October Challenge – Self Portrait

The October Challenge

I am pleased to announce that the winning entrants who will see their poems (and in some cases pretty pictures ;o) appearing in our Self Portrait anthology, are:

  1. Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon
  2. Chrissie Morris Brady
  3. Darren Beaney
  4. Eileen Carney Hulme
  5. Gaynor Kane
  6. Genya Johnson
  7. Jane Avery
  8. Kate Young
  9. Nigel Kent
  10. Nick Toczek
  11. Oz Hardwick
  12. Peter Kelly
  13. Sue Norton
  14. Valerie Bence

Deadline For Entries: 26th October 2019

Winners Announced: 31st October 2019



Every artist at some point should really define themselves and it has always struck me that as poets it would also make interesting reading if they were all compelled to do the same.

The challenge for October is for you to ‘paint’ a self-portrait in verse, concentrating on now or another time in your life, how you felt or feel or perhaps the advice you wish you could have given to yourself – it is up to you.

The title of the poem is your name.

If you have a photograph that you want to accompany the poem – better still.

To enter – just email your poem and (optional) photograph to me at poetry@hedgehogpress.co.uk

I’m going to be selecting the best for publication in January.


6 Replies to “October Challenge – Self Portrait”

  1. Hi Katherine

    It depends on where it has been published. Usually it isn’t an issue, but if you have a collection published with it in, the publisher may well be trying to sell your work on, in which case it gets trickier. If it is in a magazine, on a web site or if you have self-published – in fact in any case where you have retained your rights – it is fine. If you aren’t sure, let me know where it was published and I’ll check 🙂

    Generally though, I don’t mind as long as nobody else does!



  2. Dear Mark:
    Did you receive my entry in the October Challenge? As this is my first attempt I did not know if there were any special formatting requirements. I hope you have many entries because this looks like fun.

    Good Luck to All

  3. Really delighted to see my name there, congrats to everyone, can’t wait to read all the poems, thanks Mark.
    Very much enjoying this month’s cult box of goodies!

  4. Hi all,
    Hope everyone is coping with the current situation, keep well everyone.
    Does anyone know if ‘Self portrait’ ever get off the ground?

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