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A play by George Freek

She’s a Pill – a play by George Freek was published in the january – March issue of the SLQ.
If you have not yet read it, click here to read it now.

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Poem by Gabriel Griffin

Noosing the dead I am tired of trying to noose the dead on their blind paths with my garlands of musty flowers, daisy chains and the prickly bracelets of roses. I have laced violets to tenuous ankles, bound ghosts with … Continue reading






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April – June 2018

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The publication of the April – June 2018 issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly has been delayed for a few weeks but will now go live on 29th May, 2018.






Judge’s Report and Results, Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2018)

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Judge’s Report and Results, Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (November 2017)

We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (November 2017) judged by Abegail Morley.

The results

Special Mentions:
Answering Julia Copus – Sandra Galton (London)
Machine – Martin Wildman (Kingsteignton)

Commended:
The Call – Audrey Ardern-Jones (Epsom)
The Return – Lyn Thornton (Oxford)
Sometimes, in the snow, I think I see – Gabriel Griffin (Orta, Italy)

Highly Commended:
Grave Marker, Whitby Abbey – Michael Brown (Middlesbrough)
Of One Matter – Derek Sellen (Canterbury)
A Place to Call Home – Jude Neale (Bowen Island, Canada)

Third Prize:
Negotiating slugs – A C Clarke (Glasgow)

Second Prize:
Extremities – Claire Williamson (Chepstow)

First Prize:
Dreamland – Mary Anne Smith (Canterbury)

Many thanks to Abegail for judging and selecting these poems from 308 entries this quarter. It is heart-warming to see some previous Sentinel Champions on this list including Derek Sellen whose poem Standing with Oliver in Oliver’s Garden won second prize in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2010. A C Clarke’s In the Walled Garden was highly commended in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015, and Vanitas by Gabriel Griffin won third prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2017). Jude Neale, one of the highly commended poets this quarter is the author of Splendid in its Silence – second prize winner in the SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition (2016) and A Blooming (SPM Publications – forthcoming May 2018).

These poems will be published in print and online on 31st January 2018 in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine.

Congratulations all.

Nnorom Azuonye
Administrator

READ THE JUDGE’S REPORT BY ABEGAIL MORLEY HERE

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – international, open, poetry contest

Source: Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – international, open, poetry contest

The Softening

DIANE COOK

How my lover became less elemental is hard to say.
The day the fire melted from his bones and the sweat
on his brow turned to sugar, fell beyond calendars.
I noticed it when we stopped talking of dragons
and the sex on TV made him cry.
I would hold on to him, hold him by the shoulders, narrower now,
hold him by the hand in case he thought
he would whirl away like a bewildered leaf.

And in nightmares spent fumbling off the sheets
to the crêpey curl of his moaning,
I loved him more,
folding him twice at first, then later three times to me
in remembrance of how it used to be.

On evenings of fierce moonlight
he was calm, when the garden reflected
his similar insubstantial shadow.
All was the same then.
Even the trees looked familiar.

“The Softening” by Diane Cook was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2017) judged by Oz Hardwick

Diane Cook is a poet, playwright, short story writer and a founding member of Congleton Writers’ Forum, a Cheshire-based group which has just celebrated 25 years of productive writing. She has gained awards for plays, short stories and poetry, including First Prize in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015. As well as co-writing and editing a poetic narrative Slaughter by the Water based on the true story of the Congleton Cannibal, she has also directed her own psychological drama Splinter; and her tragi-comedy We Would Have Noticed The Moon has been filmed as a black box TV play was screened in 2016.

Surrender

KELLY NUNNERLEY

Physically, emotionally, financially broke
Self-pride walked a path of wrong turns and false hope

Time to exhale, let go and concede
Take your hand, I surrender and follow your lead

“Surrender” by Kelly Nunnerley received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2017) judged by Oz Hardwick

Kelly writes from Cardiff, Wales.

Labile

SHARON PHILLIPS

is a word you should not confuse
with labial, which describes parts
of the vagina commonly called lips
and in effect means lippy, taking
you back to your teenage strops
and to the first lipstick you bought,
its plastic tube labelled ‘rose wine’,
a pink that suited your skin so well
you still look in vain to find its match,
though at your age its formula might
be liable to seep from your mouth
in runnels, slippery as eyeshadow
melted by the tears you can’t control.

“Labile” received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2017) judged by Oz Hardwick.

Also by Sharon Phillips – What does the heart mean in popular culture?