July Challenge: Liberté, égalité, fraternité

The July Cult Members-Only Challenge

I’m pleased to be able to announce that the winners of this Challenge who will share a quite wonderfilled anthology, are:

  1. Elisabeth Kelly
  2. Kate Young, and
  3. Mick Yates

Liberté, égalité, fraternité? will be published on the 11th of November.

Many thanks to everybody that took part.


The Challenge:

I hesitate to start a sentence with the words ‘We live in unprecedented times’ as I think somebody from the cliché police will taser me, but we can’t ignore the massive upheaval we have lived through and which is coming in the months and years ahead. This wholesale disruption is scary but also a time of opportunity, for us to look again with fresh eyes at the way the world works and more importantly – how we would like it to work.

It is easy to think ‘what can I do?’ but the truth is that private revolutions – one person saying ‘No!’ – are always the beginning of bigger changes. Acorns form oaks, but the opportunity for change is open to all,  little Hitlers grow into big Hitlers so we have to do something, because the Hitlers of the world always do, don’t they?

But this is about poetry, and what is it for if we aren’t there to dream up better worlds – imagine better lives – and that is what this challenge is about.

Those who were in the Cult from the start may remember one of my aborted challenges from Cult#1, where I challenged individual members to write individual poems. That didn’t work – I was so naive 🙂 – but I’ve always thought that Liberté, égalité and fraternité was the perfect shape for a forward looking collection of poetry. It just feels a little more timely now, perhaps.

The challenge for July then is to choose one of Liberté, égalité and fraternité as your topic and fill FIVE pages with poetry or artwork where you imagine a better world for us all.

This can be one long poem, five sonnets or a dozen haiku or any other form or collection of forms – whatever works for you. Artwork must be your own and limited to one piece per poet – you need to write some poems too!

Imagine the pages are A5 and that you can fit 40 lines of text on it including titles and you won’t go too far wrong.

I will choose one winner for each of the sections, i.e. Three winners in total, with their poetry being published as a wee anthology on November 11th 2020.

To be clear:

  1. Choose one of Liberté, égalité or fraternité as you topic
  2. Write or collate Five pages worth of your poems/art based on your topic
  3. Poems can be new work or previously published as long as you retain the rights
  5. Obviously this is only open to members of the Cult of the Spiny Hog (If you aren’t a member, find out more HERE)

The Prize:

Three winners will see their poems included in an anthology ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité?’ to be published on 11/11/20

Each winner will receive 50 copies of the anthology



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