Monday, 31 October 2011

Results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions (October 2011)



October 2011 Results
We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and Short Story Competitions for October 2011 judged by Todd Swift and Adnan Mahmutovic respectively.




POETRY

The 9 commended poems in no particular order are:

'Nearer my God to Thee' - Charlotte Trevella
'Van Eyk's Arnofilni Portrait' - Lynn Roberts
'The Abbot of Bingen' - Brian Nisbet
'Mitigating Things' - Richard W.Halperin
'Silent Days' - Eilidh Thomas
'Atlantis' - Nick Taylor
'An Honourable Outlaw' - Steve Layzell
'Angels of Galway Harbour' Terry Jones
                                                                       'Losing the Termagant' - GB Clarkson

The 3 highly commended poems in no particular order are:

'Post' - Sharlene Teo
'Nature Walk' - David Paul Jones
'When I Lived in Buenos Aires' - Al McClimens

Third Prize

'Valentine Gift' - David Paul Jones

Second Prize

'Dorothy' - Richard W. Halperin

First Prize

'Madame de Pompadour Considers...' - Lynn Roberts


SHORT STORIES

The 3 highly commended stories in no particular order are:

'Maggie Kelly's Gift' - Nancy Cook
'Going Quietly' - Jane Moreton
'Cztery miesiące / Four months' - Martin Cathcart Frödén

Third Prize

'Third Time Lucky' - Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

Second Prize

'Where the Blue Line Fades' - Alison Lock

FIRST PRIZE

'Swarm' - ALISON LOCK

The winning and commended works listed above will be published in Sentinel Champions #10 in May 2012.

Congratulations to all the winners.


SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION 2011
Closes 15-November 2011
Judge: Roger Elkin
First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £250
Third Prize: £125
High Commendation Prizes: 5 x £25
Entry fee: £5 per poem. Enter as many poems as you wish.
All winning & commended poems will be published in Sentinel Champions #9 in February 2012.
Results due: 15 December 2011
Enter online and pay securely by PayPal or download entry form at http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/competitions/sapc-2011/
Postal Entries: Please send cheques/postal orders in GB£ only payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT together with your poems, entry form or cover note to:
Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
South Woodford
London
E18 1AB
United Kingdom
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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions Results Page

Lynn Roberts and Alison Lock win the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions (October 2011)
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Weekly News update

Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Identity Issue

We are exactly 10 days away from the publication of the Identity issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly guest-edited by Caine Prize for African Writing winner and author of Voice of America, EC Osondu. We shall be publishing this magazine online as usual, but will have a print version available as well for those who prefer good old paper between fingers, and to keep it in their bookshelves. Don't forget to visit www.sentinelquarterly.com on October 31st. If you would like to be notified by e-mail when this publication goes live, please subscribe our free e-Newsletter.

Sentinel Literature Festival 2011
The 2nd Sentinel Literature Festival will be held at the University College London on the 27th, 28th and 30th October 2011 and will feature readings, performances, lectures and talks by writers and musicians including Nengi Ilagha, author of Mantids, Derek Sellen, author of The Arch and its Shadow, Amanda Sington-Williams, author of The Eloquence of Desire, Osita Okagbue, author of Culture and Identity in African and Caribbean Theatre, Andy Willoughby, author of Tough, Miles Cain, author of The Border, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, editor of Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Terence Frisby, author of Kisses on a Postcard, Monica Clarke, author of They call me Hottentot Venus, Peter Olorunisomo (a.k.a Pete Godismo), author of A Snake in the King's Palace, Christie Watson, author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, Graham Burchell, author of Vermeer's Corner, N. Quentin Woolf, author of The Writer's Notebook, and "Tequila Secrets" writer Adura Ojo. Learn more and buy your tickets now at www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/literaturefestival

Sentinel Literary Quarterly, French Literature Issue
The French Literature Issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly will be published in January 2012. If you have not submitted your work to this issue, you may do so before the 30th of November. The French Literature issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly marks a return to print publication of our magazine. The online magazine will still be available free-to-read but will only contain some of the materials that appear in the print version. 

