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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2018)

For original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Closing Date: 31st May 2018 Judge: Derek Adams Prizes: £250 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), £15 … Continue reading

Anthony Watts to judge Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2017)

Anthony Watts

Anthony Watts

We are pleased to announce that Anthony Watts will judge the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2017). The competition which is open to all poets living in any part of the world will open on 6th March and close on the 31st of May.

Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years and has had poems published in magazines and anthologies in addition to four published collections: Strange Gold (KQBX Press, 1991), The Talking Horses of Dreams (Iron Press, 1999), Steart Point (John Garland, 2009) and The Shell Gatherer (Oversteps, 2011).   He has won prizes in poetry competitions and his poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Somerset Sound.  Rural Somerset has been his home for most of his life and he has no plans to leave it.  His main interests in life are poetry, music, thinking and messing about outdoors.





Time is chipped enamel, a grinding

of molars, the appearance of cavities.

We are sieved through its jaws.


In front of its teeth there are only

our tongues, which grow moss.

Our eyes lick the cones of the hills.


The wind tunes the gaps in the gully,

sets our incisors on edge. This brokenness

goes back forever. Old jaws fail to clamp;


their outcrops roll in loose sockets.

Rocks have a trick, here, of sloughing off

solidity, shrugging their shoulders.


They let us pick through their leavings:

rowan trunks, harebells, brachiopods,

coral. The land lies: tosses out


waves, ancient cockles, serves up

a fish stew of geology. We pass

time. Again, we’re underwater.


‘Winnats Pass’ won first prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (April/May 2015)

Julian Dobson lives in Sheffield and his poetry blog is at https://52poemsinayear.wordpress.com