SLQ Update

Magazine publication: Full issues of Sentinel Literary Quarterly will be published from January 2023. Only 50% of the content will be available to read at no cost online. The full issue will be available to purchase in paperback and Kindle. There will be some magazine posts in-between issues of our competition winners and selected book reviews,

Writing competitions: We shall resume the paused SLQ poetry competitions from with entries accepted from November 1, 2022 to December 31 2022 for January 2023 competition. Closing dates for the rest of 2023 will be 31st March (April 2023), 30th June (July 2023), and September 30th (October 2023)

Unpublished poems from January 2022 competition will be published online between October 22nd and 31st.

The cancelled April 2022 competition, majority of entrants in the April 2022 competition who chose not to move their entries to the January 2023 competition have been fully refunded their entry fees. If for any reason you have not yet received the invitation to move your entry or get a refund, please give us a nudge by email to competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk.

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY

Judge’s Report and Results, January 2022

We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (January 2022) judged by Mark Totterdell.

Go to report>>

Hugo Jeudy – The certainty of your goodness

Last night a boat came in to Ramadi.
Blindfolded with rocks, I dreamt of my sisters.

There is a rash in this desert
a wind in your gaze.

Along the edge of your absence, the warm
forehead of a child had followed me.
It is always so cold in the staircase of our names.

Beloved, the word erases
the hand.
The snow beats the measure of our love
and it is a life which uncovers its shadow at last.

My throat knots up; and the pontoon forgets your hand,
but you lie down, and the dried blood of my bird
comes to huddle against your life.

Braid your tears to the fields that will not come
and whisper this blue star before kissing my wrist.

Your tears are in Ramadi.
How I would have liked to make a hem to your distress.
Your tears are in Ramadi.
I was so scared you would return.


‘The certainty of your goodness’ by Hugo Jeudy received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2021) judged by Rachel Long.