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2011 | Closing Date: 15-Nov-11 

Details:

For previously unpublished poems in English language up to 50 lines long, on any subject, in any style. Poems entered may not be under consideration for publication, or accepted for publication elsewhere. 
Prizes: £500 (First), £250 (Second), £125 (Third), 5 x £25 (Highly Commended). Publication in Sentinel Champions magazine #9, February 2012 in print and eBook formats. Judge: Roger Elkin, author of 'No Laughing Matter' and 'Fixing Things'. Results will be announced on 15-DEC-2011 at www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk
Entry Fee: £5 per poem
Contact: Send poems with Cover Note or Entry Form with Cheque/Postal Order in GP£ only payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT, Address: Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom.
Enter online or download Entry Form at:
http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/competitions/sapc-2011/


Saturday, 15 October 2011

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2011, judge - Roger Elkin

The closing date for the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2011 has been extended to 15th November 2011.
Prizes: £500 (1st), £250 (2nd), £125 (3rd), and £25 x 5 for High Commendation.
All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions in February 2012. Published authors each get a free contributor's copy of the magazine.
Entry fee: £5 per poem
We hope that this extension will make it possible for more people to enter.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy - review | Books

The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy's first new collection of poetry to be published since she was appointed our Poet Laureate in 2009, in succession to Andrew Motion. It's also her first since Rapture, the ecstatic sequence about the rise and fall of a lesbian love affair which won her the T S Eliot Prize in 2005.

The Bees is not so ruthlessly focused but it has nonetheless been artfully organised around the bee as a symbol, boasting a cover honeycombed in gilt around a glittery bee. The book begins and ends with specific poems about bees and there are others scattered here and there, such as, for example, a lovely riff on Book IV of the Georgics, Virgil's Bees, which she wrote in response to the 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen. Throughout, bees stand for endangered nature - and they appear glancingly in the book in other poems, as do allusions to flowers, pollen and honey.

Full review The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy - review | Books

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and Short Story Competitions (October 2011)

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2011)
For poems on any subject in any style up to 40 lines long.
Closing Date: 20-September 2011
Judge: Todd Swift
Prizes: £150, £75, £50, £10 x 3.
Fees: £3 per poem. £12 for 5 poems.
Enter competition here >>



Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition (October 2011)
For stories on any subject in any style up to 1500 words long.
Closing Date: 20-September 2011
Judge: Adnan Mahmutovic
Prizes: £150, £75, £50, £10 x 3.
Fees: £5 per story. £9 for 2 stories, and £12 for 3 stories.
Enter competition here >>





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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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LUPUS UK INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
CLOSING DATE (NOW EXTENDED TO) 30-JUNE-2011

Lupus UK International Poetry Competition 2011
This competition is administered by Excel for Charity in aid of LUPUS UK – a national charity helping people with the presently incurable immune system illness lupus. Lupus UK currently supports some 6,000 members through their Regional Groups and advise many others on the symptoms prior to diagnosis.
Open theme. Maximum 40 lines long.
Prizes: £150, £75, £40 and 2 x £10 Commendation Prizes. Plus publication in the Excel for Charity website.
Entry Fees: £4/1, £7.50/2, £10.50/3, £12.50/4 and £14.00/5 (a third of entry fees goes to Lupus UK).
Judge: Jim Bennett – award-winning author of The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds, Managing Editor, Poetry Kit.
Go to competition page


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Monday, 13 June 2011

The Poems of Barbara Sinead Smith

From Sentinel Poetry (Online) #25     2nd Anniversary Issue    December 2004 http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/mag1204/page11.html

Barbara Smith lives on Ireland's eastern seaboard. Poems recently published, or pending includes: Riposte, Electric Acorn, Ireland; nthposition.com and The Coffee House, UK; Garm Lu, Canada; Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, US and TMR, India. Essays recently published include west47online and VirtualWriter, Ireland. Smith has published two volumes of poetry: Gnosis and Poetic Stage; the latter enjoyed moderate success both inside and outside Ireland.
www.writesight.com/writers/babsinead/

BARBARA SINEAD SMITH

A WOMAN'S WORK

(After Kavanagh and Heaney)

My granny used to soak the spuds too
making it easy to peel them later.
Part of morning's ritual was topping
their pot with water . Later, after
fowl were fed and tae and bread were eaten
she'd peel them slowly; humming all the while
Moore's medley of almanac songs.
Steeping my potatoes now, as she did,
brings her four green fields down the years to me.
Scaly and red, my Roosters, instead of
her soft Queens; mine tattle of tractor harrow;
long scars that I smooth away with stainless
peeler. I rinse them down, split them with a
long broad knife and leave them by for dinner.

