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