‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ Results and Longlist

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.

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That Longlist in full is below, and congratulations and thanks to everybody that took part.

  1. Victoria Richards
  2. Matt Duggan
  3. Sarah Thomson
  4. Jane Aldous
  5. Chrissy Banks
  6. Ben Banyard
  7. Sarah J Bryson
  8. F H Erba
  9. Eileen Carney-Hulme
  10. Selma Carvalho
  11. Gail Ferguson
  12. Dido
  13. Melissa Fu
  14. Mary Gilonne
  15. Nicolette Golding
  16. Deborah Gregory
  17. David Hale
  18. Andrew Halsig
  19. Betty Hasler
  20. Chris Hemingway
  21. Elisabeth Horan
  22. Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe
  23. Nigel Hutchinson
  24. Stephanie Hutton
  25. Hanan Issa
  26. Diane Jackman
  27. Gaynor Kane
  28. Nigel Kent
  29. Isabelle Kenyon
  30. Annie Maclean
  31. Liz McDonnell
  32. Karen Mooney
  33. Victoria Richards
  34. Jo Roberts
  35. Sally Spedding
  36. Ian Stuart
  37. Georgina Titmus
  38. Hannah-Rose Tristram
  39. Phil Vernon
  40. Paul Wooldridge
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The Lazy Chap’s Guide To Poetry Competition Judging

Road o Clevedon Pier AnthologyI’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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. From there, I had a day off. I’m quite lazy, really.
  4. I read all of the entries again, this time more critically and ended-up with a pile of ‘possibles’ and another of ‘sadly nots.’
  5. I panicked a little as the ‘possibles’ towered over the ‘sadly nots’.
  6. I thought I’d better read them again. But took the rest of the day off first.
  7. 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.
  8. I took another day off as this was becoming like hard work and I wasn’t sure I’d signed-up for that.
  9. 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.
  10. I definitely took the rest of that day off at this point.
  11. 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.

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Thank You

I just wanted to say thank you to everybody that submitted their work to our new magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ and/or entered the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition.

It is only three months since we decided to start a press and I can’t help but be amazed at just how much friendly support and good wishes we have received so far, and it is all a little humbling in truth.

But more importantly, we’re aiming to have the competition judged, the selection for issue #1 of the magazine settled quick and smart and hopefully create something worthy of your time.

Oscar speech over,
work starting.

Maybe some coffee first.

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Lost Weekend

Lord knows I’m not one to nag – I’m really not – but I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t just mention, one-last-time, that this is the final weekend for you to be able to:

  1. Submit your poems for consideration for the first issue of ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’. There are no reading fees, no theme and we are totally open to all types and forms of poetry,  and
  2. Enter our Anthology Competition, ‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ for the chance to win some money, and to see your poetry appear in our first ever book, among other things.

Both end on Monday the 15th of January at a smidgeon before midnight.

For those that I managed to confuse, the Collection competition – ‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ doesn’t end until the 15th of March.

That costs £25 to enter, but if you are a member of the ‘Cult of the Spiny ‘Hog’ which also costs £25 to join, you can enter as many times as you like for no further pennies.

i.e. Join the Cult for £25, enter both competitions as many times as you like and get both the Anthology and the Magazine for not a penny more. Also get invited to various writing prompts and contests that are exclusive to the Cult.

All for exactly the same price as entering the Collection competition.

There is a clue there.

No strings

No catches

No commitment.

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Counting Backwards (To Christmas)

Happy New Year, although to be totally honest all of those festivities are already fading as the sheer terror of a deadline creeping up on me becomes apparent.

Yes, it seemed a million miles away, but it in terms of the deadlines of submissions for Arfur, and entries for the ‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ anthology competition the sands have nearly all squeezed through the gap.

No, I’ve lost my thread too.

Regardless of all that, here is a quick reminder that if you wanted to submit a poem for the first issue of ‘A Restricted View From Under the Hedge’ or if you wanted to enter our Anthology competition, the deadlines for both are the 15th of January.

That was all, really.

