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While I have you, here’s a reminder: there are free poetry contests closing soon, and you should participate! Look at these themes:

Nobody’s Shadow - A Young Poets’ Contest - Enter here!

  • Running from October 14 to January 31 (5 days to go)
  • First prize: 50.00 USD
  • Free Entry!

Our first contest for poets under 18 year of age is titled Nobody’s Shadow. The theme is centred around independence, but without losing sight of the other that one must contrast against: a shadow needs a sun. Tell us of your experiences, expectations or lack of them. Tell us about your hopes, fears and dreams, but importantly, tells us about how you feel. The maximum entry length is 200 words. The first prize is $50. Enter the poetry contest here!

Tall Tales - Enter here!

  • Running from October 01 to January 31 (5 days to go)
  • First prize: 50.00 USD
  • Free Entry!

Are the tallest tales the bravest, with the highest stakes and most valiant outcomes? Are they stories about small people daring to dream big? Or is your idea of a tall tale a more cynical one that eschews recounting morals and achievements. Let’s come together with our multiple interpretations of the topic. You are free to write in any style you choose, just write for impact. Even prose is fine as long as you adhere to the word limit of 500 words. Enter the poetry contest here.

To read more about the free poetry contests we run, check out Poethood.com.

Change of Scenery Winner interviews, part 1: Paul Judges

This is our first instalment in a series of quick interviews with all the three winners of Change of Scenery. Meet Paul Judges, whose Hull Corporation Pier tiered for second place. Paul’s interview is followed by his awarded poem.

Congratulations for the placement in the contest.  What did you think of the theme, Change of Scenery?
Good choice of subject - any break to the usual routine or familiar surroundings can be inspiring.

What kind of topics do you write about normally/otherwise? How would you describe your style?
Love and Nature are always strong themes for me; my style is usually simple and well-honed, often with limited punctuation!

We appreciate the note about punctuation, Paul. Who are your idols, if any? Are there any “undiscovered” talents that you like?
Ted Hughes, born in Yorkshire, England (now sadly deceased) was a powerfully descriptive poet.

Ted Hughes was certainly a 20th century master in poetry. What about yourself, have you had your poetry published before?
I once had a poem in the Spectator magazine, which is quite prominent in the UK.

Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself as a writer. What has made you want to write? What are your dreams as a writer?
There always seems to be a gap between reality and my dreamy idealism, which I attempt to fill with words.

What do you think the road to getting your writing out there consists of? Do you think writer starting up should write blogs, participate in contest, or publish their materials themselves?
It’s very hard to get yourself noticed, but try any means of putting your poetry out there.

Any other words to budding writers?
Don’t give up!

Hull Corporation Pier
by Paul Judges

If God is anywhere, it is here
an unexpected and unreceived visitor
bending an ear at the unruly Humber
as it bangs the seasick jetty like a death drum

stopping the booking office clock

at twenty-seven minutes past nine
throwing down a golden pontoon bridge

walking drunkenly to Lincolnshire

lunatic waves foam, like the jaws
of countless rabid whales
snapping sterns of belly-flopping barges
taking their lives on the concrete shore

crick-necked cranes idle like ageing courtiers
in King George Dock; fat, bemused pigeons
hop the pier’s planks – from their tiny dartboard eyes

seagulls ride on the salted wind

that brews far beyond Grimsby, and never dies

brown water splutters, licks through
oozing, gangrenous cracks

an oily lorry driver speculates on its demise
- the Bavarian church roof, always out of place

each morning, a couple of grey overcoats come

talk of steamers, or the Farringford

second-hand from Southampton