Notes:
1. Roosters, Queens - types of potatoes currently grown in Ireland.
2. Moore's Old Almanac - an almanac giving tides, moon dates and other info. useful to farmers.
3. Four green fields - an Irish Ballad.

EMERGENCE

As the focus shifts onscreen,
layers of fat and bladder give
way to an image; teeth buds, skull,
arms, hands. A curlicue spine
all turned out from one fertilized
nucleus; one zygote.
And the focus shifts -
the factory needed workers;
they came in droves, with
builders and roofers all tumbling after.
No call was made; they just came.
The suburbs rose from
one side street, one city.
Another slide show shows
the glass house exposed;
it's inhabitants have been
here fifteen years, watched
by a greater being. Their queen
laid a future (after a one night
stand - and he died!)
that emerged howling
into the man-made storm
of tomorrow's world.
So, we prod that mass,
manipulate the medium;
watch flora atrophy from
the empty vessels fulcrum.
We share a future grown
by mould, fledged onscreen;
reduced to zero and one
and all the fractions
in between.

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SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY & SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS, Every 3 months. Deadlines June 20th, September 20th, December 20th, March 20th. First Prize £150, Second Prize £75, 3rd Prize £50, Commendation Prizes 3 x £10. Entry Fees: £3 per poem, £12 for 5 poems. Judges, competition rules and how to enter online or by post at http://www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/

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SENTINEL CHAMPIONS #6

May 2011

Sentinel Champions #6

In this issue of Sentinel Champions #6

Short Stories

The Scream - Samantha Symonds

Mayday - Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

Love at First Site - Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

A Way with the Kids - Sharon Birch

Crown of Burrs - G.H. Zitzelsberger

The Green Gators - Joey C. Aglasi

Poems

Getting Married with Gertrude Stein - Nicholas Y.B. Wong

Teaching English Poetry in Hong Kong - Nicholas Y.B. Wong

Thoughts on a Bad Day - Emanuela Puosi

Spock - Christian Ward

Tastes of Blue - Warren Paul Glover

Edinburgh - Warren Paul Glover

Voice in the Night - John Cooper

Leaving Day - John Cooper

The Age of No Dog - Mandy Pannett

Move On - Mark Borg

Please Destroy - Catherine Pitt

When Kieron Came - Heather Buswell

Dorm - Ilya Meylakh

Lines - Kate Barnett

Article

Adventures in Writing Competitions Administration - Nnorom Azuonye

Sentinel Champions #6

Winners & Commended work from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions judged and selected by Geoff Stevens (Poetry) and Ivor Hartmann (Fiction)

Perfect Bound: 60 Pages

£4.95 (UK), £5.95 (Overseas)

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Poems Damien Fehrenbach

We continue to share work from the Sentinel archives. These poems by Damien Fehrenbach are taken from Sentinel Poetry (Online) #25 2nd Anniversary Issue December 2004

DAMIEN FEHRENBACH

YOU

Jazz like rain
falling
cool against my skin
as sit here
the memory of your lips
lingering.
We jumped night trains
fluid
In the autumn rain
Laughing
you smiled at my soul
And for the first time
I knew you meant it
That moment is acid
Etched
In my skull
For eternity
of course
Eternity is only the length
Of one life,
Yours and mine


LINES FOR GINSBERG

He who once had visions of Blake,
dead 7 years now, gone
and still without him the world goes on,
In your words I heard blood,
King of May, son of the silent scream.
Someday that will be me,
6 feet below the earth you once walked upon.
Saint, now in the stars, holier than most,
Shining down as I rode in American cars,
I know
I felt it
They will call me crazy for saying so
but that is the risk we take for being honest.
Are you with Neal now or is there another?
Its funny
I never met you but I miss you anyway
No more obscene literature
from you bottomless well

Damien Fehrenbach is an American studying in the UK. He attends Bournemouth and Pool College while currently living in Sway.

