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January – March 2016

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Poems: John Gallas – Empty Houses of the Fled, MJ Whistler – A Breton Girl Spinning, Noel Williams – Ordinary Love, Natasha Chari – Two Poems, Susan Gray – Two Poems, David Seddon – Locks, Sydney Perera – Summer Poplar, Lee Nash – Payer le Cafe, Tom Pescatore – Three Poems, Laura Solomon – Prognosis, Yuan Changming – Internal Cold: To Allen, Eleni Cay – Two Poems, Craig Kurtz – Rutilo’s Lament, Abigail George – Two Poems, Dominic James – Two Poems, Ewan Park – The Eel Men and Women, Gabriel Griffin – Emily Dickinson’s Indian Pipe, Peter Oram – a riddle, Andrea Holland – Svay Pak Mathematics, Robert Archer – The Shipwrecked Naturalist,


Judge’s report, Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (November 2015) by Oz Hardwick

“In terms of topics, the two that particularly stood out were art and, I’m pleased to say, politics. While this latter is notoriously difficult to write without sounding hectoring and possibly self-righteous, it seems that the ever-accelerating conveyor belt of global injustice is giving us more opportunity than we would like to hone our verse in this area.” Read the full report

October – December 2015

Poems: Nick Cooke – Mycanae, Stanley Princewill McDaniels – These Issues Won’t Hold Us Back, Seth Jani – Alembic, David Olsen – Photographing Pont du Gard, Gareth Culshaw – Condensing, Mitchell Grabois – Seismic Year, Gary Beck – Neutral Impulse, Lind Grant-Oyeye – A Walk by the Nile, Asante Lucy Mtenje – Two Poems, April Salzano – Two Poems, A.J. Huffman – Two Poems, Emily Critchley – Brighton: Saturday Evening, David Ishaya Osu – Froths, M.J. Mellor – Cogs, Tom McDade – Visiting Elsa Whitt, Neal Kirchner – The Rain, Mazhun Idris – Life Circuit, Benedict Dowling – Victorian Newsclip, Rachel Gardiner – A Lonely Christmas, Madison Austin – Homeless,
Reviews: Rehan Qayoom – Review of A Memoir of Ted Hughes, Review of Endless: A Literate Passion, Nick Cooke – Review of Anthony Costello’s The Mask. Mandy Pannett – Review of Neil Elder’s Codes of Conduct,
Fiction: Fiona Marshall – I Know I am Loved.
Essays: Nick Cooke – Larkins ‘Giant Ribbing’ – Part 1, Part 2.


For original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long.

Closing Date: 31-May-2016

Judge: Mandy Pannett

Prizes: £200 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation), £10 x 3 (Commendation)

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10



POEMS FOR A LIMINAL AGE is an anthology edited by Mandy Pannett in support of Médecins Sans Frontières UK. The charity receives £5 for every copy of this book sold. Get it here now or buy from Amazon.