“A Baker’s Dozen : 13 Poems and a Time to Think” – RESULTS

Well, I loved the whole 13 poem format for this wee competition and despite my best intentions, I couldn’t split two of the collections and so rather than a single winner we in fact will have two, with their pamphlets to be published later this year.

However I am getting ahead of myself and before we get to the winners –

The Shortlisted Poets, are:

  1. Heidi Joffe
  2. Niall Cassidy
  3. Merril Smith
  4. Marion Oxley
  5. Andy Eycott
  6. David Mark Williams
  7. Kate Young
  8. Kathy Zwick
  9. Manning Goodwin, and
  10. Vic Pickup

With Heidi Joffe and Niall Cassidy being recognised as Highly Commended.

But with no further delay – I’m very much pleased to tell you about the winning collections:

The first is a collection called ‘Death’ by Manning Goodwin, which I was absolutely spellbound by. A quite beautiful selection of poems with a rare grit and Johnny Cash-esque weariness – reality without weakness. There was never a moment when I didn’t want Hedgehog to publish this.

The second collection and amazingly, the first time I think that we have ever had anybody win back-to-back competitions here at Hedgehog is a very topical collection from Vic Pickup called ‘Lost and Found.’

Vic won our 2nd Cupid’s Arrow competition just last week, but this is an altogether different approach to her poetry, showing a serious depth and strength that simply demanded to be read. A small collection like this can’t carry any passengers and every word of Vic’s work here felt sculptured and perfectly set and as with Manning, there was never any doubt that I wanted us to publish this.

Overall then, many thanks to everybody that entered and congratulations to the Shortlisted poets and winners alike. This was the first time we’d run this sort of shortform/topical collection, but it seemed to catch the mood, so perhaps it will become an annual thing.

Pre-Order: “Seasons” by Katie Proctor – Free Competition Entry

I have to say that I really rather love Katie Proctor’s wee collection ‘Seasons’ and I am more than pleased to be able to announce that you can now pre-order a copy direct from the lady herself.

The collection is due to be released on the 17th of August and has already been described by Kristin Garth thus,

“Katie Proctor’s Seasons is a collection of temporal elegant epiphanies well suited to a pandemic plagued culture. In Firsts, Proctor writes of the knowledge that shadows such experiences- ‘knowing nothing will ever be quite like this again.’ She speaks of distanced lovers imagining touching flesh and pressing flowers of the other’s hometown into a book. The tactile details of this collection are timely in their taunts of the ‘melted endlessness.’ Proctor describes in ‘An Empty Infinity.’ It is both a precise description of the condition we are experiencing in the Covid era as well as a reminder that this is but another uncomfortable season that will eventually succumb to another.”

As with all of our pre-orders, we’d encourage you to buy a copy direct from Katie.

She is currently offering two versions of the pamphlet:

  1. A Signed Copy for £6.99, or
  2. An Annotated Copy for £9.99

To order your copy, pay Katie direct HERE with the appropriate amount

Prices include UK delivery. For international delivery, please contact Katie via Twitter or Instagram for a price for your country.

As an added bonus, not only will Katie, sign and post it to you, but you can also enter any one of our Competitions for absolutely FREE.

But you need to be quick.

To enter the competition, by the 17th of August 2020 you need to:

  1. Buy a book from Katie as above
  2. Email your Competition entry along with the payment receipt to the email address  on the relevant competition page.

It is as simple a that.

To be clear – You need to buy the book and enter the competition within the next Seven Days – i.e. by midnight on Monday the 17th of August 2020.

About Katie Proctor

Katie Proctor is a poet from Yorkshire, England. Since she can remember she has loved to write, whether it be prose, poetry or stories, and writing will always be her first love. Nowadays, she writes freeform poetry and prose often regarding her experience with love, relationships and mental health. Seasons is her first collection of poetry and prose. Outside writing, she is a student with a passion for literature, history and classics, and is a big fan of Shakespeare. She loves to act and plans to study English Literature at university. You can find her on Twitter @katiiewrites and Instagram @katiieproctor.

  • Title: Seasons
  • ISBN: 978-1913499105
  • Pages: 20
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  • Order Signed Copies direct from Katie HERESigned copies cost: £6.99 and
    Annotated copies cost £9.99Prices include UK delivery. For international delivery, please contact Katie via Twitter or Instagram for a price for your country.

“Katie Proctor’s Seasons is a collection of temporal elegant epiphanies well suited to a pandemic plagued culture. In Firsts, Proctor writes of the knowledge that shadows such experiences- ‘knowing nothing will ever be quite like this again.’ She speaks of distanced lovers imagining touching flesh and pressing flowers of the other’s hometown into a book. The tactile details of this collection are timely in their taunts of the ‘melted endlessness.’ Proctor describes in ‘An Empty Infinity.’ It is both a precise description of the condition we are experiencing in the Covid era as well as a reminder that this is but another uncomfortable season that will eventually succumb to another.”

