“Songs of Lenin & McCarthy” – Competition


Our ‘Songs of Lenin & McCarthy’ Competition will see 20 Original Artists find their poem published in our Anthology of the same name in 2019. It will be judged by Matt Duggan.


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Our ‘Songs To Learn and Sing’ Competition will see 20 Original Artists find their poem published as one of Twenty Golden Greats in our beautifully produced anthology.

The winning poem will earn the writer £100.

Two runners-up prizes of £25 will also be awarded.

The idea behind the competition is really simple:

  1. Choose a favourite song
  2. Steal the song’s title (but none of the lyrics!)
  3. Write a poem of up to 40 lines that tells us something about the here and now. We want to hear what YOU think about the world we are living and how it is being run.
  4. Enter the competition

It is as simple as that.

From there, competition judge Matt Duggan will choose the most important poems and they will be published in a square, 7″ Record style book, initially as a Limited Edition Deluxe ‘White Label’ and then as a Standard paperback.


  1. One winning Poem will see the writer win £100
  2. Two Runners-Up prizes of £25
  3. Everybody who has their poem included in the anthology will receive copies of both the Deluxe and Standard Editions


  1. All poems must be submitted by email to poetry@hedgehogpress.co.uk in Word, TXT or RTF format, after payment has been made via this web site.
  2. Please Note: Cult members need only email their entry
  3. All work must be your own and must not have been previously published in a book or collection. Magazine published poems are acceptable
  4. Your poem Must Not contain any lyrics or words from the original song
  5. Judges decision is final
  6. Deadline for entries is 31st October 2018 at 11.59pm
  7. Competition results will be published on the Hedgehog Press web site and via our Email Newsletter on 31st December 2018.

About Matt Duggan
Matt was born in 1971 and lives in Bristol in the U.K. with his partner Kelly his poems have appeared in many journals across the world such as Osiris Poetry Journal, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, The Blue Nib, Into the Void & The Journal. Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 and became one of five core members at Erbacce-Press. In 2017 Matt won the Into the Void Poetry Prize with his poem Elegy for Magdalene, and read his work across the east – coast of the U.S.A. with readings at the prestigious Cambridge Public Library Poetry Series in Boston, a guest poet appearance at The Parkside Lounge and Sip This in New York, and also read at his first U.S. book launch in Philadelphia. Matt has two new chapbooks available One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) plus a small limited edition booklet The Feeding ( Rum Do Press) Venice and London. He has also read his work at Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy, at the Poetry Café in London, in Paxos in Greece, and at various venues across the U.K. he runs and hosts his own poetry events and was highly commended in the Road to Clevedon Pier Poetry Anthology Competition, his second full collection Woodworm (Hedgehog Poetry Press) is due in Spring 2019.

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