I’m many kinds of pleased to be able to announce that the awesome Nigel Kent and Sarah Thomson have finished their deliberations and that I can now announce the results of our ‘Conversationally Speaking’ Competition. If you remember, the idea is that we would look for a conversation in verse where two poets choose a topic and collaborate to produce a body of work where each poem is a response to the one before.
Sarah and Nigel have already produced two Conversations for Hedgehog which have been published already and I was delighted when they agreed to bring their unique knowledge to the idea to the judging and I would like to thank them both for the hard work and time they have put into the process.
“We must say we were in awe of the stamina, effort and vigour which informed each of the submissions. Every entry was clearly the product of a significant investment of time and we enjoyed reading the variety of approaches and subjects. There were some stunning individual poems and we commend every collaborative pair who submitted and hope that whilst your submission may not have made the short-list, you will have found the process rewarding.
We looked for a collection that demonstrated evenness in quality, each poem, needing to demonstrate originality, inventiveness and accomplishment in both style and form. In addition, the collection needed to have a coherent call-response structure: we looked at how each poem related to the poems that preceded and followed it. The winner, Dawn Gorman & Rosie Jackson’s ‘Aloneness is a many-headed bird’ impressed us because it not only fulfilled all these criteria but it also immediately drew the reader into the conversation between the two poets on both an intellectual and an emotional level and sustained attention from start to finish. It was a very impressive piece of work!”
Nigel Kent & Sarah Thomson July 2019
The full results are:
Winners: Dawn Gorman & Rosie Jackson ‘Aloneness is a many-headed bird’
Runner up: Rae Howells and Jean James ‘Bloom and Bones’
Both Dawn and Rosie and Rae and Jean have been invited to have their Conversations published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.
Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe & Diana Devlin ‘Dancing with Ghosts’
Hugh McMillan and Jane Frank ‘A Kist and a Field of Stars’
Maureen Cullen and Patricia M Osborne ‘Sherry and Sparkly’
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 first annual ‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition.
The Shortlisted Poets, are:
1. Alison Lock
2. Charlotte Domanski
3. Gerry Stewart
4. Janet Philo
5. Maggie Mackay
6. Martin Malone
7. Patrick Osada
8. Phil Hawtin
9. Ross McGivern
10. Tanya Prudente
This was a ridiculously difficult decision, especially given the diversity of style across the shortlist, but in the end I am really pleased to say that Gerry Stewart was the overall winner and will be invited to have her collection published in beautiful book form during 2020.
This is much deserved, but I should also say that both Martin Malone and Tanya Prudente 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.
I’m really pleased to say that our ‘Your Best Friend’ competition was well supported and that I have had a fine few weeks reading through the poems.
As ever, the standard was high and the interpretation of the theme eclectic, which is just how I like it, and so choosing a shortlist and eventual overall winner quite the challenge. But there always has to be one and so I am pleased to announce that the 20 Shortlisted Poets who will see their poem appear in a Hedgehog Press Anthology later this year, are:
1. Anna Teresa Slater
2. Anne Dunford
3. Belinda Johnston
4. Colin Glover
5. Dani Gatti
6. Douglas Cousins
7. Georgina Titmus
8. Hayley Pearce
9. Kathryn Slattery
10. Margaret Royall
11. Laura Eyres
12. Mick Yates
13. Peter Iveson
14. Phil Santus
15. Raine Geoghegan
16. Steven Jackson
17. Tammy Swift-Adams
18. Val Ormrod
19. Vicky Allen
20. Vusi Sibanda
As for the overall winner, I am really chuffed to say that it is
Anne Dunford, for her poem ‘If I Were A Cat…’
Anne will receive her prize of £100 and will see her poem printed on one of our lovely Artcards.
Many thanks to everybody that took the time to enter, it is very much appreciated.
I’m really rather pleased to (finally) announce the results for our ‘Songs of Lenin & McCarthy’ Competition, but first an apology.
Over the last six months, unfortunately things haven’t exactly run smoothly and for many reasons this has managed to get in the way of a lot of the things I have been planning and trying to do with the Hedgehog Press. I don’t really want to make excuses, but in trying to catch-up with other things, one that has taken me an age to get on top of has been this competition. Which is a shame as it is one that I was particularly keen on when I organised it.
Anyway, I just wanted to say sorry to everybody that has entered and had to wait an age for the results, but we got here in the end and there we are.
So long overdue they may be, but I’m really (really) pleased to be able to announce that the shortlisted poets who will have their poem included in the ‘Songs of Lenin & McCarthy’ anthology early next year:
1. Abi Roper
2. AJ Goryn
3. Anne Maguire
4. Belinda Rimmer
5. Carl Griffin
6. Carol Rosalind Smith
7. Ceinwen Haydon
8. Darren Beaney
9. Debjani Chatterjee
10. Denni Turp
11. Gaynor Kane
12. Genya Johnson
13. Geraldine Dudley
14. Isabelle Kenyon
15. Jenna Plewes (Selvas)
16. Karen Mooney
17. Kevan Taplin
18. Martin Malone
19. Patricia Bennett
20. Therese Kieran
The Overall Winner, who will receive a prize of £100, is: Anne Maguire
Additionally, Two Highly Commended Runners-up, Gaynor Kane and Karen Mooney will each receive a Prize of £25
I’d like to thank everybody who entered for their patience and importantly, apologise to the ever tolerant Matt Duggan who was originally scheduled to judge the competition. None of the issues were down to Matt who has been a total gent throughout and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted any blame attached to him for something that was quite simply out of his control. All mistakes are my own, as they say.
