Winners of the Andover Poetry competition 2014

Andover poet Bobbie Coelho has won the Andover section of Andover poetry competition with her food poem ‘untitled’. Floral Way resident Sharon Vennall is second with her poem ‘The Table’. Graeme Sandford won the overall prize of 50 books published by PNS, with his poem ‘A recipe for Sauteed Shakespeare’. Sandra Gordon was second with her poem ‘girlfriends on holiday eat supper with the polizia.’ Graeme came third, the first time this has happened in the history of the competition with his poem Culinary delights. Highly commended goes to Steve Scholey’s Mrs B’s Apple Chutney.

The winning poets, along with judge Alwyn Marriage will be reading their poems at the Andover Celebrates National Poetry Day open mic at Ace and Framing Art Gallery, SP11 6RU on October 2nd  at 7.30pm. The event is free but seating will be limited.

“This is a great start to an exciting season of open mic events in Andover. We’re having a fundraiser at Andover and District Mencap on November 22, with guest Jenny Mc Robert. In the second week in December we’re back in Ace and Framing. They’ve come up with a great idea to combine poetry and art. It made us realise that competitions are great but an Andover anthology of poetry would be better,” said Cat Randle chair of Big Up Words.

The winning poems will be on view on our poetry page and will be on display at The Lights, the week after National Poetry Day. So come along to our celebration and find out what the winning poems sounded like.

 

Andover Poetry competition is about to close

There is only 1 and half more days until the poetry competition closes and its the end of an era. You still have a few more hours to enter into our poetry competition. Winners will be announced at our open mic Celebration of National Poetry day. The theme is food to highlight the good work of our Andover food bank.

Right now our chair Cat Randle is feverishly putting ALL the poems into a power point to go on display at The Lights. We had so many entries last year that we have to have two now. One for the Andover entries and one for the Hampshire entries.

What we’d like to know is, would you like an anthology of the poems from the last 8 years?  Send us a line and let us know what you think…

Each Autumn hard working volunteers collect food for the food bank

Each Autumn hard working volunteers collect food for the food bank

 

Our last great poetry competition

It’s less than 7 days until our poetry competition closes. One lucky poet is going to win a publishing deal from PNS for 50 books. An luck Andoverian poet is going to win 10 pounds (as in physical pounds not pounds, shilling and pence) worth of books. And they will all be announced at our open mic Celebration of National Poetry day. Then it will be an end of an era.

Don’t leave it too late because that lucky poet could be you. You can enter online here or grab an entry form from the RAW stall. Remember the theme is food in honour of the work Andover Food bank does.

Yes you did read the title, we’ve decided that this is our last poetry competition. So what will we replace it with? That my friends is up to you.

Poetry Competition

Don’t forget, the theme for the Big Up Words 2014 poetry competition is FOOD and the first prize is a slim volume of the winners’ own poems to be produced by PNS Publishing. Now that summer is here, get writing, poets! The competition closes for entries on 31st August.
More information here: http://176.32.230.45/bigupwords.co.uk/poetry-competition-form/poetry/

Poetry Competition 2014

We are now accepting entries for our 2014 poetry competition.

This year’s theme is FOOD. Maximum length 40 lines.

Our final judges will be Alwyn Marriage, Paul Owens and Matt West. We hope to have a Big prize: a printed volume of the winner’s own poetry.

Entry costs £3 per poem. Reduced fee of £2 per poem if you live in Test Valley borough. Big Up Words members pay for the first poem only and can enter more poems free.

The closing date for entries is 31st August 2014.

To enter please send an email to info@bigupwords.co.uk requesting an application form (or click the Contact Us button on this page).

And now the winners of the cash prizes for National Poetry Day….

Congratulations go to our cash prize winners. Right now they are reading their poetry at the Andover Celebrates National Poetry Day event at Ace Framing and Art Gallery.

1st Prize Alwyn Marriage with Cherry Orchard

Alwyn Marriage 1st place winner

2nd prize Matt West with Fall

Matt profile 2nd place winner 2013

3rd prize Paul Owens with Hollow Oak

Paul Owen's 3rd place winner

And remember if you entered into our competition you have won 6 months FREE space on the Secret Poetry site!

