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The Poetry School / Pighog Shortlist Announcement

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 McCauleySlops

Fiona CartwrightMrs Darwin’s Egg

Francine ElenaFluoro

Hannah Jane WalkerYou interrupt my brain sweetheart

Julia WebbBird sisters

Justina HartA wire to grief

Katie GriffithsMy Shrink is Pregnant

Liz HallThis new land she has reached

Mona ArshiSmall hands

Natacha BryanIf I talked everything my eyes saw

Paul AdrianSmall ceremonies

Sarah BarnsleyThe Fire Station

Tess AdamsFragmented


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 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.

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.

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