October 2020

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Trim Poetry Competition 2021

open for entries until 30 November


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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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Orbis 193, Autumn

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Orbis 193, Autumn 2020

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Front cover artwork: ”Haiku‘ by Albena Vatcheva
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‘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