I’m really rather proud to be able to announce the winners of our second White Label First Collection Competition.
If you remember the aim was to find three, quite brilliant first collections to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.
We were looking for something special and it was a horrible process even to get it down to a short list of six, all of whom could easily have made the final three.
In the end, I’m pleased to say that I decided to blow the budget (as though we had one) and am in fact inviting all of the Six Shortlisted Poets to have their collection published as a pamphlet by the Hedgehog Press.
So congratulations to:
Leung Rachel Ka Yin
Sue Norton, and
…who I hope you will enjoy reading in the near future.
I’d like to thank everybody who entered the competition, the standard was, as ever, quite incredible.
We are really proud to announce the results of our ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ competition to find the perfect Love Poem and that the winner is the quite brilliant Eileen Carney Hulme.
The full shortlist, was:
Eileen Carney Hulme
William Paul Trapani
John Maxwell O’Brien
This has proven to be the most popular competition yet and I’d like to thank everybody who entered for making my life quite so difficult.
I’m also really pleased to say that we will be publishing the shortlisted poems in a special edition of Stickleback which will be available in April.
I’m pleased to say that after much cogitation, I am able to announce that the winner of our Full Fat Collection Competition, as chosen by David Mark Williams, is Oz Hardwick for his collection, The Lithium Codex.
David Mark Williams, who judged it, said,
“As soon as I started reading this collection I sensed I was in the presence of greatness. I had no doubts at all that this was the winner. These prose poems have the authority of a classic. It is not just the inventiveness of the writing but its precision. While each poem gives the impression of being improvised what impresses is how skillfully the effects are realised. It’s been such a privilege to be privy to having discovered this work and to ensure that it is going to be published.”
Oz’ Collection will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press during 2019.
The full Short List was:
Oz Hardwick, and
Sue Spiers, who David additionally selected for commendation.
I’d like to thank David for the judging and everybody that entered the competition.
We are more than pleased to finally be able to announce that Victoria Richards is the winner of the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition, with Matt Duggan and Sarah Thomson being Highly Commended as Runners-up.
They, along with all of the poets who made the longlist will be appearing in the Competition Anthology to be published in April.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever felt quite as popular as I did last weekend, what with Submissions for Arfur and the deadline for the Anthology Competition falling – emails every minute or two and all filled with poetry.
It is down to earth this week though, as I suddenly realised that it was ‘over to me’ and that I needed to get on with it.
I’d kind of been keeping an eye on the submissions for Arfur, and so felt it was better to go for the unopened tin that was the ‘Road to Clevedon Pier’ competition first instead, and my god there was a fair old pile of them.
I did think I should probably explain the approach (in the interests of transparency and a vague hope of sympathy,) so this is how it has gone:
All of the entries were printed and coded, and left ‘unnamed’. I feel bad about the printing, but there we are, I hate reading poetry on screen and well, I’m a Luddite, what can I say.
I read all of the poems one at a time, not to sift or sort them or otherwise get myself organised, but just to see if any grabbed me. At this point I deliberately didn’t want to think about it all as a competition, instead just read and enjoy.
From there, I had a day off. I’m quite lazy, really.
I read all of the entries again, this time more critically and ended-up with a pile of ‘possibles’ and another of ‘sadly nots.’
I panicked a little as the ‘possibles’ towered over the ‘sadly nots’.
I thought I’d better read them again. But took the rest of the day off first.
I read them all again and this time ended-up with a smaller ‘possibles’ pile, which I then managed to split into ‘probably’ and a ‘probably not, though I’m still not 100%’ piles. I felt as though I was getting somewhere now.
I took another day off as this was becoming like hard work and I wasn’t sure I’d signed-up for that.
I read them all again and started binary sorting them (I always knew that Computer Studies CSE would come in handy one day) and then somehow I ended-up with a longlist. These will be the ones that appear in the anthology.
I definitely took the rest of that day off at this point.
From there it was easy and I soon found my three poem shortlist.
And that is where we currently are. I just need to pick a winner, but unfortunately it is from three poems that I have totally fallen in love with.
Decisions, decisions. What to do?
Well, take the weekend off, clearly, and work it out on Monday.
The interesting thing is that I still don’t know who has written the poems as I’m leaving that ‘pull back the curtain’ moment until I pick the overall winner.
Oh, and I can’t seem to lay my hand on the list that matches poet to poem. But it is here, somewhere. I’m sure it is (ahem.)
I would like to thank everybody who entered, you have written some really fine poetry, i just wish it wasn’t such hard work.