‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition – RESULTS

I’m really pleased to say that after a great deal of (enjoyable) reading, I’m pleased to be able to announce both the winner and shortlisted poets for our second annual ‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition.

The Shortlisted Poets, are:

  1. Alison Lock
  2. Anna Nolan
  3. Christopher L Perry
  4. Ellie Rees
  5. Gavin Bourke
  6. Margaret Royall
  7. Patricia M. Osborne
  8. Peter Pegnall
  9. Roger Elkin
  10. Tina Cryer

This was a horrendously hard decision that has taken me far longer than intended, but I am really pleased to say that Ellie Rees was the overall winner and will be invited to have her collection published in beautiful book form during 2021..

This is much deserved, but I should also say that both Peter Pegnall and Alison Lock 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.

An Invitation From Carl Griffin – A Call For Poetry Fragments

We heard from Indigo Dreams Poet, Carl Griffin, regarding his idea to recognise the times through poetry.

This looked a fine project and I am happy to share it here.

Please contact Carl direct, as below and pass the word on if you can.

 

A Message From Carl Griffin

If you are interested in submitting work, please send it direct to Carl at: 

griffinwalesartsr@yahoo.co.uk

“I’m trying to form a book-length poem of fragments about the coronavirus, with as many voices (writers) as possible. In case this ends up being like the plague or the fire of London (by which I mean an infamous historical event), I think it would be great to have the best writers’ poetic perspective on it, while it is happening.

I’m not looking for full poems on the subject as that could get stale quite quickly. Instead, I’m looking for poetry or prose-poem fragments (think Salt by David Harsent), coming from any angle, preferably not too obvious, from one line to half a page. They don’t have to speak directly of the virus, although they can. Sometimes the best lines about what is happening right now might be when you’re writing about something else. As long it was written since the coronavirus began, I can work with it. One fragment or twenty, I don’t mind.

I cannot pay you as there will be lots of writers involved (although this will be one poem rather than an anthology), but all profits will go to charity anyway, to avoid the hassle of paying everyone 5p a month or whatever.

I would like fragments sent by beginning of May, or at least an early draft as all poets can edit and re-send their fragments, or send additional contributions, although just an acknowledgement of interest will do initially. I will later share the finished fragments around so the other poets can edit their fragments to really fit together, if they wish.

I am published by Indigo Dreams Publishing (UK), but I have not yet approached any publishers to see who would like to publish this. But if it ends up being as good as I think it can, it shouldn’t be difficult to get a publisher.

Hope you are coping well”

 

Carl Griffin

griffinwalesartsr@yahoo.co.uk

“White Label – Quatre” – First Collection Competition : Results

I hope that this finds you well? It is like Emergency Ward Ten around here right now, but we soldier on as only delinquent Hogs can.

But I’m happy to say that poetry, like rust and my receding hairline doesn’t ever stand still and so I am pleased and proud to be able to announce that I have selected three quite brilliant collections as the winners for our fourth ‘White Label’ competition.

I hope that you will join me in congratulating:

1. Carol McKay
2. Phil Santus, and
3. Judith Wozniak

on winning the competition and having their debut collections published by the Hedgehog Press in the coming months.

As ever it was a ridiculously difficult decision, but I enjoyed every minute of it, so many thanks to everybody that took part.

If you weren’t eligible for the First Collection award this time, we do have the ‘Selected or Neglected’ competition closing this month along with other competitions on the horizon.

You can see all of the competitions HERE if you are interested or even if you aren’t.

These are strange days and on one level I wonder whether I should just let the Hedgehog hibernate until it has all blown over, but I think we all need something else that doesn’t involve fighting over Andrex and so as ever, and probably now more than ever – if you wish to enter one of our competitions but money is tight, just drop me a line at poetry@hedgehogpress.co.uk and I will pay for your entry. No questions asked or explanations required.

I can’t say that I can do it for everybody, but I would rather you entered if you want to, so just say. It is precious little in the grander scheme, let’s face it.

All the best & make sure that you look after you and yours,

Mark

Prickly Shorts & Sticklebacking – RESULTS

Well, I’m pleased and verily proud to be able to say that after much dithering, I am able to announce the results for both our Prickly Shorts and Sticklebacking competitions.

If you remember, or if you don’t, the Prickly Shorts competitions will see our three winners having their short story beautifully published this year as part of our new series of wee pamphlets.

Similarly, our three Sticklebacking heroes will see their names on the front of one of our lovely Sticklebacks.

All will hopefully be published this year.

But to the winners, and I would very much like to congratulate all of them and thank everybody that joined in.

Prickly Shorts Winners:

      1. Oz Hardwick
      2. Patricia M. Osborne, and
      3. Janet Philo

Sticklebacking Winners:

      1. Jude Alexzander
      2. Jack B. Bedell, and
      3. Stephen Bone

 

‘Heroine Eyes – Celebrating Poetry By Women’ – RESULTS

One of the things I really wanted us to do at Hedgehog this year, is to highlight some of the brilliant Women poets that perhaps haven’t received history’s recognition.

Our Heroine Eyes competition asked contemporary poets to celebrate a female poet and I have to say that some of the results were astonishingly good.

One poet stood out with her nod toward Edith Nesbit, and I am pleased to say that Marjorie Smith was ultimately selected as our overall winner.

As for the shortlisted poets, each of these will be invited to have their work included in our ‘Heroine Eyes’ anthology later this year.

