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National Poetry Competition 2021


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New Travel Writer of the Year (1512 x 1064 px)


November 7
@ The Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year competition 2022

(part of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards)

Theme: ‘It was Strangely Quiet'; 600-800 words


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30th September
Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2021

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PRa Rosie Jackson 2021



September 30

Poetry Space Competition 2021

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Orbis 198, Winter

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198, Winter 2021

Editor: Carole Baldock
Associate Editor (Book Reviews) Maria Isakova Bennett

£5.50 (Overseas: £11.50/€14/$16); Subs: £19/4 pa (Overseas: £42/€50/$60)

Front cover artwork: ‘Time and Place‘ by Peter Raymond
(from an idea by Carole Baldock)

back cover, detail from image:

‘Tis the season to be…
keeping your fingers crossed yet again
in the hope of Yuletide celebrations going to plan.
But whether commiserations or congratulations, you can immerse
yourself in this festive feast, soaring high with Maureen Jivani at Two Minutes
to 13
, never worrying about The Weight of Light (KB Ballentine)
or Richard Lister and his Riddle from the sands, while making the most of
Beth Booth’s Swooping Season. As for Xxxx shopping, an apology from
David LukensWhy I can’t tell you the way to Tescobut not a problem
At the end of the day (Kathryn MacDonald), you could easily
pick up something colourful in Ceruleanlike Luke Morgan or
an absolute bargain at 
Helen Overell’s Point of sale in the Charity Shop,
and enjoy a tale about Gretel and the woodcutter from Simon Leonard.
In fact,
 there’s sure to be something in this issue for everybody to enjoy

Featured Poet
Pauline Hall
: The Affair; Pleasures; Getting away; Collisions ; Panache

Poems from:
Adrian Buckner (Adjective on the town); Miranda Day (The Rock and the Water);
Max Roland Ekstrom (My Maternity) Matt Haw (Gloomers);
Luke Morgan (Cerulean); Mary Mulholland (Playing with snakes);
Pete Mullineaux (‘Don’t always expect fireworks…’); 
Sara Truuvert
(Will My Iguana Love Me?)

Prose from: James Brasfield (The Carpathian Connection);
Philip Dunkerley (The Godsend);Jean Maskell (At the crossroads)

Translation: Niels hav (Sker det at nogen siger fra?)

Past Master: Susan Wismer on Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson

Reviews by
David Harmer, D. A. Prince, Pauline Rowe, Theresa Sowerby and Andrew Taylor


Orbis 198 contributors also include
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs; David Burridge; RC deWinter;
Massimo Fantuzzi; George Freek; Victoria Gatehouse; Doreen Hinchliffe;
Sue Kauth;
Alicia Byrne Keane; Jennie Owen; Frances Sackett; Penny Sharman;
Matt Smith; Peter Sutton; Sarah Wimbush; Mantz Yorke





July 16

Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation

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July 31
Annual HISSAC Short Story & Flash Fiction Competitions

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May 5
The 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize
Open to all writers whether published or unpublished

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May 1

Kipling Society John McGivering Poetry Prize 2021

Poems of Travel

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s writings

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April 30

Ver Poets Open Competition 2021

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