From our pamphleteers...

With the deadline for this year's pamphlet competition looming, we asked some previous winners how the experience had been for them:

Miranda Peake – ‘Yellow’

“Being one of the winners of the 2019 Live Canon Pamphlet competition was so exciting. It was an enormously positive experience, from being chosen alongside such brilliant poems, right through to the production of the beautiful pamphlet and the many, ongoing opportunities to read my work at events and connect with other poets.”

Katie Griffiths – ‘My Shrink it Pregnant’

“What a privilege it was to be officially dubbed a Pamphleteer by the vibrant publishing house that is Live Canon.  My Shrink is Pregnant, a series of poems that best lent itself to the pamphlet format, was beautifully birthed, and took its place alongside other worthy winners. I’m so grateful for the profile it has had ever since.”

Tania Hershman – ‘How High Did She Fly?’

“I tried something I'd never done before with the pamphlet, How High Did She Fly?, that I submitted to the Live Canon pamphlet competition, interweaving pieces inspired by The Crucible with other poems. I had no idea if it might speak to anyone at all. To find out I was one of the winners of the competition was a huge confidence boost, that someone felt not only did my pamphlet worked, it was worthy of publishing! Live Canon made us such beautiful books and have been so encouraging and supportive, it's been - and continues to be - a glorious experience, so send in your pamphlet, give the judges the privilege of reading it - good luck!"

Vasiliki Albedo – ‘Fire in the Oubliette’

“Being one of the winners in Live Canon’s pamphlet competition has been amazing. I felt supported and encouraged on every step of the way to publication and beyond. Helen is a literary angel. I couldn’t recommend this competition highly enough.”

Mary-Jane Holmes – ‘Dihedral’

“Before I submitted to the Live Canon Pamphlet Competition, my work had taken quite an experimental leap - translation/palimpsests/hermit crab poems - As Adrienne Rich said ‘Poetry is not a resting on a given but a questing on what otherwise might be’ and it was therefore deeply satisfying to have that process of writing from uncertainty, peer-valued. It has given me the confidence to continue to take risks in my creative praxis.”


All these pamphlets are available here:

Enter the 2021 competition, with guest judge Hannah Lowe, here: