The Poetry School and Pighog are pleased to announce the shortlist for their second annual pamphlet competition.
Judges Simon Barraclough and Catherine Smith read more than 600 ten-page entries, longlisting 35 of them, and from that longlist, picked the following shortlist of 13.
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
Last year’s pamphlet competition winner, Kate White, has already seen her pamphlet published. A year of readings from it culminated in the recent award of the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.
She says ‘To those of you who are waiting on this year’s results, good luck!’
The judges now have till the end of May to decide the winner whose pamphlet will go on to be published by Pighog.
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.
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.
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.