To view the poems go to the Poetry section of our website, which is under Projects on the menu bar.

Andover Poetry Competition Awards – October 3rd 2013

Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday October 3rd, 2013, for the Andover Poetry Competition Awards.

The theme is Trees in support of Andover Trees United. ATU organiser Wendy Davis will be one of the judges along with 2012 winners Steve Scholey and Chris Sparks’s organiser of Alton Poetry Cafe.

The winners will be announced on-line at www.bigupwords.co.uk and the prizes presented at Andover National Poetry Celebration on October 3rd at Ace Framing and Art Gallery.

There will be readings from Guest Poet-Judges Steve and Chris and from the prize winners too.

 

The theme is Trees in support of Andover Trees United. ATU organiser Wendy Davis will be one of the judges along with 2012 winners Steve Scholey and Chris Sparks’s organiser of Alton Poetry Cafe.

The winners will be announced on-line at www.bigupwords.co.uk and the prizes presented at Andover National Poetry Celebration on October 3rd at Ace Framing and Art Gallery.

– See more at: http://176.32.230.45/bigupwords.co.uk/#sthash.uPuc1zDp.dpuf

The theme is Trees in support of Andover Trees United. ATU organiser Wendy Davis will be one of the judges along with 2012 winners Steve Scholey and Chris Sparks’s organiser of Alton Poetry Cafe.

The winners will be announced on-line at www.bigupwords.co.uk and the prizes presented at Andover National Poetry Celebration on October 3rd at Ace Framing and Art Gallery.

– See more at: http://176.32.230.45/bigupwords.co.uk/#sthash.uPuc1zDp.dpuf

The theme is Trees in support of Andover Trees United. ATU organiser Wendy Davis will be one of the judges along with 2012 winners Steve Scholey and Chris Sparks’s organiser of Alton Poetry Cafe.

The winners will be announced on-line at www.bigupwords.co.uk and the prizes presented at Andover National Poetry Celebration on October 3rd at Ace Framing and Art Gallery.

– See more at: http://176.32.230.45/bigupwords.co.uk/#sthash.uPuc1zDp.dpuf

Steve Scholey or the best thing I found at Winchester Writers Conference 2012

“I’ve given up sending things to writing competitions,” said Steve Scholey. “When I send them off, they disappear and nothing ever happens.”

I was shocked. Steve had read an amazing poem at Winchester Writers conference’s open mic. It was clear to me that he was an amazing poet.

I was also shocked that he was letting the loneliness of the long distance writer stop him.  I pushed my chair’s card into his hand and unleashed my best uplifting talk. I think he promised to send something in, just so he could go home.

The next week a breathtaking poem called Grubby Fingers was entered into Andover’s poetry competition. 3 months later, he won and since then he’s been to Andover at least 3 times to perform, twice in front of the mayor.

Small threads.  This is what I want you to take away from this

1)   When you are at Winchester Writers conference, you may be talking to your next big career break. Winchester Open Mic is where I go to check out poets and writers for our upcoming projects.

2)   Send out everything (just not the first draft).

3)   Enter our poetry competition because you could win.

4)   Enter our poetry competition because you go on display even if you don’t win.

5)   Every writer needs a writing buddy or a good friend to talk to for writing support.

6)   Did I mention Winchester Writers conference has given many people the break in their career? Oh yeah, well it’s true.

This year Winchester Writers conference is June 21st-22nd-23rd at The University of Winchester. You can find our poetry competition under the Projects menu, title poetry. Steve’s winning poem is just below his picture.

Steve reading out his poetry at Andover Celebration of  National Poetry Day

Steve reading out his poetry at Andover Celebration of National Poetry Day

Grubby fingers

She gathered up the ashes
of the spade,
the garden fork,
carefully planted roses
in the shed,

stamped on her
father’s urn,
more firmly
than was perhaps
necessary,

tipped soil
and a full bucket of water
into the foot
of each green
wellington boot,

listened,
as it trickled from holes
altogether wider and deeper
than the muddied recollections
of her father,

gently placed
her tear-stained eyes
in her own deep pocket,
in the hope that
they might grow,

and dabbed
with grubby fingers
at her clean white handkerchief.

Steve Scholey