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Sentinel Poetry Movement Newsletter June 2011

Sentinel Poetry Movement Newsletter June 2011

Poems by Gill McEvoy

We continue sharing gems from the Sentinel archives. These poems by Gill McEvoy are from Sentinel Poetry (Online) #25     2nd Anniversary Issue    December 2004

GILL McEVOY

POT-HOLING
"Don't go," I begged, but you would,
so I did too.
I watched the soles of your shoes escape
from the thin beam of my torch
and knew it was my turn
to learn to burrow in the dark.
I'm sorry I let you down:
when I felt the Earth's great weight
against my ribs I knew I couldn't do it.
I'm sorry I screamed so loud:
I'm glad that nothing fell
on anyone down there.
We don't speak of it; the subject's
locked inside the tunnels of the mind.
Sometimes the weight of it
squeezes me so hard I must speak -
but you just squirm away
in a squeak of rubber shoe. 

BIOPSY
As you gently take my breast,
ready to sink your needle in,
I shudder, not from fear of pain,
but where the loneliness begins. 

END OF RELATIONSHIP

"Give it time," they said
and so she did: she gave it
minutes, hours, days.
He never gave it
a second thought.

CONVERTED CHAPEL
There are seven skylights now
set into the roof and, probably,
over the old beams a planked floor slung
to make a sleeping platform.
No stained glass in the old rose-window now:
everything done to let in light.
At night when you lie like a
snug rat in your undisturbed,
uncurtained loft, do you sometimes
marvel at the moon? 

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Monday, 30 May 2011

COMPETITIONS

Latest information on the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and Short Story competitions (July 2011) Judged by Kachi Ozumba and Bob Beagrie
COMPETITIONS

Sentinel Competitions Bulletin May 2011

You are welcome to the Sentinel Competitions Bulletin, May 2011. We are aware that although we publish all our competitions results and judges’ reports online, not all of our competition entrants use the Internet. We have now made a decision to make our competitions bulletin available not just online but delivered to you through normal post. This way you get to know the results and also get the link to the judges’ reports online. If you wish to receive the judge’s report in the post, please send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will be happy to send it to you.

RESULTS OF THE SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY AND SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS (APRIL 2011)

Once again it gives us great pleasure in announcing the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and Short Story Competitions. From the feedback we have had from the adjudicators Jude Dibia and Andy Willoughby, the overall standard of the entries this quarter were particularly high. Willoughby who judged the poetry competition had to ask if we could have 10 commended poems selected for publication in Sentinel Champions instead of our normal 9 as he found it difficult to cut the number down any further. This is a great testament to the contribution our competitions are making to the creation of new literature.

SHORT STORIES

This quarter, our three Highly Commended stories are: “If” by Ina Claire Gabler, “The Mackwater Seam” by Brindley Hallam Dennis and “Having a Cigarette” by Anne Wilson.

***WINNERS***

The Third Prize of goes to “Are we there yet?” by Andrew Blackman. The Second Prize goes to “Colouring Matthew” by Bruce Harris and the First Prize has been won by “MRS. MACKENZIE’S SECRET” by EILEEN HOON.

POEMS

This quarter, our Highly Commended poems are: “Kaleidoscope” by Ayoola Oyeniyi, “Death in Inverness” by Bruce Gardner and “Jackie Scribbles falls again” by E.K. Wall.

***WINNERS***

The Third Prize goes to “Darling Sleep” by Tabitha Joy. The Second Prize goes to “The World is Flat” by Catherine Edmunds, and the FIRST PRIZE has been won by “THE LIVING BUSINESS OF A BADGER” by ELLIE EVANS.

The Winners and Highly Commended writers in fiction and poetry plus 10 other Commended poets from the January 2011 competitions will be published in Sentinel Champions #7, in August 2011.

The Highly Commended Poets will each receive a signed copy of The Wilds Anthology edited by Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie.

Congratulations to all the winners and commended writers.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competitions, please direct your enquiries to the Competitions Secretary, Sandra Felix competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk or to the Administrator, Nnorom Azuonye nnorom.azuonye@sentinelpoetry.org.uk

Judges’ Reports

The judges’ reports for the April 2011 competitions. are online at: www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions

If you would like to receive the reports in the post, send SSAE to:

Sentinel Poetry Movement

Unit 136

113-115 George Lane

South Woodford

London E18 1AB

Please mark your SSAE “Judge’s Reports (April 2011)

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CURRENT COMPETITIONS

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SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION

JULY 2011

Competition Details

Subject: Poems may be on any subject or style and MUST NOT have been previously published, posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published.

Length: Maximum 40 lines per poem.

