Orbis 208, Summer 2024

Front cover artwork: ‘Good Night Irene‘ by Van Renselar;
back cover, detail from image: http://www.van-renselar.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: Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey;
D.A.Prince; Theresa Sowerby; Pam Thompson

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


I’m sure I’ve said this before: flaming June, one way or the other.
After all, with Nicki Griffin, you’d be From Another Country, or else,
with Jan Owen, in a Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge And Atake. But
you could always Escape, like Nell Farrell… then work out
what Charlotte Stokes Meyer zu Natrup means in Ad Reliquos;
I’m sure you understand the Gravity of it all, along with Stephen Littlejohn.
Or try some Experiments in Time, which Patrick Druggan will demonstrate,
unless you want to accompany Charles G. Lauder Jr for some
Adventures At The Tip-Top Diner. Or find plenty to intrigue you right here,
because Orbis , as Luke Morgan says, is a Gift.

Featured Writers

Winning poems from the Red Shed Competition,
including Joanna Wright: My mother navigates

and The Wakefield Postcode Prize, including Deborah Robinson:
He Wanted to Shave the Inside of his Head (title taken from a sentence
in Sophie Hardach’s book, ‘Of Love and Other Wars’.

Poets include James Conway (The gentle of fish);
Anthony Costello (The Lonesome Traveller);
Jan FitzGerald (Dead spider); Laura Hess (Lost Inheritance);
Jan Owen (Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge And Atake);
Royal Rhodes (Nauset)

Prose from Elaine Alarcon-Totten (Queen Mab); Janice Dempsey (Aunt Edna and the GM Question); George Hopewell (No one ever looks above their heads)

Translation: Michael Swan,
Drøm om mor by Henrik Nordbrandt: A dream about my mother

Past Master: Charles G. Lauder Jr on W.H. Auden

Orbis 208 Contributors also include
Georgia Bailey; Jane Blanchard; Alison Chisholm; Sarah Dantas;
María Castro Dominguez; Pamela Galloway; Jean Harvey;
Pauline Hawkesworth; June Hurst; D. R. James; Gloria Keeley;
Phil Kirby; John Lancaster; Frank Lowry; Lewis Lyons;
Jami Macarty; T. J. Masluk; Ali Murphy; Marion Oxley; Chris Rice;
Julie-Ann Rowell; Gwen Sayers; Michael W. Thomas;
Shelley Tracey; Kelley Jean White; Dave Wynne-Jones

The VOLE Summer Competition


Open to international entries
Entries invited up to 31st July 2024

NO THEME (despite the title):

Dorothy Parker famously said:

‘Summer makes me drowsy.

Autumn makes me sing.

Winter’s pretty lousy,

but I hate Spring.’

Poems on any subject are invited

1st Prize: £50; 2nd Prize: £30; 3rd Prize: £20.

50 poems will be selected and published in an anthology
and all poets included will receive a free copy

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Second Light Competition for long and short poems by women.
Deadline 6th August. Online or postal entries.
 Judge, Wendy French’s latest poetry collection
is Bread Without Butter (Rockingham Press, 2020).
Prizes £325 each long & short/£175/£100; publication in ARTEMISpoetry and online.
One free entry for Second Light members.
Details: http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk/downloads/comp24.pdf

For poems in English
Open to all writers nationally and internationally

Entries must be submitted by June 30th 
The winner will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place 
Judge: Peter Sirr
Prize giving ceremony in Skerries, Saturday September 14th as Part of Fingal Poetry Festival
Rules and full details of how to enter: https://fingalpoetryfestival.com  
Irish Language Competition 
Open to all writers nationally and internationally.
All poems must be composed in the Irish language. No translations to be sent with poems.  
Entries must be submitted by June 30th 
The winner will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place 
Judge: Brid Ni Mhorain
Rules and full details of how to enter: https://fingalpoetryfestival.com

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

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