Orbis 207, Spring 2024

Front cover artwork : ‘Bird House Mosaic ‘ by Sharon Cummings;
Back cover, detail from image: https://sharoncummingsart.pixels.com/


What a beautiful looking edition ! Must get this. 
Congratulations on the magazine’s longevity and high standards

  (Anna Saunders, Director at Cheltenham Poetry Festival)

Orbis 200: ‘All the best to you, and to Orbis!’
(Glyn Maxwell; shortlisted for Best Collection in the Forward Prize)

‘Best wishes for the journal – and congratulations on such a successful magazine over the years’ (Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate)


Single issue: £6.00 (Overseas: £12/€14/$16); Subs: £20/4 pa (Overseas: £45/€50/$60)

Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova-Bennett

Reviews by: Reviews by: Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey  
D.A.Prince; Pauline Rowe; Theresa Sowerby; Pam Thompson

Please note with new collections, press release in first instance – not review copies.


You know what they say, never judge a book by its cover:
same goes for this issue because it should of course be Spring, not Summer…
It’s enough to make you Howl, isn’t it, Rosie (Adamson-Clark),
and not as if it were a question of being Undecided, like Edward Lee,
or worse still, a matter of Indifference (Niels Hammer). No,
the magazine may lack Andrew Barnes’s Eight thousand layers of in-yun
but it should be what Özge Lena calls a A Thing of Beauty.
After all, plenty to fascinate readers, as Tina Cole explains
How to Reconstruct Female Ancestors, Barry Smith serves up a
description of The Wild Garlic At Shorwell, and Sarah Sibley
relates the tale about Barbara Bryde, The First To Get Satellite.
And you’re sure to want to know more from Marcia Gamsu:
When I was a child I asked why I asked why.
And at least Orbis 207 is actually full of the joys of Spring…

Featured Writer

Tanya Nightingale: The Terror; The Baby Carriage; Life Grew For Grandpa;
Volcanology; Entropy; Echo and Narcissus

Poems from Özge Lena (Mussels); Emmaline O’Dowd (The daily round);
Francesca Pridham (He came to them, walking on the water);
Gareth Roberts (John Ever-Afraid); Luke Sawczak (Spring Haiku);
Sam Smith (Low shouting); Martha Stainsby (What The Metaphysician Said)

Prose from Charlotte Gringras (An Element of Surprise);
Denise McSheehy (Parallel Lives);
David McVey (When The No. 25 Didn’t Turn Up)

Translation Stephen Capus, A Fragment by Miklós Radnóti

Past Master: Lindy Newns on Amy Lowell

Orbis 207 Contributors also include
David Ball; Fred Beake; Stephen Bett; Cindy Botha;
Lorraine Caputo; Laura A. Ciraolo; Nick Conrad; Nigel Crisp;
Gail Dendy; Malc Fritchley; Alice Harrison; Graham High; Sean Howard;
Jenny King; Craig Kurtz; Patricia Leighton; Paul Murphy; Patrick Osada;
Geoffrey Winch; Susan Wismer; Mary Anne Woolf

Wigtown International Poetry Prize

awards £1500 to the winning entry,

welcoming poems of up to 40 lines, on any theme.

Worldwide entries are welcome.

Entry Fee: £7

Deadline: 6 May, 2024

Visit www.wigtownpoetryprize.com for full details

The Anne Brown Essay Prize

£1500 for the best literary essay by a writer in or from Scotland.

Invites fresh, insightful short-form writing

Entries may be on any subject and entry is free.

Deadline: 31 May, 2024

Name: Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024

Country: International competition open to entrants worldwide.

Closing date: 11.59pm(NZST) on April 30, 2024

Results announced: by June 30th, 2024

Judge: Lucie Brownlee

1st prize: $1,000, a free creative writing course of the winners choice and publication on our website.

Runners-up: $200 each and a free creative writing course of choice.

Entry fee: $9

Word count: 3,000 words maximum.

