‘Handwrite Me a Poem About…Your Best Friend’ – RESULTS

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.

Cult of the Spiny Hog – The Challenges

People who aren’t in our wee Cult don’t really get to hear about what actually happens when you are a member. Oh, they may know that you get to enter all of the competitions for ‘Free’ (once you have paid to join) and that you get all of the beautiful books and pamphlets we publish too, but I tend to skip over the Challenges somewhat.

Which is a little daft as I am proud that each month all of the members get to have a competition of their own and most of the time, choose the winner themselves too.

We have just had a vote to decide the winner of our May Challenge and Jenna Plewes won and will be invited to take a six month writing ‘trip’ as part of Sue Burge’s epic ‘Writing Cloud.‘ This is a wicked prize and I think a lot of people will be quite jealous of her (me included.)

Prior to that we had our April Challenge, which saw us have a Stickleback competition that will see John Gosnell and Debjani Chatterjee both have a micro-collection pamphlet published featuring their work and receive 100 copies of their printed pamphlet each. How cool is that? Both of their entries were brilliant and again, the members of the Cult chose the winner. I love that sort of thing.

As for June’s challenge, I’m judging that one and I love the idea as I’ve asked people to think of an advertising slogan that, like a song, triggers a memory, and uses that as a basis of a poem. I’ve already received a few entries and every day look forward to seeing what appears in my inbox. There is such a diversity of approach and wonderful collective talent in our wee Cult, I’m, err, lovin’ it.

‘Lenin & McCarthy’ Competition – RESULTS

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.

All the best

Mark Davidson
The Hedgehog Poetry Press

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.

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.


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.


Tree Poets : Shade of Fire Competition – Results

I’m really pleased to finally be able to announce the winners of our ‘Tree Poets’ competition, that aimed to find three poets to share a pamphlet for us to publish this year.

In many ways, I hate to admit that the competition didn’t go well, but despite the Post Office losing the entries and everything else, we got there in the end and I am more than happy to say that we decided to publish two such collections, such was the quality of the entries.

So the winners are, in no apparent order:

1. Jane Lovell
2. Frank McHugh
3. Jane Burn
4. Kate Garrett
5, Elizabeth Gibson, and
6. Kay Channon

Their work will be published, split across two pamphlets:

a. Tree Poets : Shades of Fire, and
b. Tree Poets : Flames of Ice

I hope you will join me in congratulating all of the winners.

Additionally, given that we were both delayed and had a change of judge due to this, I will be writing to everybody who entered the competition and inviting them to enter any other Hedgehog Press competition that they wish with our compliments.  

All the best

Mark Davidson
The Hedgehog Poetry Press

Nine Sticklebacks & A Happy New Year

One of the real pleasures of the first nine months of the Hedgehog Press has been the fact that we have got to create nine beautiful Sticklebacks filled by brilliant poets. The paper editions of the micro-collections are long gone, but the poetry lives on in our lovely downloadables – and best of all FREE – PDF editions.

So have a lovely New Year, and feel free to help yourself to one or to all HERE

If you like them, it is a tricky time of year for a lot of people and I would love it if you could spare a couple of bob for a foodbank local to you. Sadly they aren’t hard to find these days.

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.