19th International Competition CLOSED 31st March 2019.
Two categories and an extra prize of 100 euro to the best poem in either of the two categories inspired by the theme 'Spirit' (may be interpreted widely). Other prizes to winners present at awards. (To read winning poems 2019 (and 2018), click here)
SILVER WYVERN - Adjudicator: Paul Henry
Silver Wyvern + 500 euro 1st prize: ‘Rower, Battersea Lake’ by Helena Goddard, Tewkesbury
2nd prize - 200 euro : ‘Dead in the Water’ by Graham Burchell, Devon
‘Hautdesert Terminus’ by Oz Hardwick, York
‘Cornering the French Horn’ by Roger Elkin, Biddulph Moor
‘Chocolate Waltz’ by Alex de Verteuil, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
‘Balance’ by Michael Swan, Oxford
‘Was that you?’ by Bridget Frost, Limekilns
‘Vernal Equinox’ by Patrick Lodge, Yorks
‘Of Fire and Water’ by Mary Gilonne, Pourrières, France
‘Muscovy Ducks’ by Virginia Griem. Kinsteignton
‘Au Moulin de la Galette’ by Derek Sellen, Canterbury
‘At the Chapel of Apparitions’ by Olivia Dawson, Sintra, Portugal
FORMAL CATEGORY - adjudicator Kevin Bailey
Winner - 100 euro : What will survive of us by Ian Royce Chamberlain, Teignmouth
Highly Commended: When the trees were still dangerous by Paul Nash, Dublin
Shortlisted by Paul Henry:
The Unburdening by Peter Duff, Ireland
The isolation of the long distance runner, Carolyn King, Isle of Wight
The Mission by Peter Duff, Ireland
Caesium lioness by Chris Scriven, Weymouth
'SPIRIT' - adjudicator Paul Henry
Best poem overall inspired by the theme 'Spirit'
winner (100 euro)‘Mardale Common’ by Erica Bell, Surrey
LONGLIST OF ALL 361 POEMS 2019 DRAWN UP BY KEVIN BAILEY AND GARY BILLS
IN RANDOM ORDER
Stone Star - What will survive of us... -The rituals of others - Lady Cooper Parvenue - The moon yawns and keeps yawning - Climate of Opinion - Hautdesert Terminus - Paris Blues: Global Warning - Au Moulin de la Galette - in our family house - Me, Tammy Wynette, Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx and Adele – Balance - Special Delivery - Without words - A fishy thing the soul - Of fire and water - Instead, think of this - Rower, Battersea Lake - In Loudhams Wood - Dead in the water - At the Chapel of Apparitions - Was that you? - perhaps a manifestation of Buddha - Life in three bags – Revenant - Malus - Meeting a monster in Anglesey - In the Flit of a Wing - The Isolation of the Long-Distance Runner - Caesium Lioness - see you around - Meili Su - The Silver Cord - The Unburdening - The Mission - Green Flash - Vernal Equinox – Responsibility - Chocolate Waltz - Cornering the French Horn - Unknown Young man with a background of flame –Fava leaves - Killing Inside the Wall - This winter - Evening - Muscovy Ducks - Mardale Common - When the trees were still dangerous
Adjudicators: Paul Henry - Kevin Bailey - Gary Bills
we are delighted to have as judge
poet, songwriter and broadcaster
open theme, any form, max 42 lines
Prizes: SW & €500 2nd: €200
Formal poem category
max. 42 lines):
judge Kevin Bailey
for traditional poetic forms only: sonnet, sestina, villanelle etc . Mark poem's form top right
ENTRIES & FEES: please note the suggested fees below. All fees are donations to the competition costs, organisation and events of Poetry on the Lake. However, if you genuinely can't afford the fee, send one poem for nothing (Those who can, please donate generously.)
EARLY BIRD fees £5 or €8 until 31st January 2019 (postmark or midnight local time)
UK: £10 first poem; further poems £6 each.
UK sterling cheques/BPOs only, payable to
ROW: €15 first poem; 2 or more, €10 each. Pay Paypal (click Paypal icon above)
Send two copies of each poem, one anonymous, the other with contact details (and, if applicable, Paypal ID number) on back, to
Poetry on the Lake - Isola San Giulio 28016 Orta NO - Italy
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Calculate your fee in euros, pay Paypal (click yellow Donate icon above to connect directly to the Paypal account of poetry on the lake), note transaction ID, copy in body of email with contact details; subject of email 'Comp entry 2019' . Attach file/s with all poems - no identification on poems - preferably in one Word, .doc or .docx file (NOT pdf) named:
YOUR NAME COMP 2019, send to poetryonthelake (AT) yahoo.co.uk (close gaps and substitute @ for AT)
*Paypal: calculate total amount for entries then pay Paypal (click yellow Donate icon above, it will take you to Paypal website,
account: poetryonthelake (AT) yahoo.co.uk
(you don't have to have a Paypal account, Paypal accept credit cards)
GUIDELINES & RULES
Usual competition rules apply. There must be no identification of author on the poems, that should be marked top right with the category entered (F or SW , given F = Formal, SW = Silver Wyvern open category. Spirit themed poems may be entered into either category without paying more than the category fee. Mark in addition SP if you wish the poem to be considered also for the special prize. Do not send SAE,we send a receipt of entry email.
Poems must not have been printed or published (including on internet magazines, but ok if only on a personal or friend's blog with restricted access), nor have won a previous prize.
Entrants must be over 16 years old on 1st January 2018.
N.B.: Open category embraces all forms of poems providing they do not exceed 42 lines (title, notes, dedication excluded); free verse, traditional or formal verse, short poems - anything goes!
Formal category: max 42 lines embraces traditional verse forms: sonnets, sestinas,ballads,haiku (up to five haiku on one page count as one entry) villanelles etc or your own rhyming or metrical scheme. NOT free verse and just dividing a free verse poem into couplets without a rhyming or metrical scheme doesn't make for a Formal poem, just as a poem of 14 lines without a traditional metre and rhyme scheme isn't a sonnet.
The same poem may be entered in both categories but will count each time as a separate entry. A competitor may win 2 or 3 prizes, each in a different category, but no more than one prize in a single category,
Results on website June/July at latest, winners contacted earlier
Possible publication for winning and selected poems (we contact all authors first, although entry to the competition implies automatic permission to publish). Copyright remains with the author. The judges' decision is final.
Last year's winning poems HERE