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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions

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Testimonials

 

“I am certainly pleased with the way the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition is run and with the perceptive comments on the winning stories. Apart from anything else this illustrates that they have been seriously read by competent adjudicators. I also am always impressed that the winning stories mostly have beginnings, middles and ends. So many competitions, particularly the American and, alas, the Irish, seem to favour the Hemmingway, Carver ‘hidden dynamite’ type fiction. This can be sublime in the hands of a Hemmingway or a Carver but 90% of the time it seems to me to be tedious pretention. I get the impression that judges feel that they are out of their depth and promote material they do not understand lest they be considered pedestrian. Sentinel has an eye for the conventional story, but would not mistake subtle, oblique writing for self-indulgent twaddle.”
- Leo Madigan (SLQ Short Story Competition First Prize Winner, July 2011 & Second Prize Winner, April 2012)
 

 

'Winning the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition in 2009 was a shot in the arm. You work away as a writer, wondering if what you are doing is any good at all, wondering if you are deluding yourself. I often send work to competitions and have had a few hits, but plenty of misses. Winning this one was a buzz, especially as the poem that was awarded first prize had been previously entered into another competition and got nowhere - something that has happened to other writers. People still comment on 'Coffee', the poem that won the Sentinel Competition. Since winning the competition my first collection has been published, and featured the poems that were selected by Sentinel. I've since become friends with Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby, the judges in July 2009. Sentinel works hard to encourage writers in their work. Long may it continue.' 

 - Miles Cain author of The Border. Winner, SLQ Poetry Competition (July 2009)

 

Winning Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition spoke to me in two ways: It jolted me into realization that I could, after all, polish my avocational craft of poetry to international renown. The second way, a corollary of the first really, is that that win might change my poetic consciousness forever. I will no longer take my poetry for granted as whimsical or play.

My first response upon hearing I won the competition was glee; then a slight shock upon hearing I was the first Nigerian to win. Sentinel Poetry Movement has been a force of literary projection with such trajectory that permits the flowering of new writing and writers. It's great to win such competition on such an important platform.
- Akinlabi Peter, winner, SLQ Poetry Competition (October 2009).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The results of these on-going competitions are announced on January 31st, April 30th, July 31st and October 31st every year. The poetry competitions have been going on every 3 months since July 2009. The short story competitions have been held quarterly since January 2010.

 

Prizes in each category

 

First Prize: £150.00

 

Second Prize: £75.00

 

Third Prize: £50.00

 

High Commendation: £10 x 3

 

All winning and commended poems and short stories receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine in print, online and eBook.

 

 

 

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