Entry Fees: £3.00 for 1 poem, £12.00 for 5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the appropriate fees. All 5-poem entrants receive a FREE Sentinel Champions #5 eBook. )

Prizes: First: £150.00, Second: £75.00, Third: £50.00, Highly Commended: £10 x 3.

First Publication: The three winning poems and three highly commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions – Selected Poems & Short Stories from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competition Series. (This magazine appears in print and eBook formats) Up to 15 poems in total, subject to quality, from this competition will be published in Sentinel Champions Magazine in February 2012.

Entries Deadline: 20th June, 2011

Results due: 31st July, 2011 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine online at: http://www.sentinelquarterly.com

Judge: BOB BEAGRIE,

Competition Administration: Sentinel Poetry Movement.

ENTER ONLINE OR BY POST

To enter online, please log on to www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions

To enter by post, please fill out the Entry Form you have printed out and send it, together with your poems and fees to the address on the form which is:

SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT

Unit 136

113 – 115 George Lane

London

E18 1AB

United Kingdom

Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy:

1. You may enter as many poems as you wish with the appropriate entry fees.

2. If you win one of the prizes in this quarter’s competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next quarter’s competition.

3. Judges read the poems without any indication of the identity of the authors. If the same poet wins more than one prize, in the interest of fairness we WILL award it.

4. The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into.

5. If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.

6. We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an alternative to cancellation of the competition.

7. If you would like an acknowledgement of postal entries, please enclose an SAE marked “acknowledgement”.

8. The Judge’s Report will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly (online) on 31st July, 2011. www.sentinelquarterly.com

9. If you would like to receive the Judges’ Report in the post, please enclose an SAE marked “Judges’ Report SLQ Poetry July 2011”.

10. All prizewinners will be notified by post or e-mail within 7 days of the announcement of the results. These notifications will be accompanied with a prize claim invoice.

11. By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail address which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection act 1998. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.

12. By entering this competition you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter with the results of the competition, the adjudicator’s reports and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

13. *Online entries must be received by midnight on the 20th June 2011. Postal entries must be post-marked by 20th June, 2011. E&OE | SLQ

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY SHORT STORY COMPETITION

JULY 2011

Competition Details

Subject: Stories may be on any subject or style and MUST NOT have been previously published, posted on a website or blog. Stories posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published.

Length: Maximum 1,500 words per story.

Entry Fees: £5.00 for 1 story, £9.00 for 2 stories, £12 for 3 stories. (You may enter as many stories as you wish – with the appropriate fees. All 3-story entrants receive a FREE Sentinel Champions #5 eBook. )

Prizes: First: £150.00, Second: £75.00, Third: £50.00, Highly Commended: £10 x 3.

First Publication: The three winning short stories and three highly commended stories will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions – Selected Poems & Short Stories from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competition Series. (This magazine appears in print and eBook formats) Up to 15 stories in total, subject to quality, from this competition will be published in Sentinel Champions Magazine in February 2012.

Entries Deadline: 20th June, 2011

Results due: 31st July, 2011 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine online at: http://www.sentinelquarterly.com

Judge: KACHI A. OZUMBA, award-winning author of Shadow of a Smile.

Competition Administration: Sentinel Poetry Movement.

ENTER ONLINE OR BY POST

To enter online, please log on to www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions

To enter by post, please fill out the Entry Form you have printed out and send it, together with your stories and fees to the address on the form which is:

SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT

Unit 136

113 – 115 George Lane

London

E18 1AB

United Kingdom

Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy:

14. You may enter as many stories as you wish with the appropriate entry fees.

15. If you win one of the prizes in this quarter’s competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next quarter’s competition.

16. Judges read the stories without any indication of the identity of the authors. If the same poet wins more than one prize, in the interest of fairness we WILL award it.

17. The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into.

18. If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.

19. We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an alternative to cancellation of the competition.

20. If you would like an acknowledgement of postal entries, please enclose an SAE marked “acknowledgement”.

21. The Judge’s Report will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly (online) on 31st July, 2011. www.sentinelquarterly.com

22. If you would like to receive the Judges’ Report in the post, please enclose an SAE marked “Judges’ Report SLQ Poetry July 2011”.

23. All prizewinners will be notified by post or e-mail within 7 days of the announcement of the results. These notifications will be accompanied with a prize claim invoice.

24. By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail address which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection act 1998. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.

