White Label -Deux – First Collection Competition RESULTS

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:

  1. Francoise Chouinard
  2. Gaynor Kane
  3. Leung Rachel Ka Yin
  4. Michal Choiński
  5. Sue Norton, and
  6. Vicky Allen

…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.

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RESULTS: The 1st Annual Cupid’s Arrow Love Poem Competition

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
Aimee Hill
Oz Hardwick
Peter Burrows
S.A. Leavesley
Aaron Sheldrake
Mehran Waheed
Dani Salvadori
Ama Bolton
Demi Anter
Tammy Swift-Adams
Renée Ballerini-Sigel
Diana Devlin
Mono Ghose
William Paul Trapani
Missy Reddy
John Maxwell O’Brien
Dawn Bauling
Phil Hawtin
Natalie Crick

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.

 

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Full Fat Collection Competition: The Winner Is…

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:

  1. Alastair Hesp
  2. Beda Higgins
  3. Debjani Chatterjee
  4. Oz Hardwick, and
  5. Sue Spiers, who David additionally selected for commendation.

I’d like to thank David for the judging and everybody that entered the competition.

 

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‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition – Longlist

We are proud to announce a ‘Longlist’ for our ‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition.

The poets who have collections going forward to the final judging, are:

  1. Beth McDonough
  2. Carol McKay
  3. Joanna Brown
  4. Karen Dennison
  5. David Mark Williams
  6. Matthew Duggan
  7. Patience Light
  8. Phil Vernon
  9. Robin Lyndsay Wilson
  10. Victoria Richards

The final result is to be published on Monday 23rd of April. Many thanks to everybody who entered the competition and congratulations to all of the poets who made it to the Longlist.

 

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‘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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