How are the poems coming along???
I cleared the P O Box today. Special thanks to all those well organised poets who have posted early. The deluge of entries that arrive close to the deadline date can be overwhelming!
Thought I would share with you some of the things that I like about winter:
No hayfever, cold frosty mornings and clear days, sleeping trees, cinnamon on my latte (that’s trim for me – thanks) and Christmas is still six months away. Ho Ho Ho.
Beware: before you know it Snoopy and the Red Baron will be zooming around the Mall. Get cracking on those poems and don’t be caught short. Remember to leave yourself enough time for a decent edit and don’t forget an inspiring title. Titles matter, trust me, first impressions and all that.
I’m leaving the last word for David Howard, our 2014 judge. He said in his Poetry Competition 2014 Judge’s report Poets are good when they use their linguistic insight to see beyond what is visible. And For me the most precious aspect of poetry is its capacity to capture, perhaps even to create, intimacy.
Good news: patience is a virtue (but you knew that!)
Not so good news: We are running behind time and the new date for the release of our short story competition short list will now be the first week of July.
Everything else is good. Our judge is busy judging and word on good authority is that she is finding a lot to like in the stories.
So, thank you everyone for entering our competition, thank you for your patience and thank you for keeping us on your radar.
HARK YE BARDS
Our 2016 Poetry Competition is now officially OPEN
JUDGE: Peter Bland
Usual conditions of entry with a tiny tweak: To thank our loyal subscribers we are offering one additional entry to the competition for FREE. Incentive or what! (Also available if you add a subscription amount with your entry fee.) Honestly, when was the last time you were offered anything for free?
Stuck for inspiration?
Crickey just take a walk through the park. It’s Autumn out there (my fav season). Think of mists and mellow fruits. So come-on all you lovely wordsmiths, stick on the old thinking cap, sharpen up the pencil, roll up your sleeves and go and make us some magic.
DEADLINE (POST-MARKED) THURSDAY 31st MARCH
TAKE ACTION NOW. As expected the stories are rolling in – we are a popular competition. If you don’t enter you can’t possibly win! (we are clever but not that clever). Imagine the thrill if it is your well crafted, creative and compelling story that stands out. You have just enough time to re-read your work. TIP: If it bugs you it will bug someone else, trust yourself and make the change. Borrow ten dollars from the rainy day piggy-bank, fill out the entry form (printing clearly so I don’t have to keep asking my son to decipher the writing) and pop all in an envelope and post – bingo.
The very good news is that you have better odds of winning than if you spent the money on a lotto ticket.
All the very best for the competition.
Reminder Reminder Reminder
Deadline 31 March. – Five weeks to go – It’s not too late to pull out the pen, or crank up the computer.
Wow the judge with your startling storyline, quirky plot and astute description all neatly packed into 2000 glorious words. This is a chance to have YOUR story read by one of the best, receive a cash bonus and the opportunity to be published in our illustrious magazine.
And don’t forget the three most important words: Edit, Edit Edit.
Juliana – Competitions Secretary