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)


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.


Front cover artwork :‘Where stories unfold’ by Mario Sanchez Nevado;
Back cover, detail from image: www.marionevado.art

The elephant in the room…something beginning with X,
which descends  every year far too swiftly. Or else starting
with W, because as Bethany Pope  regales you
with her tale of a White Elephant, never more apparent
is it that one person’s dream gift is another’s nightmare.
It’s enough to have you biting those lovely Fuchsia nails
Ann Palmer is talking about. Yes, soon be time to be
Bringing Home Holly with Sue Speirs, the prickly stuff,
not the girl, although maybe… And like Debjani Chatterjee’s
experience, it’s Dawning on you that what’s needed is well,
you could call it Confirmation (John Lynch) everything will go
according to plan: will it be David Dumouriez’s An Anglican Event?
Does s.d.s. know better than you whether my mother is coming along?
And when we meet each other’s gaze, including Caroline Maldonado’s,
could we describe it as the salt of life as Yogesh Patel tells us? 
But that’s what Orbis 206 is here to do in its infinite variety: spice things up.

Featured Writer Michael Henry:
Scratchcard; Nightlife; Ibiza; The Italian Wine Bar; Exequy to a duckling

Poems from Charlie Baylis, watermelon sugar;
Debjani Chatterjee, Windrush Five Hundred;
Dr. Bethany Pope, Speaking In Tongues; Donna Pucciani, Basil, She Said;
Bill Richardson, Spooky action at a distance; Phil Vernon, Crossing the line

Prose from Ann Palmer, Fuchsia nails; Sari Pauloma, Reflecting;
John Siberry, Gone Fission

Translation W.D. Jackson, Goethe: The Erlking

Past Master: Michael Spinks on Max Jacob

Article: Cover Artist: Mario Sanchez Nevado

Orbis 206 Contributors also include
Denise Bennett; Ed Blundelll; Jim Conwell; Terence Culleton;
Christine Curtis; Robin Daglish; Simon Fletcher; Ray Givans;
Wendy Goulstone; Oz Hardwick; Eve Jackson; Marie Lecrivain;
Isaac Lee; Tina MacNaughton; Gabrielle O’Donovan; Helen Overell;
Richard Palmer; Rosalind Parkes; Jo Peters; Mykyta Ryzhykh; K.V. Skene

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.


January 31

Story Unlikely’s Annual Short Story Contest 2023


January 31
Fish Publishing Memoir Prize
Judge: Sean Lusk
Word Limit: 4,000
Closes: 31 January 2023
Results: 1 April 2022; Anthology published: July 2023
Entry Fees: €18 (€11, subsequent entries)
Prizes: Best 10 memoirs published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2023
1st: €1000
2nd: Writing Course (online) + €300; 3rd: €300

Online writing courses in short story, flash fiction, poetry and memoir;
and full range of editorial services for writers
info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, Open Poetry Competition, 2024

Judge: Kathryn Gray

Deadline 31 January

1st Prize: £1000

2nd Prize: £300; 3rd Prize: £100; 4th Prize x 4: £50 each.

Poems in English, unpublished, own work, 40 lines or fewer. Minimum age 16 years.

Entry by email. Payment through Paypal via our website.

£5 per poem; or £4 each for 3 or more poems.

Further details: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

Any subject, 40 lines maximum
Prizes: 1st – £600, 2nd – £300, 3rd – £200
An additional £25 will be awarded to the top 3 commended poems
Judge: Malika Booker
Postal Entries £5.00 for one poem; £3.00 each for additional poems
Poetry Teignmouth , C/O Virginia Griem, 12 Little Hayes, Kingsteignton TQ12 3YP
Online Entries – £5.50 for one poem; £3.50 each for additional poems
Closing date: 31st January 2024

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2023

Open for entries until November 30th

Martin Figura: sole judge; no sifting.
1st Prize: £1000
2nd £300; 3rd £200
Five Commended Prizes of £50
Norfolk Prize £100
Best poem from a permanent resident not winning another prize.

Zoom Prizewinning event: @ Café Writers on 11th March, 2024

Fee: £4; £10/3, then £2 per poem.

Free entry, 1 poem, to any UK resident
for whom the cost of entering would be prohibitive

Length: 40 lines
Café Writers, 85, Gertrude Rd, Norwich, NR3 4SG
Check website for full rules: www.cafewriters.co.uk

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize
Judge: Sarah Hall

Word Limit: 5000

Closes: 30 November

Results: 1 April 2024; anthology published: July 2024

Entry Fees: €20 (€12 subsequent entries)


1st: €3000 + 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival

2nd: and3rd: €300

7 Honourable Mentions: €200 each

Top Ten 10 stories published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2024

Online writing courses in short story, flash fiction, poetry and memoir;
and full range of editorial services for writers
info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

January 5

@ Bradt Travel Guides & The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

50th Anniversary
Unpublished writers
Three finalists invited to attend the prize-giving in London in early 2024
where the winner will be crowned New Travel Writer of the Year.
1st prize: five nights’ all-inclusive at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa on St Lucia.
The winner also receives a paid commission to write about their trip for Traveller magazine.
2 runners-ups: three Bradt guides of their choice.
All shortlisted pieces published on the Bradt website.
Fee: £15 Length: no mention
Theme: ‘Taking the risk’
Judges: Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Guides; Adrian Phillips, MD of Bradt Guides;
Hugh Brune, Commercial Director of Bradt Guides; Amy Sohanpaul, editor of Traveller Magazine; Jonathan Lorie, travel-writing trainer and author of The Travel Writer’s Way.
Travel Writing Competition, Bradt Guides, 31A High Street, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1BW

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

This quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words:
closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300, £200 and £100

Email: entry@flash500.com

Website: www.flash500.com

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

Annual competition closes 31st October 2023.

Entry fee: £10 for one novel, £18 for two novels, £26 for three novels

Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200

Email: entry@flash500.com

Website: www.flash500.com

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