Publishing Success


SARA-JANE ARBURY has had a poem accepted by Poetry On Loan for possible publication in a set of eight postcards to be distributed in libraries throughout the West Midlands in 2017-19.  As one of the selected eight poets, she will also be asked to perform as part of their postcard poets events in the region. The organiser said that “the standard of poems we received was higher than it has ever been, and it was really difficult for our panel of judges to choose. You can be pleased with yourselves!”

CHRISSY BANKS  has three poems in the current issue of The North ( February 2017), one poem in Agenda, one in the Journal and one in the online journal Antiphon, which also includes a sound recording of the poem. She also has 3 poems in Clear Poetry, an online site run by the poet Ben Banyard and  two poems forming part of an exhibition, Trios, featuring poems prompted by photographs and paintings prompted by those poems. It is currently touring the West Country, visiting Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Exmouth and Barnstaple. Further information on Facebook, Trios 2017 or Twitter and at this link

Chrissy was also one of the fourteen poems shortlisted for The Poetry Business Competition which has made her eligible for the Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize whose winner will be announced on Saturday 1st July .

Update, August 2017: Chrissy won 2nd prize in the Wordsworth Prize for her poem The Waves. She thanks you for all your kind comments and says it was really exciting reading the poem at the Centre next to Dove Cottage. She was knocked out by Lesley Saunders’ poems and thinks her a very worthy winner. Chrissy has had encouragement from Peter Sansom of the Poetry Business to ‘tweak’ her pamphlet and send to them in September, so she lives in hope still. Meanwhile, she has another pamphlet entered into the Templar Pamphlet Competition.

AMA BOLTON has five poems in Poets Online (under the prompts Punctuation, Angels, Triggering titles, Fairy-tales and Self-portrait) . Also an erasure poem in the Spring issue of Obsessed with Pipework, a special issue devoted to all things spoonish.

November: a poem accepted for issue 3 of Coast to Coast to Coast, and one accepted for inclusion in an anthology. Both due out next spring.

October: a poem in the Autumn issue of “Obsessed with Pipework”.

August: a poem in the latest Cinnamon anthology “In the Cinnamon Corners”.

July: a poem in the issue 112 of Right Hand Pointing.

SUE CHADD : poem The White Hare published in the Ver Poet’s 50th Year Anthology, The Wheel of Stars in June 2016.

RACHAEL CLYNE has a spooneristic poem in Obsessed with Pipework #78, out today (April 10th), the Spoon issue. Also a poem Raven, this month on Zoomorphic, the online magazine.  She has had 3 poems accepted by Shearsman. ( 25th June )

CLAIRE DYER has a poem in the current issue of The North ( February 2017); a poem in the latest edition of The High Window and another in the latest Reading Creative Arts Anthology.

MARILYN FRANCIS had two poems in smeuze, spring 2017 edition. One of them was from her current  art gallery project, ‘Solid Air 111’ and the other a less recent poem, ‘Poised’. 

MICHAEL LOVEDAY has two prose poems in the latest issue of Under the Radar (issue 19, Spring); two poems forthcoming in South Bank Poetry (issue 27, Autumn); a short-short story forthcoming in The Frogmore Papers; and a book review of Myra Schneider’s Persephone in Finsbury Park forthcoming online for Agenda magazine.

LESLEY SAUNDERS   has translations of five Portuguese poems by 20th century women poets  in The High Window Spring 2017 ;  a translation of Maria Teresa Horta’s poem ‘Ponto de Honra’ (‘Point of Honour’) accepted for a special issue of Poem journal June 2017; extracts from a long poem called ‘Sappho on Inishbofin’ accepted for Scintilla Issue 20; and two prose poems accepted for Ambit July 2017.

JUNE : It has just been announced that Lesley is one of the four winners of  the Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition 2016/17 with her pamphlet Angels on Horseback.

Judge Mimi Khalvati said :

Lesley Saunders’ Angels on Horseback at first catches you off-guard, seduces you with gorgeous vocabulary, then leads you unerringly through ‘ordinary treasure’ made wondrous and extraordinary to culminate in a chilling intensity. Lesley ranges through her pantheon of heroines, exploring the violence done to them, by others and themselves, not through worn rhetoric but through defamiliarising tropes of disturbing beauty and pleasure. It is a rare to find poems as perfectly controlled, a pamphlet as assured and startling, as this.— Mimi Khalvati

RUTH SHARMAN :  Reviews of Ruth Sharman’s winning Straid Collection, Scarlet Tiger, have now appeared in London Grip and in The Interpreter’s House.  Five of Ruth’s poems are in the current issue of The High Window ( 24 April note.)

TESSA STRICKLAND : has just had three poems accepted for the next issue of The North. (25th June note)

ROBIN THOMAS : news for 2017 ( up to April 3rd) – 1 poem accepted by The High Window; 2 poems accepted by Poetry South1 poem accepted by Poetry Scotland; 2 poems accepted by Poetry Salzburg1 poem to be included in the Two Rivers Press Stanley Spencer anthology,