Winchester Poetry Prize: Send in your poems!

The deadline for the competition is midnight on Sunday, 31 July so you have just under three weeks to send in your poems.  This is a fantastic opportunity to win a generous cash prize, read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday 9 October 2016, and be published in a competition anthology to … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Prize: Send in your poems!

UK online poetry journals now eligible to submit to Forward Prize

The Forward Arts Foundation, sponsors of The Forward Prizes for Poetry, has announced that this year, for the first time, online journals based in the UK and Ireland are permitted to nominate up to two poems from their sites for consideration in the Prize for Best Single Poem. There are further guidelines for eligibility, available here, … Continue reading UK online poetry journals now eligible to submit to Forward Prize

Poetry Aloud

This week I've been hearing as well as reading poetry. I was one of the judges of the Poetry by Heart competition at St Augustine's Catholic College, Trowbridge, a local secondary school. Poetry by Heart is a national competition in which school pupils aged 14 - 18 learn and recite poems by heart. Schools hold … Continue reading Poetry Aloud

A quick update and a mention for Poetry Wales

I've been ill with the first cold I've had in about two years, maybe longer.  It was a stinker: constant sneezing, dripping nose, watering eyes.  I was measuring out my life with soggy tissues.  I've only just stopped feeling wretched.  Somewhere in the foggy depths of my fuzziheadedness, I seem to recall receiving a very nice … Continue reading A quick update and a mention for Poetry Wales

Poems on a Beermat Prizegiving

A brilliant evening at The Swan Hotel in Bradford-on-Avon last night for the award-giving and readings of the ten poems chosen to be printed on beermats for the Poems-on-a-Beermat-Competition.  The ten winning poems, which can be read here, are:  Rock Plain Boxing Club by Tammy Adams  How She Wrote Your Name by Russ Berry  A Pint … Continue reading Poems on a Beermat Prizegiving

It’s No Picnic. How not to record a poem.

How lovely to find out on Thursday afternoon that my tweet-sized poem 'Picnic' has come 2nd in #micropoem14, a Twitter poetry competition run by the Centre for New Writing, and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, at the University of Manchester. To take part in this year's competition, judged by John McAuliffe, Janet Rogerson … Continue reading It’s No Picnic. How not to record a poem.

Poems-on-a-Beermat Competition

BOA Arts Festival Poetry Competition 2014 v3 Entries are invited for an Open Poetry Competition on the theme of Light – closing date July 30th 2014. There will be a prize of £200 for the best poem submitted, with discretionary second and third place awards of £50 and £25 if the quality of entries merits … Continue reading Poems-on-a-Beermat Competition