25. By entering this competition you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter with the results of the competition, the adjudicator’s reports and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

26. *Online entries must be received by midnight on the 20th June 2011. Postal entries must be post-marked by 20th June, 2011. E&OE | SLQ

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Related Competition

LUPUS UK INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION

Details

Poems must be in English Language on any subject or style with a maximum length of 40 lines. Open to every poet in every country. Poems entered must not have been previously published, posted to a website or blog. The poems must also not be under consideration for publication anywhere.

Prizes:
First Prize £150.00, Second Prize £75.00, Third Prize £40.00. Two Highly Commended Poets will also receive £10.00 each. [The three winning poems and the two highly commended poems will receive first publication in the Excel for Charity website.

Entry Fees:

£4.00 for 1 poem, £7.50 for 2 poems, £10.50 for 3 poems, £12.50 for 4 poems, and £14.00 for 5 poems. [A third of all entry fees goes to the charity Lupus UK] All 5-poem entrants receive a FREE Sentinel Champions #4 e-book courtesy of Sentinel Poetry Movement.

Entry Deadline: Extended to 30th June, 2011

Results 15th August, 2011 at www.easternlightepm.com/excelforcharity

Judge: JIM BENNETT, Managing Editor, Poetry Kit (www.poetrykit.org), author of over 50 books including Larkhill, The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds, and Bold Street.

Competition Administration: Eastern Light EPM International (Organisers of Excel for Charity competitions)

How to enter by post:

Complete Entry Form, or make up a Cover Note with your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number (Optional), and the titles of your poems.

Send your poems with your Entry Form or Cover Note and the appropriate entry fees to:

Excel for Charity

Eastern Light EPM International

Unit 136
113 - 115 George Lane
London
E18 1AB

PLEASE NOTE: Cheques or Postal Orders must be in GB£ Sterling only payable to EASTERN LIGHT EPM INTERNATIONAL

You may also enter online at www.easternlightepm.com/excelforcharity

Terms & Conditions

You may enter as many poems as you want.

The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into.

For transparency, Eastern Light EPM International makes it clear that the primary aims of this competition are to raise money for the charity and to honour the winning writers. The prize money is expected to be generated by the entry fees. In the event that there are too few entries to pay the prize money from the entry fees after a third has been earmarked for donation to the charity, we reserve the right to either reapportion the prize money or refund all entry fees to the entrants by the methods they paid for their entries.

Postal entries must be received by 30th June, 2011.

Online entries must be received by midnight 30th June 2011.

Poems will not be returned, please don't send your only copy.

The judge's report will be published alongside the winning and commended poems in the Excel for Charity website

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Winning and Highly Commended Poems and Short Stories from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly competitions are usually published in Sentinel Champions magazine which appears in paperback and in eBook formats. The magazines also feature interviews with our champions.

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Friday, 14 January 2011

POETRY KIT NEWSLETTER

PETER FINCH RECEIVES THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2011

The Ted Slade Award is given annually to a person who is in the opinion of the selection panel has given unstintingly of their time and efforts over many years to promote poetry to a wider audience. Nominations for the award are made by members of Poetry Kit, and the selection is made from suitable short listed nominations, by an appointed selection panel.

This years award goes to Peter Finch, poet, critic and Chief Executive of Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency. (www.peterfinch.co.uk)

Jim Bennett, who is a poet and Chair of Selectors, said, “Peter Finch has had a long and distinguished career, not only as a poet, but also as editor, critic and in recent years as Chief Executive of Academi, promoting literature. Peter has been an inspiration for many years and this award is given to acknowledge the tremendous contribution he has made to poetry.

Information below;
The Ted Slade Award
Bio of Peter Finch
Contact details



THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY

Ted Slade was the founding editor of The Poetry Kit, in every respect it was his vision and determination that saw the site grow to become one of the most visited poetry related internet sites in the world. This was done with the ethos of providing a service for readers and always putting their needs first when developing the site. For this reason Poetry Kit does not accept advertising or sponsorship and is run and funded by poets for poets. For all his work Ted received no official thanks and no payment, he did it because it was necessary and if he had not done it others with less integrity might have.
Ted died suddenly in 2004, and we always felt that we wanted to find a way to honour his memory and so we introduced an award in his name which is given to a person who has given their time and energies over an extended period to ensuring the continuance and development of poetry,. This will include people who have kept poetry as a presence in an area or community. Those who have pursued a poetic vision through a magazine or regular reading events. Those who have developed other media to explore its poetic use or have published poets who could not have otherwise found an outlet for their work.

