Segora Poetry competition 2019
Deadline June 15th and results early August
First prize £300 Second £50 Third £30 or equivalent in Euro.

Judge: Maggie Butt

Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist. Her publications include five poetry collections and one novel.  

Her most recent poetry collection Degrees of Twilight (The London Magazine, 2015) follows the illustrated books Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints, an illustrated hagiography of imaginary saints, and Ally Pally Prison Camp,which tells the story of the 3,000 civilian men who were imprisoned at Alexandra Palace during the first world war through extracts from their letters and memoirs, photographs, paintings and Maggie’s own poems. Earlier collections were petite, pocket-sized poems, and her first collection Lipstick. Her poems have escaped the page into choreography, a geo-locative mobile phone app, live musical accompaniment and her website,which includes videos and recordings. Her novel, House of Dreams, published under the name Maggie Brookes, is a magic-realist, time-shift romance set in 1945 and 1998. 

In the Segora competition, she will be looking for poems which surprise her, perhaps which take her to a place or time she’s never been, or say something fresh about the enduring themes of love and death, or our relationships with the natural world and each other.She will be looking for well-crafted poems with vivid images and language. She echoes Emily Dickinson’s advice, ‘tell it slant.’ 

Maggie has a PhD from Cardiff University and has taught creative writing at Middlesex University for 26 years, where she is still an Associate Professor. She’s also an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund.  

She is married with two grown-up daughters and lives in London and Whitstable. 


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Segora poetry competition 2018

The winners

The winners of the 2018 Short Story competition chosen by Mario Petrucci

FIRST A Different Odyssey:  Greta Ross, Canterbury, Kent  

Like many others Greta has been writing poems and stories as long as she can remember. A graduate of Medicine from Sydney, Australia, Greta's love of language has accompanied her around the world. Greta now lives in England, and, although retired from active medical practice, she continues to work from time to time in health education projects overseas and is currently in Tajikistan. She is a member of the Canterbury SaveAs writing group, and has had poems published both in print and online, including a first collection, 'Facts of Life'. Many of her poems arise as a response to world events and reflect her growing intolerance with intolerance; her family has learned to put up with that. Greta is married, and both she and her husband enjoy travel and exploring different cultures.

SECOND Learning to Swim:  Sue Kindon, Seix, France
Sue Kindon lives and writes in The Pyrenees, where she challenges her French by attending the local Atelier de Slam (Slam Workshop). She graduated from Hull University in English and French, and started writing by accident many years later when she lived in Cumbria. She has much for which to thank Brewery Poets, Kendal. Her first pamphlet, She who pays the piper, is available from Three Drops Press.
THIRD Da Nang:  David Pearson, Montournais, France
Born in the North East if England, I spent my formative years singing in folk clubs and absorbing the ethos of a burgeoning civil rights and anti-war protest movement.

In the seventies a life-changing visit to Auschwitz inspired my initial interest in creative writing and led to my becoming an active member of Amnesty International.

Retirement (and a move to France with my wife Sally) has resulted in our taking part in bilingual literary festivals and joining with a dynamic group of poets and writers.