“Handwrite Me A Poem About…Your Best Friend” – Single Poem Competition


Handwrite us a poem that shares your love for a pet that became Your Best Friend

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In this, the first of an exciting new series we are looking for poems the introduce us to a beloved pet that in many ways became Your Best Friend.

Whether that is a Dog, a Cat, a White Mouse or a Gecko, we would love to see how you celebrate them in verse, but this is a competition with a twist.

What we would love you to do is HANDWRITE your entry onto a plain sheet of paper and either post or email it to us.

Illustrations or photos of your pet itself are more than welcome as long as they appear on the same side of a sheet of paper. The more colourful they are the better.

All poems must be received by 11.59pm on the 15th of May 2019, with a single winner:

  1. Receiving £100 in Prize Money
  2. Receiving 250 copies of their poem beautifully printed in Artcard form, and
  3. Seeing their poem be beautifully reproduced in a great new Anthology, to be published in Full Colour by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

We will also be inviting all of the shortlisted poets to have their Handwritten poem included in the anthology too and of course everybody who has their work featured will receive copies of the finished work.

We are really excited about the idea which was inspired by our 100 Vapour Trails website (which you can see HERE)

The competition will be judged by Mark Davidson, Editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press.


  1. Poets should enter the competition by paying the entry fee on the Hedgehog Poetry Press web site
  2. Once you have paid your entry,  either email a scanned copy of your poem to poetry@hedgehogpress.co.uk or post it to the address below
  3. Poems should be up to a maximum of 40 lines each
  4. Cult members need only email their entry, no payment required
  5. All work must be your own and must not have been previously published in a book or collection by a traditional publisher. Magazine published poems are acceptable as are previously self-published collections.
  6. Judges decision is final
  7. Deadline for entries is 15th May 2019 at 11.59pm
  8. Competition results will be published on the Hedgehog Press web site and via our Email Newsletter on or prior to the 1st August 2019


Either Email a scanned copy of your handwritten poem to: poetry@hedgehogpress.co.uk

or post it to:

Your Best Friend
The Hedgehog Poetry Press
5 Coppack House
Churchill Avenue
BS21 6QW





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