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

www.easternlightepm.com/excelforcharity

When you enter the competition we will invite you to join our mailing list so that you may receive updates on this and other competitions. Joining the mailing list is optional. We will never sell your details to anybody for research or marketing purposes.

The Lupus UK website is www.lupusuk.org.uk

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Sentinel Champions Magazine

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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.

Visit www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/champions to review our catalogue and buy a copy of the magazine for yourself. Subscribing to Sentinel Champions is a brilliant way of supporting Sentinel Poetry Movement.