: Pamphlet Publication + 30 Complimentary Copies

Save the date to your calendar!DEADLINE: 17TH JULY 2015


£20 per entry (automatic £5 discount if you purchase a subscription to the magazine at the same time as placing your entry)

Current subscribers to the magazine should login to their account before entering; the discount will then be applied automatically.


Your entry should be between 16 – 20 pages of poetry that has not previously appeared as a published collection. Andrew McMillan and Bare Fiction editor, Robert Harper, will select a shortlist of six poets by mid-August. The shortlisted poets will then be asked to submit a full length collection within 4 weeks, from which a winner and our two runners up will be chosen.

You will be able to upload your document after clicking the “Add to cart” button above. Remember to ensure there are no identifying marks on your submission before uploading your document.

Please check the Competition Rules tab for full details. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules.


Judge: Andrew McMillan

andrew-mcmillan“It’s always great when there’s another opportunity for poets to get their work out there; I want to read work that’s arresting, unexpected, dangerous but also tight, formally consistent and thoughtful. I can’t wait to read what people come up with.”

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection of poetry, ‘physical’, shortlisted for the 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in the Forward Prizes, will be published by Jonathan Cape in July. In 2014 he won a substantial Northern Writers Award. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.


What the critics say about Andrew McMillan and physical

Andrew McMillan’s wide-awake debut anatomises male desire and its often thwarted expressions; these fresh and engaging poems enter the temple of longing in honest search for what may be found there, which turns out to be joy, desolation, secret languages, the possibilities of transformation and of disappointment borne in every touch.
– Mark Doty

Physical really announces Andrew McMillan and it feels like a long while since a first book has managed this degree of tenderness and candour, sensuality and vulnerability. “There is beauty in the ordinary”, and every poem in this urgent, unflinching, exceptional debut affirms this.
– Paul Farley

Thom Gunn, the lodestar of this collection, said that poetry comes from obsession and passion. Few first books are as passionate, as carnal, as this one. McMillan’s work is a glorious, vivid exploration of the body as the loved and broken ground on which we meet and are transformed.
– Michael Symmons Roberts

Unforced, unbidden, these are poems that call you by your real name, poems that have seen you naked, poems that find out your secrets and gift them back. Physical is alive with subtle reflections on masculinity, love and loss; a record of how we forget ourselves and how we remember. It will captivate and change you.
– Helen Mort

His seriousness of tone and address is electrifyingly fresh and lyrical. He takes the weight of language seriously but balances it with play and deft control…Andrew McMillan is already a poet of considerable achievement.
– David Morley

His language makes a quite exquisite, sometimes Pinteresque music of love with perfectly pitched cadences of speech.
– William Bedford


1. The entry fee is £20 for a ‘Collection’ of 16-20 pages of poems by anyone from the UK, or internationally, who has yet to publish a full poetry collection of 40 pages or more. (£15 if you are a current paid subscriber to the print or digital editions of the magazine, or choose to subscribe with your entry.) Entry fees must be in UK currency, and cheques/postal orders made payable to BARE FICTION. Payment can also be made through a PayPal account to info@barefiction.co.uk

2. Collections must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Poems may have been published elsewhere, but must not have previously appeared as a published collection.

3. Your name or address must not appear on any pages of the collection, nor any other marks that could identify you. This includes pseudonyms.

4. The title of your collection must be included on each page of your document and pages must numbered.

5. You may include a contents page which will not count toward the total page count.

6. Do not include more than one poem per page.

7. If submitting by post, entries must be typed clearly in black on white A4 paper or US letter size, and on one side of the paper only. Please do not staple the sheets together.

8. Photocopies of the form are acceptable. Online entry is available via our website: www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk

9. You may enter as many collections as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.

10. You must notify us straight away if your collection is shortlisted or accepted elsewhere and withdraw your entry.

11. The deadline is midnight GMT 17th July 2015. Postal and online entries must be received by the closing date to be eligible.

12. 6 shortlisted poets will be announced in August and asked to submit a manuscript of 50 poems by mid-September. From these the judges will choose 1 winner and two runners up. The final results will be announced on our website in October 2015.

13. We are unable to return manuscripts, or offer any feedback. We will not enter into any correspondence about entries, or make changes to entries received. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The judges’ decision is final. If in the judges’ opinion no collection achieves a high enough standard, no prizewinner will be chosen.

14. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules. We will abide by good practice in the running of this competition, but cannot be held responsible for circumstances beyond our control such as failure of postal delivery. We reserve the right to change the panel of judges without notice. Prizes may be withheld or altered if we receive no outstanding entries, or insufficient entries.

Enter online at www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk

For postal entries, send a completed form with your competition entries and payment to:

Bare Fiction Debut

177 Copthorne Road,


Shropshire SY3 8NA

Debut Poetry Collection Rules and Postal Entry Form

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