Competitions and News

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Winchester Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31 July 2018

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Gŵyl Cybi – Cybi Festival

Gŵyl Cybi—Cybi Festival—Poetry Competition

Deadline: 15 June 2018

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Animal magic: editors seek fantastic poems for anthology

Deadline: 31 May 2018

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The 2018 York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition

Deadline: 25 February 2018

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Deadline: 31 August 2018

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Deadline: 31 May 2018

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Deadline: 30 September 2018

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There are no deadlines, as soon as one issue fills up, later submissions will automatically be considered for the next issue.

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Good news!

How wonderful to see that our OUP member Vicki Morley has won a competition. There were a few tweets about it but it wasn’t confirmed that it was ‘our’ Vicki Morley until Vicki emailed to say so!

Vicki has won the 2016/2017 Plough International competition prize of £1K with a poem called Double Zero Flour.

Huge, nay, HUGE, congratulations to you, Vicki. What a superb achievement. We will swell with reflected glory 😉

Here is Vicki’s winning poem:

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition 2016—winning poems


Double Zero Flour

You can travel fifty thousand miles in America without once tasting a piece of good bread  Henry Miller

San Francisco clocks chime the summer hour.
Rehearsed the route, left powdery footprints right across sidewalk,

the best double zero flour, weevils will dine well.
My head crusts, breaks through new white shirt.

It crackles, curdles, creaks along my arms,
sparks and conjures the new dawn with static.

Tie, the colour of an electric bruise,
shoes, best soft leather from Siena.

Look, a dangerous eggplant tie reflected
in coffee shop window. Is, a vivid purple, too vibrant?

No, not for a baker — before sunrise
I mix, pound, pummel, stretch, knead, knock the dough,

fill the maws of ever hungry ovens,
feel the heat, jaws of hell, fires of heaven.

Crisp the dough to beautiful bread babies,
ciabatta, focaccia, sour-dough, grissini, pizza, fruit pannetone.

I strut across the piazza, past nail bar
where slinky ladies flutter out to street.

An open window yawns,
a sharp-suited man hollers down to me.

Why it’s Antonio. Is he here for the chief baker job too?
Steady, breathe deep and slow, concentrate now.

I’m ready for probing questions,
about flour, yeast, pasta, bread-making, recipes.

Pour espresso, grappa, let’s celebrate!
My fruit panettone decided it.

Let’s stroll down to Venice Beach,
rinsed by the Pacific Ocean, and swim,

sip cold beers frosting our sticky palms,
sizzle fresh wolf-fish pan-roasted over hot coals,

watch bambini splashing in sea shallows,
while I dream new breads, like a salt-crust San Marino.

With acknowledgement to where you can see other prizewinners.

OU Poet Jenny Hamlett has a new collection of poetry, published by Indigo Dreams – click on this link for more info. Jenny takes as her guiding inspiration a sense of place and the people who inhabit it. Congratulations Jenny!


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