The full shortlist, is:

  1. Marjorie Smith
  2. Alexander J Gifford
  3. Andrea Reisenauer
  4. Andrew Stickland
  5. Bethany Stuart
  6. Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon
  7. Caroline Wheeler
  8. Desmond Childs
  9. Fiona Hallett
  10. Genya Johnson
  11. Hazel Hutchinson
  12. Isabella Bornholt
  13. Kathryn Timmons
  14. Renée Sigel
  15. Maryam Hessavi
  16. Mick Yates
  17. Phil Santus
  18. Sarah Wimbush
  19. Val Ormrod
  20. Verity High-Five

As ever, many thanks to everybody who took part in the competition, it is always a total joy to read your work.

Nicely Folded Trois Pamphlet and Something Slim Novella Competitions – And the Winners Are….

I have to say that it has been quite exciting working my way through both of these competitions over the last month or so, and as ever it would have been quite easy to choose a lot more people to be published by The Hedgehog Press than intended. But unfortunately, it can’t be that way and in the end I have to make choices and so I am proud to say that the winners are…


Nicely Folded Paper Trois

The aim of our Nicely Folded paper Competitions is always to find Collections of Poetry to be published by Hedgehog. These can be first collections, or something a little bigger and to date it has proven to be our most successful.

This time I am proud to say that we have Three Collections to be published, from:

                  1. Gavin Bourke
                  2. Pratibha Castle, and
                  3. Peter A. Kelly

All of the collections should be published in 2020 and I would like to congratulate all three of the winners.


Something Slim : A Novella Competition

This, the first competition for writers of Prose that we have had at Hedgehog is something a little special. We are aiming to publish a single Novella each year, and so in judging this I have to say that I felt a little more pressure than normal.

I genuinely didn’t have a clue how many entries we would receive, but of far more importance was the quality and I could have (again) chosen so many, but in the end resources mean that there could only be one.

So I am proud, pleased and rather stunned to be able to announce, that the first winner of our ‘Something Slim’ competition, is

J.P. Jackson

for his beautifully constructed and not a little surreal, ‘Misha’ which we are aiming to publish during 2020.

Thank you again to everybody who has entered the competitions and congratulations to Gavin, Pratibha, Peter and J.P.

Free – The Pushcart Six – Announcement and Stickleback

I’m proud, pleased and generally somewhat stunned to be able to announce that I actually remembered to post our Pushcart Nominations and that I can share them with you here.

So with no further ado, I’m pleased to say that after much wading through books and pamphlets, a group of Poetry Loving Pensioners today chose our nominations as being:

        1. Karen Dennison The Paper House
        2. Kristin Garth Expensive Leotards
        3. Melissa Fu Update
        4. Nigel Kent Miscarried
        5. Oz Hardwick Be Your Own Personal Jesus
        6. Raine Geoghegan The Guveny – a haibun

To see whether you agree with Marjorie, Edna, Sarah, Patricia, Henna and Lou, I am doubly chuffed to say that you can download for FREE all of the poems in an especially chucked together Stickleback – ‘Free – The Pushcart Six.’

Free The Pushcart Six (430 downloads)

I hope you will join me in congratulating all of the poets and thanking the Clevedon jury who definitely taught me a thing or two about poetry.

And cake.

As ever if you would like a copy of any of the books, I heartily recommend that you get a signed copy direct from the poet.

Links to all are included in the Stickleback.

Alternatively, we have one of those Bundles, ‘The Pushcart Collection,’ where you can get all six (although unsigned) Here

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #21 Who Lives In A House Like This?

Have you ever looked at a strange house and wondered what is going on inside – who it is that lives there and….what are they up to?

I’ll be honest, I’m as nosey as they come, so a while back I challenged our Cult members to see what they thought the answer was…

This is the work we got back from:

  1. Philippa Hatton-Lepine
  2. S.A. Leavesley
  3. Callum A. Stewart
  4. Margaret Royall
  5. Darren J Beaney
  6. Gaynor Kane
  7. Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon, and
  8. Phil Santus

You can download your copy and find out what they thought, by simply clicking on the link below:

Who Lives In A House Like This - Stickleback (258 downloads)

 

 

Winter Books: Annie Maclean’s ‘The Garden/er’

I’m more than chuffed to be able to unveil the rather beautiful cover of ‘The Garden/er’ our forthcoming collection from Annie Maclean.

Annie is a wonderful poet and I really can’t wait to share this with you all in the near future.

About The Garden/er:

“The Garden/er is a long poem which contains a sequence of elegies. It follows a year in a garden, month by month, examining flora and fauna, and listening to the author’s experiences and reactions to her father’s death. Anger and bewilderment and loss give way to an appreciation of the rhythms of the natural world.”

About Annie,

Since passing my ‘three score years’ of age, I now follow the hopes of Katsushita Hokusai who commented:

‘… at 73 years I partly understood the structure of animals, birds, insects and fishes and the life of grasses and plants. And so at 86 I shall progress further; at 90 I shall even further penetrate their secret meaning and by 100 I shall perhaps truly have reached the level of the marvellous and the divine. When I am 110, each dot, each line, will possess a life of its own.’

[Calza, Gian Carlo (2004) ‘Hokusai: A Universe’ in HOKUSAI, p.7 Phaidon Press]

plus

I have recently been awakened by Extinction Rebellion. We have 11 years to address the climate emergency on our planet. Today is 2019. 2031 will be too late.

Wake up, everyone! Wake up!

Friday Night is Fish Supper Night #20 – Ode To A Hedgehog

Since I started the Hedgehog Press, I’ve made it a point to ask people to write Hedgehog poems.

I know, I don’t get out much.

Anyway, a while ago I collected some of them together in a wee Stickleback, which as this week’s Free Friday Download, I thought I would share it with you.

You can download your copy, by simply clicking on the link below:

Stickleback - Ode to a Hedgehog (191 downloads)

 

p.s. We have a ‘Something For The Weekend’ offer running today, which means that you can buy Three Print Collections for a silly £10 – find out more HERE