– Kristin Garth, author of Puritan U Succubus Alumnus, Hedgehog Poetry, and Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream, TwistiT Press


Out Now ‘I Have Grown Two Hearts’ by Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe

Now this is a collection I have waited a long time for us to publish, but I’m pleased to say that it is very much worth the wait.

Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe is a very special poet and I know that you will really enjoy her first pamphlet for Hedgehog, ‘I Have Grown Two Hearts’.

The collection was officially released on the 10th of August, and is now available to order direct from Zoë  herself.

About Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe

Zoë is a Poet and Mum from Dukinfield with an MA in Poetry from Bath Spa University.

Her first pamphlet ‘Love is the way bark grows’ came out with Half Moon Books in June 2019.

Her work has appeared in Anthologies and Journals including For the silent, Atrium, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Picaroon, Algebra of Owls, Bonnie’s Crew and Marble.

She is currently touring the UK Spoken Word scene and has headlined at various nights including: Waffle, BLERoom, Word Club, Jackanory and Poems,Prose and Pints.

You can find out more about Zoë  on her web site Here

  • Title: I Have Grown Two Hearts
  • ISBN: 978-1913499105
  • Pages: 36
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Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe’s collection, is a special and quite beautiful debut from an exciting new poetic voice.

‘I have Two Hearts’ is a collection of poems exploring the complicated emotions, the simplicities of moments and the intricacies of motherhood.


The 2nd Annual Cupid’s Arrow Competition – Results

I’m more than very much pleased to be able to bring to you  the (later than hoped) results for our 2nd Annual Cupid’s Arrow Love Poetry Competition.

And with no further delay, the shortlisted poets, are:

  1. Oz Hardwick
  2. Eileen Carney Hulme
  3. Poppy-Jayne Jones
  4. Vic Pickup
  5. Patricia M Osborne
  6. Anthony Paticchio
  7. Gaynor Kane
  8. Rachael Charlotte
  9. Margaret Royall
  10. Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon
  11. Julie Anne Gilligan
  12. C.B Searle
  13. Romina van Maaren

The overall winner is:

Vic Pickup for her poem ‘Him, building me a bookcase.’

Additionally, C.B Searle, Eileen Carney Hulme and Gaynor Kane were Highly Commended.

I am also really pleased to say that the shortlisted poems will be included in a wee anthology to be published in December of this year.

Thank you to everybody who took part in the competition.

Out Now: ‘Psychopathogen’ by Nigel Kent

We’re very proud to be able to say that ‘Psychopathogen’ a brilliant wee collection from Nigel Kent is now available.

This is a fantastic piece of work and is already garnering a lot of admiring words.

As ever we would encourage you to go to the source and get your copy direct from Nigel, details below.



About Nigel Kent

Nigel Kent is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet (2019) who lives in rural Worcestershire. He is an active member of the Open University Poetry Society, managing its website and occasionally editing its workshop magazine.

He has been shortlisted for several national competitions and his poetry has appeared in a wide range of anthologies and magazines. Some of his work has been translated by Mariana Zavati Gardner for the literary journals, Banchetful and Pro Saeculum

In 2019 Hedgehog Poetry Press published his first collection, ‘Saudade’, following the success of his poetry conversations with Sarah Thomson, ‘Thinking You Home’ and ‘A Hostile Environment’. In August 2020 Hedgehog Poetry Press will be publishing his pamphlet, Psychopathogen.

You can follow him on Twitter @kent_nj

Title: Psychopathogen
ISBN: 978-1913499075
Pages: 22
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‘Psychopathogen’ explores the effect of exceptional times on unexceptional people:

a reluctant schoolboy;

a shielded grandmother;

a middle-aged married couple;

a pair of home-working parents and their children.

This is not life as we know it.

Nigel Kent’s sometimes witty and always moving poems show us how life under Lockdown has been transformational, changing our routines, our relationships, our values and our perspective on the world. Underpinning them all is a profound sense of loss: life will never be the same again.

Order: ‘Wolf Planet’ by Oz Hardwick – Signed Copies

As you have no doubt noticed, things are warming-up somewhat in Hogland and the collections-are-a-flowing once more.

I am extremely pleased, then, to be able to let you know that the Award Winning ‘Wolf Planet’ from Oz Hardwick is now available to order – signed and direct from Mr Hardwick himself.

If for some reason you want to order from Amazon, you can also Click Here, but why would you when you don’t get a signed first edition or a free entry to our competition?

