Segora poetry competition 2018

THE WINNERS

The winners of the 2018 Short Story competition chosen by Mario Petrucci
Our thanks to Mario and to all who entered.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

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.

 

Click on the titles to read the winning entries. Copyright remains with the author.

First prize: Ł300 Second prize: Ł50 Third prize: Ł30 or equivalent €

Mario Petrucci comments:

Judging competitions is a little like getting tipsy on miniatures. You sample bitter-sweet doses of just about everything. There were so many good poems in the Segora jostling for a final place... I was genuinely sad to let so many of them go. The three winners, though, had me returning to them again and again. I couldn't leave them alone. I began to feel I wanted a full bottle of what these three writers had to offer. You should - of course - read the poems for yourself and decide if you agree; but you'll immediately see, I hope, how important a poet's intention and subject can be. As in Olympic diving, taking on a difficult subject in poetry is like attempting a 'high tariff' dive - it's risky; but, if you pull it off, it's impressive, memorable and important. The first and third poems deal with topics of high moral pressure, but they don't overplay their hands. They leave us challenged and moved, persuading us to be willing witnesses to important human wrongs. Poetry has few functions of greater value than this. But the second-placed poem - in its quiet, evocative way - also demonstrates how poetry can unfold like a rose, its language-petals emitting a hanging fragrance of subtle human insight, miraculously using that essentially lumpen soil of words to grow the velvety realities of the ineffable.
 

The short list of potential winning entries was:

Alteration on a Night Crossing: 
Sheila Aldous, Newton Abbott, Devon
September 1939: 
Valerie Bridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Spring Offensive: 
Maggie Butt, London N14
Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral: 
Jack Cooper, Labafut Riviere, France
The Loch:  Alison Campbell, London N4  New Year:  Peter Wallis, Norwich
Learning to Swim: 
Sue Kindon, Seix, France
Fuck your Armani boots: 
Nicholas Lipley, London NW10
Da Nang: 
David Pearson, Montournais, France
A Different Odyssey: 
Greta Ross, Canterbury, Kent

 

The long list of potential winning entries was:

Alteration on a Night Crossing: 
Sheila Aldous, Newton Abbott, Devon

Her quinine in ribbons: 
Mark Hill, Quartu. Sant Elena, Italy

When a tree takes up too much space: 
Estelle Price, Wilmslow, Cheshire

long postcard from a high place: 
Philip Burton, Bacup, Lancashire

Spring Offensive: 
Maggie Butt, London N14
New Year: 
Peter Wallis, Norwich

For Late Snowdrops and The Butterfly (i):  Adam Carruthers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral: 
Jack Cooper, London W9

Quill: 
Valerie Darville, Enfield, Middlesex

Remembering Vukovar and Soldiering: 
Roger Elkin, Biddulp Moor, Staffordshire

Between the Trees and The Midnight Gardener: 
Gale Burns, London SE23

Patara; Under the cherry trees, white with blossom; Lament and To the cows: 
Janet Hatherley, London N10

Woodlouse! Woodlouse: 
Sylvia Hawk’sbee, Luchapt, France

September 1939: 
Valerie Bridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Janus: 
Christopher James, Jouy-en-Josas, France
Learning to Swim: 
Sue Kindon, Seix, France
Fuck your Armani boots: 
Nicholas Lipley, London NW10

Following a Migration of Swans: 
Alison Lock, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Boiling the Human: 
Bruce Marsland, Hilsboro, USA
Joan Crawford Says: 
Christopher North, Relleu, Spain
Da Nang: 
David Pearson, Montournais, France
Don’t die
Paula Prandini, Castellon de la Plana, Spain
A Different Odyssey: 
Greta Ross, Canterbury, Kent
Mirage III: 
John Sherwin, L’Oie, France
A deer with glass hooves:  Laura Seymour Frog:  Mark Totterden, Exeter The Loch:  Alison Campbell, London N4 
  A Bind of Salmon: 
Glen Wilson, Portadown, N.Ireland