Monday, 13 January 2014

Welcome to SLQ


Poets and short story writers featured in this issue include Jim Bennett, David Caddy, Sheila Hamilton, Mark Totterdell, Julie Mellor, Bill Lythgoe, Sarah Evans, Jim Kroepfl, and Paxton Avenue. The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Interview by Uche Peter Umez is of Professor Akachi Ezeigbo. Learn more


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions (September 2013) Results and Judges’ Reports


The results of our September 2013 competitions judged by Todd Swift (Poetry) and Alex Keegan (Short Stories) have been announced. The First Prize winners are Jason Lytollis (Poetry) and Stuart Condie (Short Story).

For full results and judges’ reports visit our competitions results page.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A Marrying of Herbs – a poem by Mandy Pannett

a marrying of herbs: a poetic discussion of the interface between action, “making a soup”, and “musing on the word / dissolve”. The description of it as “an elusive, long-limbed word” gives way to a catalogue of beautifully-realised parallels of incident and state, so that the poem opens out to embrace the world of faith, jewels, sea, love, life and death. A beautiful, delicate, yet simultaneous probing poem.


A Marrying of Herbs was commended in the Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competition 2012 and is published in The Genesis of Falcon – the winners anthology.


The Genesis of Falcon is available here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Threat of Sweet Peas by Robin Muers

The threat of sweet peas: a questioning exploration about evolution, and the nature of man from close observation of sweet peas, whose “flutterings” become “butterflies, / debutantes with untried wings / too scared to launch”. Changing to “lifeboat pods”, that “start flying”, “Perhaps their eggs take root”. The descriptions are exquisitely delicate; and the range of imagination and philosophising as disturbing and intriguing as the poem’s startling title suggests.

The Threat of Sweet Peas was commended in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2012. The poem appears in The Genesis of Falcon – the competition winners anthology.

THE GENESIS OF FALCON  is available here.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Sentinel Writing Competitions update 04/01/2014

Welcome to 2014. If you have entered and/or are interested in our writing competitions at Sentinel, this is what you need to know.

1. Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competitions 2013 -
these competitions closed on the 21st of December 2013 and are now in the judging stage. Because of the extension of closing date from 30/11/2013 to 21/12/2013 in order to give the judges sufficient time to do their work, the results will now be announced on 20/02/2014
Catherine Edmunds
2. Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and Short Story Competitions (February 2014) - our first quarterly competitions of 2014 are now accepting entries. We have also increased the prize money for first prize to £200 from £150 and the highly commended authors will now receive £20 instead of £10. Our judges this quarter are Bob Beagrie (Poetry) and Catherine Edmunds (Fiction) You can now enter the competitions at

Happy New Year. Get writing.