About Oz Hardwick

Oz Hardwick by Sue Whitehouse

Oz Hardwick is a poet, writer, photographer, occasional musician, and academic, whose work has been published and performed internationally in and on diverse media. His chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI/Recent Work, 2018) was the winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Rubery International Book Awards, and his most last collection The Lithium Codex (Clevedon: Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2019) won the Hedgehog Poetry Press Full Fat Collection prize. He has also edited and co-edited several anthologies, including (with Anne Caldwell) The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2019). Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the Creative Writing programmes. www.ozhardwick.co.uk

You can contact Oz at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oz.hardwick

Website:   ozhardwick.co.uk

  • Title: Wolf Planet
  • ISBN: 978-1913499419
  • Pages: 20
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Sleepwalk or spacewalk? Wolf Planet is an elliptical, hallucinatory prose poem that crash-lands on a parallel world as bright and fractured as a broken mirror. Memory, faith, and desire clutter urban ring-roads and abandoned churches, as all the while the Big Bad Wolf – who may not be so big or so bad – presides like the ghost of Piers the Plowman or Trout Fishing in America. A unique vision for strange times.

In this densely poignant novelette where a red-eye express is a route to noir, who’s the Big Bad Wolf? Wolf Planet is a genre bending chapbook of literary fragments evocative with myth, science fiction and the poetic. This staggering offering from a bold artist is a prodigal archetype that refuses to be tamed.

Eugen Bacon – author of Claiming T-Mo and Writing Speculative Fiction

In Wolf Planet, Oz Hardwick has built for us a hazy, smoke-filled fairy tale as much about the past as about the present, a diorama like Borges’s Aleph – if you look just right, crouching there in the cellar under the dining room, you can see the point that contains all other points. Everything here is a metaphor; everything here is literally true. Don’t read it too fast; or, if you do, read it again. Read it again anyway; it won’t disappoint.

Richard Ford Burley – author of Mouse and Displacement

‘Nicely Folded Paper – Quatre’ Pamphlet Competition – RESULTS

I’m pleased and proud to be able to announce the winner of our Fourth Nicely Folded Paper Competition, which aims to find and publish a full-sized pamphlet of wonderfilled poetry.

As ever, there were some fantastic entries and I have enjoyed reading all of them, but in the end I got it down to a shortlist of:

  1. Phil Vernon
  2. Peter A. Kelly
  3. Romina van Maaren
  4. Alastair Hesp
  5. Clare Morton
  6. Julian Aiken
  7. Sarah Barr
  8. Abigail Rowland
  9. Naomi Sterling
  10. Yvonne Baker

But there has to be one winner and I am incredibly excited that a brilliant collection, ‘The Pins That Pierce Her’ from Naomi Sterling, just about edged everybody else.

Let me be the first to congratulate Naomi as I look forward to her collection being published by Hedgehog in 2021.


About Naomi Sterling:

Born to an English father and South African mother, Naomi Sterling was educated in Stoke-on-Trent, Swaziland and Sheffield.  She taught secondary-school English in the foothills of Kilimanjaro and the east of Rwanda before founding and running, with her husband, the Streets Ahead Children’s Centre Association (SACCA), a local NGO for street kids in rural Rwanda. They returned to England in 2007 when their eldest son was diagnosed with complex special needs, and she currently teaches at an inner-city school in Stoke-on-Trent.  Her work has been published in The Rubicon and Ozy, Sheffield University’s two student publications, and shortlisted for the Sentinel Poetry Prize.


Pre-Order: ‘Taxus Baccata’ by Patricia M Osborne – Signed Copies

Well,  I’m proud and chuffed to be able to say that you can pre-order a signed copy of Patricia M Osborne’s exceptional collection, ‘Taxus Baccata’ direct from Patricia herself.

To order a copy from Patricia M Osborne Click Here

If for some reason you want to order from Amazon, you can also Click Here, but why would you when you don’t get a signed first edition?

About Patricia M Osborne

Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. She was born in Liverpool but now lives in West Sussex. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).

Patricia writes novels, poetry and short fiction, and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She has two published novels, House of Grace and The Coal Miner’s Son.

She has a successful blog at Patriciamosbornewriter.com where she features other writers and poets. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers and as an online poetry tutor with Writers’ Bureau.

You can contact Patricia via the following medias:-

Facebook: Patricia M Osborne,Writer @triciaosbornewriter

Website:   Patriciamosbornewriter.com

Twitter: Patricia M Osborne@PMOsborneWriter|

  • Title: Taxus Baccata
  • ISBN: 978-1913499099
  • Pages: 34
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“Reading the poems together is like stepping into a forest where each tree has a highly individual character. Patricia M Osborne does really well to conjure up such a playful range of voices that feel different yet enhance one another, and her shifts in stanza length add brilliant disruption.”

