The Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2014

Shortlist Announcement

Pighog and The Poetry School are pleased to announce the shortlist for our second annual pamphlet competition. The final 13 poets were chosen from the long-list of 35 by judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith.

The shortlisted entrants will now submit their complete pamphlet collections by the end of May. The winner, whose pamphlet will go on to be published by Pighog, will be announced at the Pighog Plus! event in Brighton on Thursday 26 June.

This year there were more than 600 ten-page entries to the competition, a big increase on 2013.

Last year's competition winner was Kate White. Her Pighog papmphlet went on to win the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Kate says, 'To those of you who are waiting on this year's results, good luck.'

You can buy Kate's award winning pamphlet, The Old Madness, here: http://www.pighog.co.uk/titles/the-old-madness.html

The Shortlist for the Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition for 2014

Amy McCauley Slops
Fiona Cartwright Mrs Darwin's Egg
Francine Elena Fluoro
Hannah Jane Walker You interrupt my brain sweetheart
Julia Webb Bird sisters
Justina Hart A wire to grief
Katie Griffiths My shrink is pregnant
Liz Hall This new land she has reached
Mona Arshi Small hands
Natacha Bryan If I talked everything my eyes saw
Paul Adrian Small ceremonies
Sarah Barnsley The Fire Station
Tess Adams Fragmented

Congratulations to all the shortlisted entrants and all the best as you prepare your final pamphlet submission.

Find out about the Longlist below.

Longlist Announcement

The Poetry School and Pighog Publishing are pleased to announce the longlist for their second annual pamphlet competition. After receiving over 600 entries (a big increase on 2013), judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith can reveal the 35 poets on the longlist.

Simon Barraclough says of the judging process 'Arriving at the long-list was an epic and enjoyable journey through many styles, forms, moods, and stories. I often wished I was a magazine editor who could take fantastic single poems as well as being a judge who had to consider whole manuscripts.'

Catherine Smith says 'It was a privilege to co-judge this competition. The standard of entries was so high, technically very skilled, and the subject matter so richly diverse. There were very many fine individual poems, within the submissions, deserving a wider audience.'

The shortlist will be announced mid-April. The shortlisted poets will then be invited to submit the remainder of their pamphlet manuscripts for the final judging. The overall winner and runners-up will be announced on May 26th at the Pighog Plus! event at Redroaster Coffee House, Brighton.


The Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2014
Longlist

Aidan Semmens The Museum of Preposterous History
Amy McCauley Slops
Anna-May Laugher Crivelli's Garden
Cliff Forshaw Yod
Fiona Cartwright Mrs Darwin's Egg
Francine Elena Fluoro
Giles Goodland The Masses
Hannah Jane Walker You interrupt my brain sweetheart
James Howard Slug and Pomkins
Julia Webb Bird sisters
Justina Hart A wire to grief
K. V. Skene The Love Life of Bus Shelters
Kamini Banga Family Telltales
Kate Taylor The Fat Fox Does not sleep under the moon
Katie Griffiths My shrink is pregnant
Liz Hall This new land she has reached
Luke Allan Minimum soft exchange
Mandy Haggith Why the sky is far away
Mona Arshi Small hands
N. J. Hynes Turtles All the Way Down
Natacha Bryan If I talked everything my eyes saw
Pat Winslow As dogs are, we are not
Paul Adrian Small ceremonies
Peter Berry Near and far and further still
Ramona Herdman Flea Circus
Robin Boothroyd Unsculpt
Rowena Knight Proof
Sarah Barnsley The Fire Station
Sharon Black Spring Fever
Sharon Black House of Prayer
Susannah Hart False bottoms and trapdoors
Tess Adams Fragmented
Vicki Husband Extremely Large Telescope
Victoria Field Full of Noises
Victoria Gatehouse Lilith's Love Song to the Monk

The Organisers

The Poetry School is a national arts education charity based in London. It exists to nurture poetic talent and support the development of poets in aid of a dynamic, diverse and popular contemporary poetry for readers and audiences everywhere.

Pighog is an award-winning independent publisher based in Brighton, England, presenting high quality original work from a diverse range of regional, national and international voices.


The Judges

Simon Barraclough is poet and developer of multi media poetry events. His latest collection Neptune Blue is published by Salt. He is currently poet in residence at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. More details at simonbarraclough.com

Catherine Smith is an award winning poet, fiction and radio drama writer, and a regular teacher for the Poetry School. Her latest collection Otherwhere is published by the Poetry Business. More details at www.catherinesmithwriter.co.uk

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