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Sometimes You Just Have To Put It Right

Sometimes, no matter how much you think about things, you still manage to mess them up and so I have to say I was really pleased when the fabulous Sarah Doyle suggested that maybe it would be a good idea to have a rethink about our Anthology competition.

She pointed out that we were charging a fee to enter the competition, but not paying prize money and basically (in a very nice and considered way) she painted a picture that even I could see meant that, well, I’d cocked it up.

Best laid plans and all that, but there we are. I’d gotten it wrong.

I won’t bore you with the angst and gnashing of teeth, but in truth I never mind making mistakes and I’ve always thought/hoped that it is how you deal with them that matters.

So after a night and a bit of thinking it through, we’ve decided to change the prizes, so that rather than the Leather Bound and very posh Journal we were all very impressed with, instead the winner will now receive £150 cash, with two runners-up getting £25 each. All three will also get subscriptions to ‘Arfur’ and all the other bits and bobs we’d already decided on.

If however the winner would prefer the posh book, that is cool too, they will get the choice.

The competition page has been updated Here.

So (really) many thanks to Sarah, it is always good when somebody takes the time to help you along the way, and she was well cool about it. Cheers Sarah 🙂

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Covering Up

ArfurIt was an interesting day today as we finally got our first look at the covers we are planning to use for the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology, and the first issue of our (rather spiffy looking) magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge.’

These are apparently known as ‘Scamps’ or ‘Mockups’ or ‘Dollies’ (I made one of the three up there as I am a little bored with the buzzwords) but I would imagine that they will be somewhere close to the finished article come next year.

Road o Clevedon Pier AnthologyBoth photographs were taken by our in-house snapper in Clevedon where we are based, as indeed are all of the landscapes on the web site and we are rather pleased with how they are working so far.

Smug Are We, as the saying goes.

I have to say that despite us not really trying to spread the word just yet we are starting to get a few submissions for the magazine (I’m calling it ‘Arfur’ from here on in to save typing-time) and already they are looking pretty good.

We have humble hopes, but they are rising already.

One thing – if you want to keep up-to-date about all of our goings-on, you can sign-up for our free (like anybody charges for such things) newsletter, using the form below all of this rambling.

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We Started Something

It is only a week since we silently launched The Hedgehog Poetry Press with vague promises of this and of that, but I have to say it is starting to be ‘something.’

Initially, it struck us that we may as well let people start to submit their work for possible inclusion in our first issue of ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’, and I have to say we were really surprised when somebody did.

How did they know?

We certainly hadn’t told anybody.

It is even odder still today as we have launched two competitions, ‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ our first anthology competition, and ‘A Slim Volume Of One’s Own’ our first single poet collection competition.

Somebody has already entered those too.

It isn’t even the same somebody, in fact it is three discrete somebodies.

It is most perplexing.

Although, thank you to the somebodies.

So much better than being nobodies.

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‘A Slim Volume Of One’s Own’ Collection Competition

‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’

Here at The Hedgehog Press, we very much would like to be a publisher of great single poet collections, and after a lot of discussion have decided that the best way to find the poets and evaluate their work is to run a competition. Not a very original decision we agree, but then we can’t hide from the fact that we are often all standing on the shoulders of some quite big chaps and trying to see what is going on.

Regardless of all that, a competition we have and we are inordinately proud to say that our ‘A Slim Volume Of One’s Own’ competition will see at least one poet end-up with exactly that, the very first individual collection of poetry from The Hedgehog Press.

But to the competition and this really is the most open-minded of open poetry competitions, and whatever your topic, form or motivation, we look forward to reading your work in the form of a collection of up to forty poems.


To enter our first poetry collection competition, please visit the payment page HERE and pay the appropriate entrance fee.

Once you have done that, please complete the form below and upload your poems in a single PDF document.

You may enter up to Three collections of your poetry.

These may each contain up to Forty poems each.


Prizes:

The winning poet will:

a) See a collection of their poetry published in paperback form by The Hedgehog Press.

