September Challenge – A Collection Competition of Our Own

The September Challenge

Deadline For Entries: 30th September 2019

Voting Announced: 19th October 2019

Voting Deadline/Winner Announced: 26th October 2019

And the Winner is ….. Sarah Wragg. Congratulations to Sarah who will have her wee collection published in the nearest of futures.


With apologies for the belatedness of the vote – my only excuse is that there were more entries from Cult members than any other challenge we have had, but in the end I got it down to a shortlist, which you can now download in the form of a Stickleback called ‘Autumn Skies’ for no real reason that I can think of right now.

Stickleback_AutumnSkies.pdf (74 downloads)

Once you have had a chance to read and think a wee bit about it all, if you wouldn’t mind voting for your favourite below, it would be much appreciated.

Remember the winner will have a wee collection of their work published in the soonerest, so be careful, with great power comes great responsibility (or something, I couldn’t read the rest of the matchbox.)

The vote endeth at some point on Saturday 26th of October.

The Belated September Challenge - Vote for your favourite set of four poems, by Author
  • Sarah Wragg 49%, 17 votes
    17 votes 49%
    17 votes - 49% of all votes
  • John Gosnell 17%, 6 votes
    6 votes 17%
    6 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe 14%, 5 votes
    5 votes 14%
    5 votes - 14% of all votes
  • Maria Stasiak 9%, 3 votes
    3 votes 9%
    3 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Brendon Booth-Jones 6%, 2 votes
    2 votes 6%
    2 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon 6%, 2 votes
    2 votes 6%
    2 votes - 6% of all votes
Total Votes: 35
October 19, 2019 - October 26, 2019
Voting is closed



This month (although with the voting it will stretch into October) I wanted us to choose one-of-our-own to have their collection published in pamphlet form.

As this can be quite an arduous read, what I thought would be best is if we do it like this:

  1. To enter, email me Four Poems in a single Word/TXT/RTF file. This should have your name on the first page. Put ‘September Challenge’ in the email header.
  2. Depending on how many entries we get, I will either collate all of them or select a shortlist and form those into a single document.The reason for the possible shortlist approach is that this can be a time-consuming read if we do have lots of entries and I’ve found in the past that not everybody has the time.
  3. We will then vote for a winner who will be invited to submit a full collection to be published in pamphlet form (circa 20 pages of poetry)
  4. If you are already planning to submit to one of the normal collection competitions, feel free to submit the same work here. The prize is exactly the same and obviously the field smaller and of course the judges are different too – so don’t be shy.


The Prize:

The winner will have their collection published and receive 100 copies of the pamphlet.



7 Replies to “September Challenge – A Collection Competition of Our Own”

  1. I’m delighted to be reading at Nigel Kent’s launch of his new collection Saudade in Worcester on September on 22 September. Thanks for asking me Nigel. It will be a great night, I’m sure.

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