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Orbis 193, Autumn 2020

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Front cover artwork: ”Haiku‘ by Albena Vatcheva
back cover, detail from image: https://albena-vatcheva.pixels.com/

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, or perhaps melancholy, for some.
Although for many, cosiness is a warm puppy as they say… So what have we here
to help keep you cheerful? Well, appropriately, you can visit Miyajima, with Sally,
and Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana, or advise Antony Johae how to avoid
Lebanese Lapse whilst heeding Kevin Higgins: The Shipping Forecast.
And did you start thinking ‘Simon’? 
when Daniel Boland tells you Saturn Says?
Or were you wondering about Barbara Crooker’s
Poem lightly threaded with clouds, not to mention Jounce,
from Pamela Gormally
Ah well, with Annie Klier Newcomer
Jamie Lynn Heller speculating about Corona,
maybe no getting away from it all –
except for a little while, engrossed in this issue of Orbis

Poetry Sequence
Stephen Yeo: Nine Months Before Tiananmen
From a China diary, September-October 1988

Poems from Josh Brunetti (Bird Of Ill Repute); Laura Chalar
A Return Across The Bridges);
Frank Dullaghan (This is not Intended to be a Narrative);
Kevin Higgins (The Shipping Forecast);
Karla Van Vliet (Lexicon of Truth)

Prose from Don Ammons (Lucifer in England);
Karen Petersen (The Umbrella Man);
Joy Wassell Timms (Revolution)

Translation: Bibhu Padhi, from Oriya: Ipsita Sarangi, The Unreachable Lord

Past Master: Jack Houston on Keith Castellain Douglas

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
Jenny Hockey, D. A. Prince, Theresa Sowerby
and Lynne Taylor

Orbis 193 contributors also include
Anne Banks; Sarah Barr; Sheena Bradley; Terence Brick; Anne-Marie Brumm;
Vuyelwa Carlin; Caroline Carver; Laura Ciraolo; Richard Halperin;
Tariq Hassan;
Michael Henry; Graham High; David Holliday; Kuli Kohli;
Dorrie Johnson; John McOwat; Tom Moody; Michael Spinks; Georgina Titmus



December 7

Mslexia Poetry Competition 2020

1st prize: £2,000MslexiaGS2008PPCA4BleedP442fe

Judge: Karen McCarthy Woolf
Entry fee: £10 for up to three poems
Closing date: 7 December 2020

Our Poetry Competition is back for another year and we’re excited to welcome poems of any length, in any style, on any subject.

Our judge is Karen McCarthy Woolf whose collection An Aviary of Small Birds was described as ‘extraordinarily moving and technically flawless’ (The Poetry Review) and was shortlisted for both the Forward Felix Dennis and Fenton Aldeburgh prizes. As an editor of five literary anthologies, she has launched many new voices. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Turkish and Swedish, selected for Poems on the Underground, and made into poetry films.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Each £10 entry fee allows you to submit up to three poems. If you’d like to enter more than three poems, please select the correct number of entries below.

The winner will receive £2,000 plus two optional extras: a one-to-one feedback session with acclaimed poet Malika Booker; and a one-week retreat at the beautiful Cove Park Centre in Scotland. Our second-place poet will receive £500; our third-place poet will receive £250 and 17 runners up will receive £25. All winners and runners up will be published in the March 2021 issue of Mslexia.

In addition, there is a special prize of £250 for the best poem by a previously-unpublished woman poet.

Mslexia Pamphlet Competition 2020

1st prize: £250 plus publication by Seren

Judge: Amy Wack
Entry fee: £20 per pamphlet
Closing date: 7 December 2020

We’re excited to welcome entries for our annual Poetry Pamphlet Competition.

Our judge is Amy Wack, Poetry Editor at Seren Books. Originally from California, Amy started her career with Seren in 1989 where she was the reviews editor for poetry Wales before going on to become commissioning poetry editor.

The annual pamphlet competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes completed collections of up to 24 pages of up to 20 poems;  these poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subject.

In addition to the top prize of £250, the winning pamphlet will be published in 2021 by Seren Books. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia in June 2021.

Each £20 entry fee allows you to enter one pamphlet. You may enter as many times as you like, provided each collection is accompanied by the £20 entry fee.


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Trim Poetry Competition 2021

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October 31


Poems (maximum 40 lines) and short stories (maximum 3000 words)
Prizes in each category: £500, £150, £100
Over 70s: Rainbow Short Story Prize: £500, £150, £100.
Plus prizes for young short story writers and poets aged 17-25
Judges: Jordan Lees (short stories); Lesley Saunders (poetry); Leigh Russell (Rainbow);
Neil Beardmore (Bedford short story); Steve Kendall (Bedford poetry);
Stephen Bywater (Young Writers’ short story); Cameron Stuart (Young Writers’ poetry)
Fee: £6; £12/3. Students: £4; £8/3
Proceeds to Age Uk Bedfordshire for Covid-19 Emergency Appeal
Details: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/
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October 31

Cannon Poets’ popular Sonnet or Not 2020


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October 20
Eyelands Book Awards 2020


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October 31st

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual Short Story Competition 2020


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October 31

The 2020 National Poetry Competition


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October 12

The London Magazine’s Poetry Prize 2020


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September 30



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