Beautifully, I might add.

b) Be interviewed for the next issue of our magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ where we will also publish a ‘Showcase’ selection of their work.

c) Receive a year’s subscription to our magazine ‘A Restricted View From The Hedge’

d) Receive 100 Copies of their finished book. We are big believers in supporting poets and feel that readings are the best way for a poet to sell books and profit from their art.

e) We will enter the collection to any awards/competitions to which it is applicable/we feel likely to do well.

f) Obviously we will send review copies to a selection of poetry journals and national media.

g) The winners collection of poetry will be published during  2018 or by agreement with the poet. We are easy going chaps but would like to see it in print sooner rather than later.


Rules:

We don’t really like rules, so we will aim to keep it simple:

a) Make sure all of the work is your own.

b) We don’t mind if poems have been published in magazines before, but poems that have previously appeared in book form in earlier collections are sadly excluded.

c) Poems entered below are classed as ‘Pending’ until the appropriate entrance fee has been paid. Until then they will not be included in the judging process.

d) We only accept poems electronically (due to the geographical locations of the judges.) If you would prefer to email your entry or pay via Bank Transfer, please get in touch using the ‘Tell The Hog‘ page.

e) No postal entries or payments by cheque or postal order are possible at the moment, unfortunately.

f) The decision of the judges is final.

g) Deadline for entries is 15th March 2018 at 11:59pm


To enter please complete the form below and upload your poems using the ‘Add File’ button in PDF format:

Please Note: We ask for poems to be provided as a PDF file as this is the best way for us to see the layout as you intended. We don’t wish this to become a problem for you though, so if you need help please do contact us Here and we will see what we can do (although please don’t leave it until 11:58pm on the deadline day to ask!)

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‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition – CLOSED

‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’

Road o Clevedon Pier Anthology** THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED **

As our first anthology, we wanted to make it as accessible as possible, so in terms of the poetry itself, there really are no preconceptions.

This really is the most open-minded of open poetry competitions, and whatever your topic, form or motivation, we look forward to reading your work.

To enter our first poetry anthology competition, please visit the payment page HERE and pay the appropriate entrance fee.

Once you have done that, please complete the form below and upload your poems in a single PDF document.


Prizes:

The winning poem/poet will:

a) Receive A Prize of £150. There will additionally be two Runners-up prizes of £25 each

b) See their poem appear as the lead poem in the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology and obviously receive a copy of the anthology.

c) Be interviewed for the next issue of our magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ where we will also publish their winning entry alongside a ‘Showcase’ of a selection of their poetry (if they so wish.)

d) Receive a year’s subscription to our magazine ‘A Restricted View From The Hedge’

All shortlisted poems will also appear in the ‘Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology

All shortlisted poets will of course receive a complimentary copy of the anthology.


Rules:

We don’t really like rules, so we will aim to keep it simple:

a) Make sure all of the work is your own.

b) We don’t mind if poems have been published in magazines before, but poems that have previously appeared in book form (in collections or anthologies) are sadly excluded. There is nothing worse than buying an anthology and finding that you have read all of the poems before, so give some of your other work a chance!

c) Poems entered below are classed as ‘Pending’ until the appropriate entrance fee has been paid. Until then they will not be included in the judging process.

d) We only accept poems electronically (due to the geographical locations of the judges.) If you would prefer to email your entry or pay via Bank Transfer, please get in touch using the ‘Tell The Hog‘ page.

e) No postal entries or payments by cheque or postal order are possible at the moment, unfortunately.

f) The decision of the judges is final.

g) Deadline for entries is 15th January 2018 at 11:59pm


‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ will be published in March 2018, and will contain work from the shortlisted poets from our competition.

To enter please complete the form below and upload your poems using the ‘Add File’ button, uploading a single PDF file.

Please Note: We ask for poems to be provided as a PDF file as this is the best way for us to see the layout as you intended. We don’t wish this to become a problem for you though, so if you need help please do contact us Here and we will see what we can do (although please don’t leave it until 11:58pm on the deadline day to ask!)

** THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ***

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