News just in: the shortlist for the Iota International Poetry Competition 2010 has just been announced, judged this year by the talented - and typically stylishly turned-out - poet Tim Turnbull. And amongst some familiar names - Martyn Crucefix, Mick Wood, Matthew Caley and Christopher North - I'm chuffed to see a poem of my own shortlisted.
The full list of prizes, shortlisted poets and poems is below; the winners will be announced at an awards event at the University of Gloucestershire on April 19th.
1st Prize £2,000
2nd Prize £1,000
3rd Prize £500
10 Supplementary Prizes of £50
(in no particular order)
"Here is The News" by Carol Beadle
"A truck called 'Perseverence' ", by Martyn Crucefix
"Look Who's Shunting The Nuclear Train", by Mick Wood
"Playtime", by Maeve Henry
"Los Angeles", by Matthew Caley
"The embolism suffered by Edward's father (during a sudden cold
snap)", by Rosie Sheppard
"Doors", by Kevin Russell-Pavier
"In the Gardens of Titans", by Clint Frakes
"Everyone Matters", by Jamie Walsh
"Untitled", by Pat Cash
"Where the Bull Got In", by Kate Miller
"New Flat", by Ben Wilkinson
"Eurythmy Artiste with Toque", by Christopher North
For those interested, my review of the last four poets to produce pamphlets as part of Tall-Lighthouse's Pilot series (published 18 younger poets over the course of three years) is up now at Stride magazine. Charlotte Runcie, Richard O'Brien, Ailbhe Darcy and Simon Pomery - all very different writers, and all names to look out for in the future, not only when their first full collections appear, but when the annual Society of Authors' Eric Gregory Awards are announced in the coming years, no doubt.