Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition is now open for submissions of poems of any length and on any subject by women writers. This year, the first prize has been raised to £2,000, plus a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park and a mentoring afternoon with the editor of premier poetry magazine Poetry Review. The submissions will be judged by award-winning poet Jo Shapcott and all winning poems will appear in issue 51 of Mslexia, which is published in October 2011. Deadline for submissions: 18 July. For more information, go to