White Label Collection Competition – Results

I’m really pleased to be able to announce the results of our search for Three First Collections, to be published as part of our White Label Pamphlet series.

The three poets who have had their debut collection selected for publication by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2019, are:

  1. Annie Maclean  – The Garden/er
  2. Attracta Fahy – Dinner In The Fields
  3. Philippa Hatton-Lepine – Thoughts while walking with Merlyn

Other Shortlisted Collections were:

  1. Fiona Sanderson
  2. Jac Shortland
  3. Kieran Egan
  4. Ceinwen Haydon
  5. Patricia M. Osborne
  6. Rachel Burns
  7. Robert Nield
  8. Sue Ibrahim

I’d like to thank everybody that entered the competition, it would have been easy to choose a dozen more.

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‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Competition – Results

I’m proud and pleased to be able to announce that Judge Sue Burge has finished her deliberations and we can now unveil the results for the ‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Pamphlet Competition.

Winner: Melissa Fu

Speaking about Melissa’s collection, Sue said:

“A beautifully crafted, fully-fledged, mature piece of work.  Each poem sings off the page in its own right, but together they form a pleasing and coherent whole with a strong, consistent voice.”

Highly Commended: C.R. Smith

Which Sue described, as:

“C R Smith’s carefully crafted pamphlet would be my second choice.  The idea of fourteen poems in fourteen pages is a satisfying and well-thought through concept.  There is a nostalgic, somewhat melancholic feel to many of the poems – they evoke a strong sense of place and the overall voice is a beguiling one.”

Shortlisted:

  • Anne McMaster
  • Ceinwen Haydon
  • Gaynor Kane
  • Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe

I’m pleased to say that Melissa will see her collection published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in the new year and I would very much like to thank everybody that entered in what turned out to be a quite remarkable competition.

 

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Songs to Learn & Sing – The Winners

We are really proud to announce the shortlist and Winner of the Songs to Learn & Sing Competition.

Overall Winner: Ceinwen Haydon

Highly Commended Runner-ups: Ali Jones & Mick Yates

Shortlisted Poets:

Susan Castillo
Kerry Darbishire
Steve Xerri
Mara Adamitz Scrupe
Gaynor Kane
Peter Francis Pegnall
Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe
Chris Hemingway
Marilyn Francis
Betty Hasler
Clare O’Brien
Amy Alexander
Mary Gilonne
CR Smith
David Mark Williams
Kerri Anne Stebbins
Dave Murray

All of the shortlisted poets will see their poems appear in the ‘Songs to Learn & Sing’ anthology which is due for release later this year.

I would like to thank everybody that took part in the competition. It was horrendously difficult to judge, and I hope you will excuse the fact that I am a little late in releasing the results.

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

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of our ‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition, is David Mark Williams for his collection ‘Papaya Fantasia’  which will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in Winter 2018.

We are also pleased to say that Victoria Richards, Karen Dennison, Robin Lyndsay Wilson and Phil Vernon were all Highly Commended.

Once more, many thanks to everybody who entered the competition and congratulations to all of the poets who made it to the Longlist and beyond.

 

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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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Arfur – Line-Up Announced NOW

It is hard to believe that it is only four months since I started to ask people to spare us their poetic change for  ‘Arfur’, but I am pleased and proud to be able to say that we have finally got it all together and the first issue is about to go to print.

I’m a little new to this, as you know, so if this isn’t the done thing I’ll apologise now, but I thought it only right to say thank you to all of the people who submitted work, whether they ended-up in the magazine or not. It quite simply could have been hundreds of pages long and at times could well have ended-up that way.

In the end though, you have to choose and so here are the poets who have their work in this first edition:

  • Beth McDonough
  • Bill Herbert
  • Brian Docherty
  • Charlotte Begg
  • Chen Chen
  • D.M. Thomas
  • Diana Devlin
  • Eileen Carney Hulme
  • Eileen Myles
  • Georgina Titmus
  • Jane Burn
  • Joe Williams
  • Johanna Boal
  • Jonathan Jones
  • Kristin Garth
  • M.Stone
  • Martin Malone
  • Matt Duggan
  • Megan Falley
  • Melissa Wu
  • Mimi Khalvati
  • Moniza Alvi
  • Nick Toczek
  • Nigel Kent
  • Peter J. King
  • Phil Hawtin
  • Rachel Burns
  • Rob Sheppard
  • Sanjeev Sethi
  • Sarah Bigham
  • Sarah Leavesley
  • Sarah Thomson
  • Sonia Davies
  • Sophie Hannah
  • Tawnya Renelle
  • Victoria Richards
  • Zoe Mitchell

The full line-up of articles, interviews and reviews will follow later.

If you’d like to pre-order a Deluxe copy of the magazine (and make sure there is a second issue!), you’d be more than welcome to visit HERE

 

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Arfur Is Coming

I have to say, getting the first issue of ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ blinking and out into the light will be a bit of a relief. Like the Anthology competition it feels as though the phoney-war has gone on forever and I just want everybody to see what we have ended-up with – the selection for issue #1 is made and lots of emails will start flying on Monday.

It is quite a line-up, both in terms of the poems/poets included, and in the various articles and interviews.

I have said to a few people that my taste in poetry is a little eclectic, so it was always going to be something for everybody ahead of everything for somebody, well, unless you are me, clearly.

I’m aiming to publish a list of contributors next week. Not quite sure if that is the done thing or not, but certainly for the first issue I can see that people may need to know what they would be buying into if they take a punt on young Arfur.

However, if you are adventurous, you can always take a punt and pre-order HERE.

 

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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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