Competitions and News

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The Salopian Poetry Society’s Competition 2017

THE SALOPIAN POETRY SOCIETY

Deadline: 31 September 2017

For details click here.


Rattle Poetry Prize

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Deadline: 15 July 2017

For details click here.


Rabbit – a journal for non-fiction poetry

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Deadline: 15 July 2017

For details click here.


Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Prize

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Deadline: 30th July 2017

For details click here


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

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

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Courtesy of NORTHWEST NEWS AND FEATURES

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

For details click here


Resurgence Poetry Prize 2017 with The Poetry School

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The World’s First Major Award for Ecopoetry

Competition Opens 1st June 2017–Deadline 17th August 2017

For details click here


Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2017

Deadline 30th June 2017

For details click here


Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2017

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Deadline: August 31st 2017

For details click here


Ledbury Poetry Competition 2017

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Deadline: 13th July 2017

For details click here


Winchester Poetry Prize

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Deadline: 31 July 2017

For details click here


Ambit Annual Poetry Competition

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Deadline: 15 July 2017

For details click here


Troubadour International Poetry Prize

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Deadline: 16 October 2017

For details click here


Bread and Roses Poetry Award

Bread & Roses

Click here for details

Deadline: midnight on 31st May 2017


Winchester Poetry Prize

Click here for details

Deadline: 31 July 2017


The South Downs Poetry Festival – Poetry Competition

Click here for details

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.

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Click here for details

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!

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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)
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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.

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Wes Magee
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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.

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