Welcome to The Hedgehog Poetry Press

I’m proud and pleased to be able to announce that Judge Sue Burge has finished her deliberations and we can now unveil the results for the ‘Nicely Folded Paper’ Pamphlet Competition.

Winner: Melissa Fu

Speaking about Melissa’s collection, Sue said:

“A beautifully crafted, fully-fledged, mature piece of work.  Each poem sings off the page in its own right, but together they form a pleasing and coherent whole with a strong, consistent voice.”

Highly Commended: C.R. Smith

Which Sue described, as:

“C R Smith’s carefully crafted pamphlet would be my second choice.  The idea of fourteen poems in fourteen pages is a satisfying and well-thought through concept.  There is a nostalgic, somewhat melancholic feel to many of the poems – they evoke a strong sense of place and the overall voice is a beguiling one.”

Shortlisted:

  • Anne McMaster
  • Ceinwen Haydon
  • Gaynor Kane
  • Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe

I’m pleased to say that Melissa will see her collection published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in the new year and I would very much like to thank everybody that entered in what turned out to be a quite remarkable competition.


We are rather proud to announce that the first of the Limited Print Editions of Stickleback are now available to pre-order for the princely sum of only £2 each – delivered anywhere that a stamp will take them.

These really are something special, but there will only be a single print run, so when they are gone, they really are, well, gone.

Find out more Here


About Us

The Hedgehog Poetry Press began as an idea in October 2017, but didn’t truly launch until April 2018 with its first issue of the magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge.’

Since then, we have launched our own Cult – The Cult of the Spiny Hog – which is surely a one of a kind, offering our members everything we publish alongside a range of competitions and writing challenges that hit them from every angle.

Our latest innovation is the forthcoming launch of Stickleback a new type of magazine that will be available for Free on-line at least a couple of times each month, both in anthology and micro collection form, but also as a pamphlet too, here and there.

We are also the home of the 100 Vapour Trails initiative that saw 100 EMPTY pamphlets get passed to poets as we asked them to handwrite a poem into the book, upload a photograph of the page and then hand the book on to another poet to do the same.

There is a web site, already full of some quite brilliant poems Here.

There will be plenty more to come too, we already have plans for a fine selection of Single Poet Collections including work from Raine Geoghegan, David Mark Williams, Sue Burge, Kristin Garth, Karen Dennison, Amy Alexander, Matt Duggan and Elisabeth Horan and after that, well, who knows.


Latest Twitter News From The Hedgehog Poetry Press

4 hours ago
Another fine poet I'm more than happily proud to see joining the Hedgehog cohort in 2019 is Nigel Kent. Initially sharing one of our Conversations with the brilliant, Sarah Thomson I'm made-up to say that we will be publishing a collection of his work later in the year
@kent_nj https://t.co/p9fScfTA0Y
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12 hours ago
Dead tricky folding a hedgehog, your postie must have some seriously thick gloves... https://t.co/EmFH1GHHRg
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Andrew Roycroft @andrew_roycroft
‘...we breathe easier
in thin air with winged freedom.’

Delighted that Royal Mail managed to fit a hedgehog and a stickleback through the letterbox today...

Great work @gaynorkane @hedgehogpoetry https://t.co/i5UDHW9hf1
15 hours ago
Our 'FULL FAT COLLECTION' Competition is searching for a poet to have their Full Collection published in Book or Pamphlet form (your choice) in 2019.
To be judged by David Mark Williams (Closing: 30/11/2018)

https://t.co/1vuyNpIjEc

@PoetrySociety @natpoetrylib #poetry https://t.co/ODKqVP4rMj
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19 hours ago
Cool! https://t.co/4QcLN6VLcN
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Matt Duggan @mjduggan71
I've received my bundle of poetic gems from @hedgehogpoetry Thank you.
Wow, what an absolute treat!
which includes my article ' A Journey Across the Pond' and three new poems in the latest issue of Arfur #cultofthespinyhog https://t.co/fTsoMygDxD
1 day ago
I can't do emojis, can't do Gifs...good job I've got a genius around... https://t.co/auHkIRWRri hedgehogpoetry photo