Everything the Hedgehog Press does is underpinned by the support of our secret weapon, the 100 members of the Cult of the Spiny Hog.
The Cult members are a big part of everything we do and unusually, at the moment, there are a few places available for new members, which I hope you will agree is a fantastic opportunity for writers and readers of poetry.
To join costs £25* for three months (* or £35 if you aren’t in the UK) and personally, and I realise that I am biased, I truly believe that if you are a reader or writer of poetry, joining the Cult is the best thing you could ever do and without a doubt the best deal in poetryland.
But I should give you some facts and let you decide what you think.
So what do you get if you join the Cult of the Spiny Hog?
In simple terms – everything.
That is, whilst you are a member you:
1. Will receive everything we publish, and
2. Be able to enter all of our competitions as many times as you like.
But ‘everything’ is hard to see, so for example, if you joined today – paid £25* for a three month membership – you could enter ALL of these competitions while you are a member:
a. Nicely Folded Paper – Trois (Usually £25):
This is looking for Three poets who will have their Full Collection published in Pamphlet form
b. Something Slim – A Novella Competition (Usually £25):
Do you also write prose or prose poetry? Here we have the opportunity for you to have a novella length book published of your work
c. Sticklebacking (Usually £10):
We are relaunching out Stickleback Micro-Collections in 2020 and looking for poets to publish in them
d. Prickly Shorts (Usually £10):
Like the Sticklebacks, our Prickly Shorts are going to be one story pamphlets and this competition is looking for work for the first of these. Like the novella competition, this can be prose or prose poetry.
e. White Label – Quatre (Usually £25):
We have regular competitions looking for First Collections to be published in Pamphlet form. Our next White label collection will be launched on the 1st of December.
f. Selected or Neglected – Deux (Usually £25):
We don’t publish many books, but the 1st of January will see us launch our second Selected or Neglected competition, aiming to find a poet who will see their ‘Best of’ collection published in 2020.
So that is £120 worth of competitions if you entered them all only once, but then there is the contents of the Goody Box you would receive in December.
The Goody Box Contains Everything We Publish:
As I write this, the final contents isn’t confirmed, but what I can say is that you will receive a beautifully packaged box in time for Christmas that will contain at least SEVEN pamphlets, including new work from Raine Geoghegan, Gaynor Kane, Mick Yates, Juliette van der Molen and Annie Maclean.
There will also be a copy of our lovely ‘Postcards From The Hedge: Bestiary of the Night’ anthology and an exclusive poetry calendar.
All of these would cost a minimum of £60 if you bought them separately.
And without sounding like a market trader, that isn’t all.
But the Cult is more than a good deal, as over the last year or so it has genuinely turned into a supportive writers group. It has it’s own area of our web site and every month we have Challenges that provide some (hopefully) interesting prompts that take your writing in new directions and often see members finding their work in print.
So to summarise – that is at least £60 worth of poetry books and pamphlets, £120 worth of Competitions, membership of a supportive band of poets, Monthly challenges with plenty of opportunities to be published and…
Did I mention the badges?
I’m sure that there are other things I have forgotten, but there we are.
So, if you fancy it and there are places still available, you can sign-up HERE.
The Cult is limited to 100 members, so if you are interested, don’t delay, join today…
(Sorry, the cheesey jokes comes as part of the package too, I’m afraid.)