– John McCullough – Poet (Shortlisted for the Poetry Costa Award 2019)

“Patricia M Osborne writes of the natural world with keen observation and a sensitivity for the trees and flowers, birds and animals that fill it. In this collection we learn of traditions, mythology and lore, factual information and fantasy, mingling in one glorious cornucopia. Patricia casts her true poet’s eye over it all, and clothes it in images to enchant the reader.”

– Alison Chisholm – Poet and Poetry Columnist on Writing Magazine

New Release: ‘Ten Truths From Wonderland’ by Maria Castro Dominguez and Matt Duggan

I’m extremely proud to be able to say that you can now order a copy of a wonderful poetry conversation between Maria Castro Dominguez and Matt Duggan, ‘Ten Truths From Wonderland.’

This is a quite breathtaking piece of work and is enhanced by Spanish translations of the poems by Spanish poet Ana Gavila., although you won’t miss out if your Spanish is as rusty as mine as all of the poems are presented in English.

As ever, we’d encourage you to buy your copy of the collection direct from either Matt or Maria. The economics of poetry has always been horrendous at the best of times and buying direct means that every penny you spend will go to the poet.

This is a big thing for us at Hedgehog – it is all about supporting our poets as best we can.

To order a copy from Matt Duggan Click Here

To order a copy from Maria Castro Dominguez Click Here

If for some reason you want to order from Amazon, you can also Click Here, but why would you?

About Maria Castro Dominguez

Photograph by Antoinette Castro

Born and raised in London, Maria Castro Dominguez is the author of two poetry books. “A face in the crowd” which is her 2016 erbacce-press prize winning collection and “A Cuatro Manos” (Four Hands) co-authored with Jacobo Valcárcel.

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals such as Retort, Expound, Knot Magazine, Blaze Vox, The Argotist, Lakeview International, Harbinger Asylum, Black Mirror Magazine, Message in a Bottle, Carillon, The Tower Journal, Bareknuckle Poet (online and in their first print anthology), Apogee, StepAway, Of/with, London Grip. She has flash fiction published in Out of the Gutter and Friday Flash Fiction.

She lives presently in Gran Canaria where she works as a freelance writer teacher, translator, and proofreader. She holds a Bachelor´s degree in English philology from the UNED.

Her love of poetry has been a constant throughout her life. She aims to transform the familiar into the new through her poetry. Her poetic influences have been Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Imagist poets, Les Murray, Tomas Tranströmer, Pablo Neruda and many more.

About Matt Duggan

Matt was born in 1971 and lives in Bristol in the U.K. with his partner Kelly and their dog Alfie, his poems have appeared in many journals across the world such as Osiris Poetry Journal, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, The Blue Nib, Into the Void, The Journal, The Dawntreader, Midnight Lane Boutique, Anti—Heroin Chic Journal, The High Window, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge, Ghost City Review, Laldy Literary Journal, L’ Ephemere Review, Carillion, Lakeview International Literary Journal, Levure Litteraire, erbacce journal, The Stray Branch, Prole, Black Light Engine Room, Militant Thistles, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 and became one of five core members at Erbacce-Press, where Matt interviews poets for the erbacce-journal, organises events and reads with the other members for the annual erbacce prize.

 In 2017 Matt won the Into the Void Poetry Prize with his poem Elegy for Magdalene, and read his work across the east – coast of the U.S.A. with readings at the prestigious Cambridge Public Library Poetry Series in Boston, a guest poet appearance at The Parkside Lounge and Sip This in New York, Matt read at his first U.S. book launch in Philadelphia and has two new chapbooks available One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) plus a small limited edition booklet The Feeding ( Rum Do Press) Venice and London. He has read his work across the world including The Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy, the Poetry Café in London, and in Paxos in Greece and at various venues across the U.K.

‘Full Fat Poetry’ Collection Competition – RESULTS

What a competition! This, I think has proven to be the hardest of our competitions to judge to date as the standard was extremely high. I can only imagine that ‘Lockdown’ has helped people focus on their work and productivity has gone through the roof.

As ever though there has to be a winner – although I must admit we have ended-up with Two as I genuinely couldn’t divide two poets.

I am very much pleased to announce the winners of our Full Fat Poetry Collection Competition, who will have their collections published in 2021, are:

The Shortlisted Poets, are:

  1. Ash Seagrove
  2. Beth Brooke
  3. Christopher L Perry
  4. Charlotte Domanski
  5. Jenna Plewes
  6. Margaret Royall
  7. Lizzie Holden
  8. Andrew Stickland
  9. Luigi Marchini
  10. Chris Burleigh

I am really pleased to say that MARGARET ROYALL and JENNA PLEWES were the overall winners.

I should also say that both Christopher L Perry and Charlotte Domanski are to be regarded as ‘Highly Commended.’

Thank you again to everybody that took the time to collate their work and submit it for this.