NB: If you have details of competitions please email the link to: email@example.com as there is no guarantee that the web editor will pick them up from Facebook.
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
1st PRIZE: VICKI MORLEY
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 https://www.theploughprize.co.uk/index.php/2016 where you can see other prizewinners.
Bank Ground Farm—Swallows and Amazons
A new competition for poets has been launched at a Lake District farm with a strong literary heritage.
The owners of Bank Ground Farm, on the eastern shore of Coniston, are asking poets to write about their visit—or about Swallows and Amazons, the children’s classic story which is set in the area.
Deadline: 1 July
Resurgence Poetry Prize 2017 with The Poetry School
The World’s First Major Award for Ecopoetry
Competition Opens 1st June 2017–Deadline 17th August 2017
Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2017
Deadline 30th June 2017
Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2017
Deadline: August 31st 2017
Ledbury Poetry Competition 2017
Deadline: 13th July 2017
Winchester Poetry Prize
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Ambit Annual Poetry Competition
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Troubadour International Poetry Prize
Deadline: 16 October 2017
Bread and Roses Poetry Award
Deadline: midnight on 31st May 2017
Winchester Poetry Prize
Deadline: 31 July 2017
The South Downs Poetry Festival – Poetry Competition
Deadline: Friday 19 May 2017
Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition
Entries may be on any subject but must not exceed 40 lines in length.
Deadline: midnight on 30th June 2017
OU Poet Jenny Hamlett has a new collection of poetry coming out 17 March, 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!
News from Orbis
Carole Baldock says: Join us online at the Orbis Facebook group.
Get a taste for Orbis: sample 2 back issues for just £7
(inc p+p – and that’s nearly a couple of quid; single copies: £5)
Copies of the magazine can be seen online at the Poetry Library website:
Orbis 176, Summer
£5 (Overseas: £9/€12/$16); Subs: £17/4 pa (Overseas: £35/€42/$58)
Front cover artwork: ‘Horizon’ by Peter Leslie Wilks
Back cover, detail from image: http://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/peter_leslie_wilks
Open to OU Poetry Society Full Members only i.e. those with a 12 month subscription.
Wes Magee has published six poetry collections for adults, and more than 100 books for young readers – fiction, poetry, plays, picture books, and anthologies. He is an award-winning author for children and for adults and regularly makes author visits to schools, libraries, and festivals where he performs his ‘Poetry Show’ and gives writing workshops.