In 2005 we gave the first TED SLADE AWARD and since then the following people have received it;


2005
Sally Evans
(Poetry Scotland)

2006
Gerald England
(New Hope International)

2007
Michael Horovitz
(Poetry Olympics)

2008
Connie Pickard
(Morden Tower)

2009
Geoff Stevens
(Purple Patch)

2010
Andy Croft
(Smokestack Books)




All recipients of the Ted Slade Award are acknowledged for their endeavour and dedication in the promotion of poetry. Without such people many of today's well known poets would not have had the opportunity to find a platform, develop their skills or find an audience. Recipients have their name entered onto the award and this will soon be on permanent display in a library in Liverpool.

PETER FINCH

Peter Finch is a poet, critic, author and literary entrepreneur living in Cardiff, Wales. He is Chief Executive of Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers. As a writer he works in both traditional and experimental forms. He is best known for his declamatory poetry readings, his creative work based on his native city of Cardiff, his series of books on Wales, and his knowledge of the UK poetry publishing scene.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Architects of Wales (RSAW), a Fellow of the English Association (FEA) and a Fellow of Yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy.
In the sixties and seventies he edited the ground-breaking literary magazine, second aeon, exhibited visual poetry internationally and toured with sound poet Bob Cobbing. In the eighties and nineties he concerned himself with performance poetry, was a founder member of Cardiff's Cabaret 246 and of the trio Horse's Mouth. This was work with props, owing as much to theatre as it did to literature. In the new Millennium he was worked on psychogeographies and alternative guides to his native city of Cardiff. The city has become his obsession.
Today he is much in demand as a reader as well as a lecturer at festivals and venues up and down the country. You can get into Finch's performances. There's little deliberate obscurity. His talks on Cardiff and how it is with urban living are always entertaining. In addition to the readings Finch also delivers a number of presentations on the poetry publishing scene (how to get yourself published - a demystification of the arcane world of books, magazines and the internet), on the history of sound poetry (which features histrionic performances of dada texts and the playing of numerous historical recordings), on the writing of short fiction and on the history of the small press. He works with schools and has led young people's writing squads in co-operation with local authorities.
From the early seventies until the late nineties he was treasurer of ALP, the Association of Little Presses. Between 1975 and 1998 he ran the Arts Council of Wales's specialist Oriel Bookshop in Cardiff. In 1998 he took up his current post as Chief Executive of Yr Academi Gymreig/ The Welsh Academy - the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Writers.
Peter Finch has published more than 25 books of poetry. His latest is Zen Cymru, published by Seren Books (April, 2010). His other titles include Food, Useful & Poems For Ghosts (Seren) and Antibodies (Stride). His The Welsh Poems appeared from Shearsman in 2006. His Selected Later Poems was published by Seren in November 2007.
His prose works include a number of critical guides including How To Publish Your Poetry and How To Publish Yourself (Allison & Busby) as well his famous alternative handbooks, guides and literary rambles, Real Cardiff , Real Cardiff Two and Real Cardiff Three (Seren). With Grahame Davies he edited the anthology The Big Book of Cardiff (Seren). He is currently editing titles for Seren's Real Wales series and has published a book that takes in the whole country - Real Wales.
Nerys Williams's essay on Finch's work appears as Recycling the Avant-Garde in a Welsh Wordscape in Slanderous Tongues - Essays On Welsh Poetry in English 1970-2005, edited by Daniel G Williams and published by Serten, 2010.
Until recently Peter Finch compiled the poetry section of Macmillan's annual Writer's Handbook. He continues to write the self-publishing section for A&C Black's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. He is a book reviewer and writes articles on Cardiff, Wales and the business of poetry. His poetry and criticism is widely published in magazines and anthologies.

His column, The Insider, appears weekly in The Western Mail. His blog is at http://peterfinchpoet.blogspot.com/


THE POETRY KIT - http://www.poetrykit.org/ The Poetry Kit is one of the worlds most visited sites dedicated to poetry. Provides links to resources for poets across the world.

Contact for further information;
Jim Bennett – Editor of The Poetry Kit (www.poetrykit.org) email info@poetrykit.org