Open theme/subject/genre

Link: https://creativewriting.co.nz/competition/the-creative-writing-nz-short-story-prize-2024/

Ver Poets Open Competition 2024
Judge Merryn Williams
Closing Date April 30th 2024
1st prize £600; 2nd prize £300; 3rd prize £100
plus anthology of winning and selected poems The Ver Prize 2024
Entry fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £3 per poem thereafter
Theme and form open; no more than 30 lines
Entries to Competitions Secretary 23 Nightingale Walk Windsor SL4 3HS
or by email terryjones49@googlemail.com
entry form and details on website www.verpoets.co.uk

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual International Poetry Competition 2024

Closing date: 30/04/24

Chief Judge: Judith Railton

£3 per entry or 4 for £10

First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25

Catherine Fenerty Humour Prize: £25

All entries must be original and unpublished (including online)

Max 40 lines

English Only (dialect allowable)

Entry Details and Full Rules at http://www.swconline.co.uk

The Rooker Prize 2024
Chair of Judging Panel: Karen Dobres (former Lewes FC director, founder of The Rooker Prize)
Judges: Georgia Byng (children’s author); Suzie Wrack (writer and football journalist), Mark Crick (author)
Write the first 250 words of your novel or memoir and send them in to Rooker@LewesFC.com,
subject line: ROOKER PRIZE ENTRY, including your name and contact details
1st Prize: £250 to a charity of your choice, a trophy,
and a session with a top editor at Hachette UK’s headquarters in London
Highly Commended: features on Lewes FC’s website
All entrants must be owners of 100% community-owned Lewes Football Club.
It’s easy to become an owner for £50 – sign up for your single share here:

Full details: https://lewesfc.com/news/the-rooker-prize-2024
Closing Date: Friday 19th April 2024
Winner Announced on 27th April 2024 (International Crow and Raven Appreciation Day)
The Rooker Prize is sponsored by The Rockonteurs and Hachette UK

Judge: Billy Collins

Closes: 31 March, 2024

Results: July, 2024

Entry Fees: €14 (€9 subsequent entries); Word Limit: 60 lines

1st Prize: €1000
2nd Prize: Online Writing Course; week at Anam Cara + €300;
3rd: €300

Top 10 stories published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2024;
launched during the West Cork Literary Festival (July 2024)

Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Online writing courses in short story, flash fiction, poetry and memoir;
and full range of editorial services for writers, see

info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Closing date: Saturday, 30th March, 2024

Sole Adjudicator: Carole Baldock (Editor of Orbis)

1st Prize: £100
2nd Prize £50; Highly Commended: £20

Wakefield Postcode Winner: £25

Around half a dozen of the winning poems
may also be published in Orbis

Enter online or by post

Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2 for subsequent poems.

Financial assistance available by request.

Full details available: www.currockpress.com

In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012),
the English Division in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University
offers this prize for a sequence of poems up to 300 lines on any subject.

 The first-placed entry will be published by Loughborough University
in a limited-edition chapbook, of which 50 copies will be given to the winning poet.
The deadline for the competition is 31st March 2024.
All entries judged anonymously by Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in Creative Writing,
and T S Elliot Prize-nominated poet Daniel Sluman.
The entry fee is £12.50, payable after entry submitted via the link on the website
For details, see https://store.lboro.ac.uk/product-catalogue/school-of-social-sciences-and-humanities/upcoming-events/overton-poetry-prize-2024

This is a not-for-profit project: the entry fees fund the publication of the winning pamphlet,
as well as an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University

Sponsored by the Frogmore Press
Deadline: May 31

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize (founded 1987) will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize are: David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headdon, John Latham, Diane Brown, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Joan Benner, Ann Alexander, Gerald Watts, Katy Darby, David Angel, Howard Wright, Julie-ann Rowell, Arlene Ang, Peter Marshall, Gill Andrews, A K S Shaw, Sharon Black, Emily Wills, Lesley Saunders, Sarah Barr, Eve Jackson, Polly Walshe, Ron Scowcroft, Margaret Wilmot, Laura Jenner and Lynda Plater.
Adjudicator: Graham Mort is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at the Lancaster University, where he established the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. He is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and three collections of short fiction, and has also written BBC radio drama.

Conditions of Entry

1 Poems must be in English, unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere or accepted for future publication. They must not previously have been awarded a prize in any other competition.
2 Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
3 Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the appropriate fee of £4.00 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
4 The following methods of payment are acceptable: cheque drawn on UK bank; British postal order; sterling. Payment can also be made by BACS or PayPal. Email frogmorepress@gmail.com for details.
5 Each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
6 The author’s name and address should be provided on an accompanying sheet of paper.
7 The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poets will be notified by post. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 104 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2024), which will be available at £5.00 from the address below.
8 To receive a copy of the results, please enclose an s.a.e. marked ‘Results’.
9 Poems cannot be returned.
10 Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2024.
11 Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Frogmore Press reserves the right to publish all shortlisted poems.
12 The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
13 Entries should be sent in hard copy to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
14 The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of these conditions.

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