Closing Date: 31-August-2017
Details: Organised every three months …since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications.
Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended)
Entry Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10
Judge: Oz Hardwick
Contact: Enter Online or download Entry Form at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm
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By Rebecca Tunnacliffe
For most of us, reading poetry is an uncommon occurrence. Poetry requires a focus and stillness we don’t often afford ourselves. So when our Island poet Jude Neale recently read from her latest collection, she offered us a rare and quiet contemplation. Splendid in its Silence is Jude’s fifth book of poetry which delivers what we seek in poetry – entry to deep thought and elevated feeling.
Jude read a dozen poems to Sunday’s full house of appreciative listeners. Her artistic gift is the ability to capture an everyday moment and elevate it to an iconic experience. In Jude’s poems we can dwell in the rarified space that poetry opens for us.
She began with the title poem which set the tone for all that followed – the memorializing of life’s fleeting yet monumental moments. We feel the intimate longing at the side of a dying spouse, the push from the wind urging a lover’s decision, the child’s elation of first communion in new shoes. The most poignant moment for me was a mother’s emptiness in the wake of her daughter’s leaving home as she experiences the fading warmth, the lingering scent, the impression on the bed. The images and ideas in Jude’s condensed expressions invite our vulnerability and reward us with an unexpected perspective, a tilt through her characteristic turn of phrase that elicits an emotional reaction – a tear, a gasp, a chuckle, even a shiver.
Hearing Jude recite in her mellifluous voice from Splendid in its Silence was to be transported to a rich inner life. Her melodious performance drew on her singer’s talent, and gave lilt and phrasing that will now forever echo in my future readings. Whether in recitation or on the page, Jude’s poetry touches us, and offers our community a connection to our deeper selves and to each other. We can relate to her poetic expressions that speak to our shared experiences as Bowen Islanders and to a world beyond our daily mien.
Jude Neale’s volumes of poetry can be found at the Phoenix and at the SPM Publications Shop, http://judeneale.ca, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca,
Gap Year – Andy Blackford & John Foggin
Splendid in its Silence – Jude Neale
Landing Stage – Joan Michelson
Sentinel Literary Quarterly (April – June 2017)
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Mandy Pannett – Judge
We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2017) judged by Mandy Pannett.
1st Prize – Potholes – by Pat Borthwick
2nd Prize – Swallows to Plett Bay. SA. by Val Bridge
3rd Prize – In Which I Tell My Blues by Al Mcclimens
Highly Commended – Literacy by Sam Burns
Highly Commended – By the Rice Paddy by Ion Corcos
Highly Commended – Workinkitchen by Laura Thompson
Commended – Catching the Train by Catherine Edmunds
Commended – Lascaux Horse by Ciarán Parkes
Commended – Virgil Sends a Postcard Home by Al McClimens
The winning and commended poems will be published in the Sentinel Champions section of Sentinel Literary Quarterly on 30.04.2017
For the full results and adjudication report go to: 0217-results
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