2014 Poetry competition open for entries

SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE
INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
2014

FINAL ADJUDICATOR: Stephen Beattie
First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25
(In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize

RULES: Please read carefully

1. Poems should bear no identification of the poet. Local entrants
(Liverpool and Preston Postcodes) should mark poems
with an ‘L’. Humour entries should be marked with an ‘H’.
Please enclose a separate A4 sheet of paper
with your full contact details and list of titles submitted.
2. All entries must be typed on A4 paper, in English, and
must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
3. Each entry should be accompanied by the appropriate fee
of £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Cheques/Postal orders
should be in sterling and payable to
SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE.
4. A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed.
5. The closing date for entries will be 30th April 2014
6. Please keep a copy of your poem(s) as manuscripts
cannot be returned.
7. The adjudicator’s decisions are final and no
correspondence will be entered into. Entrants who
enclose an S.A.E will receive a copy of the adjudicator’s report.
No application form is required. Envelopes should be marked ‘POETRY COMPETITION’ and sent to:- Southport Writers’ Circle, 15 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, PR8 2RE
Please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery.

 

About the final adjudicator.
Stephen Beattie is a Lincolnshire born poet who is currently based on Merseyside. His work has been widely published in poetry magazines both in the UK and USA and has been broadcast on local and national radio. He has had success in a number of national poetry competitions and had his poems included in several anthologies.
His first collection, ‘Treading The Helix’ was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2010, his second collection, ‘Between The Lines’ will be published in early 2014.

Winning Poems 2013 Competition

The winning poems are now available to view in the competition results section. Unfortunately the software has altered the layout of some of the work, I will try to rectify this asap.
Stephen Beattie.

2013 Poetry Competition Results

Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition 2013

“I like to use simple words, but in a complicated way”. Carole Ann Duffy.

As Final Adjudicator I received over 130 poems, from a total entry of almost 400, safe in the knowledge that the initial readings had been carried out by a team of experienced and accomplished poets. So, firstly, I would like to thank Denise Randall, Karen Paling, Phil McNulty and Dave Williams for their hard work, for presenting me with a body of high quality poems and for making my task a very difficult one!
I believe that the best poetry provokes, confronts and challenges the reader in a way that other forms of literature does not and many of the poems submitted to this competition did just that. I also agree with Roger McGough in that poetry should be accessible and understandable, I see no future for poetry that is wilfully obscure or written to please a few people in high academia.
As to the adjudication process, I read each poem many times over a three week period reducing the number of contenders to a short list of 20. The poems I rejected all had merit and I’m sure many will go on to success in poetry magazines or anthologies but somehow they lacked the vital spark that all competition poems should have. From the short list of 20 the winners, highly commended and commended gradually emerged, each poem again having been read and re-read, often in different locations and at different times of the day, until I was satisfied that I had chosen the best work. Finally I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and wish you all success in your future writing careers and remember keep sending work out because poets need to be heard!

1st Prize, Chimney-bird by Noel Williams

A poem which at first appears deceptively simple but on subsequent readings reveals deep layers; the poet makes excellent use of metaphor and rich imagery to convey a sense of confusion, denial and loss. The poem consistently shows without telling and we are drawn into a world where a difficult truth has to be confronted.

2nd Prize, Widower by Claudia Jessop

This poem explores the cathartic properties of grief told from a human and animal point of view. The scenario of a widower and his dogs could easily have slipped into over-blown sentimentality but by careful use of language the poet avoids this and gives us a powerful piece of writing.

3rd Prize, Words and mud by Anna Mills

A sparsely written piece that reveals to the reader a complicated personal relationship; the poet makes subtle use of ambiguity and leads us through the highs and lows of the subject matter before revealing an unexpected truth.

Highly Commended, Night-scented stock by Noel Williams

Commended, Bukes by Peter Branson
Letters From my Mother by Gwyneth Box

Local Prize, Mining by Lynn Sutton

A beautifully crafted exploration of dreams which, by the poets careful choice of words, leads the reader in an ominous direction until the last two lines end on an uplifting note.

Commended, Warning: Flashing Images by Glenna Thompson-Joannou
Old Photographs by Matthew Thompson

Humour Prize, My Dog Nearly Ate My Homework by James Woolf

A delightful poem which starts with a clichéd premise and then, by clever use of spiralling absurdity, gives the reader a convoluted explanation as to why a child has failed to hand in homework. I particularly liked the mixture of full and slant rhyme.

Highly Commended, Mushrooms by Kate Wise

Commended, Mamils by Mark Hodgson

Stephen Beattie, June 2013

Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition 2013

SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE
INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
2013

FINAL ADJUDICATOR: Stephen Beattie
First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25
(In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize

RULES: Please read carefully

1. Poems should bear no identification of the poet. Local entrants
(Liverpool and Preston Postcodes) should mark poems
with an ‘L’. Humour entries should be marked with an ‘H’.
Please enclose a separate A4 sheet of paper
with your full contact details and list of titles submitted.
2. All entries must be typed on A4 paper, in English, and
must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
3. Each entry should be accompanied by the appropriate fee
of £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Cheques/Postal orders
should be in sterling and payable to
SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE.
4. A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed.
5. The closing date for entries will be 30th April 2013
6. Please keep a copy of your poem(s) as manuscripts
cannot be returned.
7. The adjudicator’s decisions are final and no
correspondence will be entered into. Entrants who
enclose an S.A.E will receive a copy of the adjudicator’s report.
No application form is required. Envelopes should be marked ‘POETRY COMPETITION’ and sent to:- Southport Writers’ Circle, 15 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, PR8 2RE
please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery.

We now also accept entries online please visit www.swconline.co.uk

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