BATTERED MOONS 2017

The competition is now closed. Thank you to all who sent their entries. Malika Booker and Cristina Newton look forward to reading them. Winners and finalists will be notified in September.

Join us at the awards celebration on Saturday 7 October, when the 7 finalists will read their poems. Malika Booker will hand the prizes and share her work. There will be music by talented singer Caitlin Eastham. All part of the Poetry Swindon Festival, which has earned a reputation for excellent poetry, unashamed friendliness and endless good vibes. As Matthew Caley put it: “Wow-what a grand time—–Viet Vets charging their Mobility Scooters in Harem tents; 1930’s Modernist diving towers; grand people; grand reading —its a special atmosphere you got going and you should be very proud— Grand fun, too—great poetry but without the [oft-times] po-faced aura] —we salute you — makes you feel good so many grand folks exist in this sad, post Brexit media-dominated world”.

“I have been attending festivals as a poet for over 25 years, and this was surely the best I have seen, in terms of spirit, friendliness, audience engagement, and general sense of a poetry friendly environment. Well done for excellent work.” Todd Swift

A five day poetry festival in the beautiful location of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water Country Park. There will be excursions to other venues and explorations of the local area. Accomodation is available for four nights at The Holiday Inn or The Sun Inn.

Poetry Swindon Festival takes place this year between 5th to 9th October in the beautiful surroundings of the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate Water, Swindon. Residential tickets and passes are now on sale.

Don’t miss this year’s fabulous programme of events!

BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2017 IS NOW OPEN

This year’s guest judge is MALIKA BOOKER and we are over the moon (all the moons, battered or otherwise) about it.

Please see details and guidelines below, or in our 2017 leaflet.

 

PRIZES

1st Prize £700.

2nd Prize £200.

3rd Prize £100.

Four commendations of £25 each.

All three winning poems and four commendations will appear in the Battered  Moons Poetry Pamphlet 2017.

 

FEES

Each poem submitted costs £5, and £3.50 each poem for additional entries.  It is regretted that fees cannot be refunded.

 

ENTERING

To enter online, visit   http://www.batteredmoons.com .

Postal entries  should be sent to:  Battered Moons Poetry Competition,  c/o Hilda Sheehan, 39 Barbrook Road, Swindon. SN1 7AF, with a cheque payable to Battered Moons and a separate sheet with your personal details, including email address if available. Please write your name and phone number on the back of the cheque.

 

GUIDELINES

~ Open to any UK residents aged 18 or over at the time of entering.

~ The closing date is 30th June 2017

~ All entries will be considered anonymously. 

~ Judges Malika Booker and Cristina Newton will read all the entries.

~ There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.

~ Postal entries will only be accepted when accompanied by a separate sheet with personal details, and payment.

~ For confirmation your postal entry has been received, please include a stamped addressed envelope/postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT with your entry. 

~ Online entries will receive automatic confirmation at the time of submission.

~ Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been entered.

~ Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.

~The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the staff will enter into any correspondence.

~ The competition organisers reserve the right to award joint prizes or not award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

~ Entry implies acceptance of all the rules.  Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.

 

RESULTS

All email entrants will receive an email notification of results. To receive a print version, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked RESULTS. Alternatively, check the BATTERED MOONS website for details from 12th September 2017.

 

POEMS

~ All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title and line spaces) and can  be on any subject.

~ Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. 

~ Entries must be written in English and the original work of the entrant.

~ Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or online  public space or broadcast before 8th October 2017.

 

WINNERS

~ Winners and poets receiving commendations will be notified in September 2017 and invited to an awards event at the  Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 7h October 2017, where they will read their winning poems.

~ The winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet alongside a poem by each of  the judges.

~ All winners  and commended poets will be asked to provide a biography to appear with  their winning poem on the Battered Moons website and pamphlet,  and a photograph for the website.

~ The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning  and commended poems, by entering the competition,  grant Battered Moons the right to publish and/or broadcast their  poem  from September 2017.

BATTERED MOONS 2017

BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2017 IS NOW OPEN.

This year’s guest judge is MALIKA BOOKER and we are over the moon (all the moons, battered or otherwise) about it.

Please see details and guidelines below, or in our 2017 leaflet.

PRIZES
1st Prize £700.
2nd Prize £200.
3rd Prize £100.
Four commendations of £25 each.
All three winning poems and four commendations will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet 2017.

FEES
Each poem submitted costs £5, and £3.50 each poem for additional entries. It is regretted that fees cannot be refunded.

ENTERING
To enter online, visit http://www.batteredmoons.com .
Postal entries should be sent to: Battered Moons Poetry Competition, c/o Hilda Sheehan, 28 Brunswick Street, Swindon, SN1 3NB, with a cheque payable to Battered Moons and a separate sheet with your personal details, including email address if available. Please write your name and phone number on the back of the cheque.

GUIDELINES
~ Open to any UK residents aged 18 or over at the time of entering.
~ The closing date is 30th June 2017
~ All entries will be considered anonymously.
~ Judges Malika Booker and Cristina Newton will read all the entries.
~ There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.
~ Postal entries will only be accepted when accompanied by a separate sheet with
personal details, and payment.
~ For confirmation your postal entry has been received, please include a stamped
addressed envelope/postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT with your entry.
~ Online entries will receive automatic confirmation at the time of submission.
~ Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been entered.
~ Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.
~The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the staff will enter into any
correspondence.
~ The competition organisers reserve the right to award joint prizes or not award prizes if,
in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
~ Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements
will result in disqualification.

RESULTS
All email entrants will receive an email notification of results. To receive a print version, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked RESULTS. Alternatively, check the BATTERED MOONS website for details from 12th September 2017.

POEMS
~ All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title and
line spaces) and can be on any subject.
~ Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.
~ Entries must be written in English and the original work of the entrant.
~ Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or online
public space or broadcast before 8th October 2017.

WINNERS
~ Winners and poets receiving commendations will be notified in September 2017 and
invited to an awards event at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 7h October 2017,
where they will read their winning poems.
~ The winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet
alongside a poem by each of the judges.
~ All winners and commended poets will be asked to provide a biography to appear with
their winning poem on the Battered Moons website and pamphlet, and a photograph for
the website.
~ The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning
and commended poems, by entering the competition, grant Battered Moons the right to
publish and/or broadcast their poem from September 2017.

BATTERED MOONS 2017

We are over the Saturn moons with Malika Booker having agreed to be our guest judge for 2017.

The competition will open for entries on 1st March until June 30st 2017.

Get fuelled up now – time’s ticking away and before you know it, we’ll be on our launch pad and ready for blast off.

BATTERED MOONS 2016 RESULTS

We are delighted to announce the winners and commended poets for 2016:

Winners

1. ‘Rebecca’ by Ken Evans

2. ‘Casting Innocence’ by Amelia Loulli

3. ‘From the Observer’s Book of Scent’ by Roy Marshall

Commendations

‘Portrait as a Crow’ by Nick Compton

‘Howlet’ by Yvonne Reddick

‘Mammuthus Trogontherii’ by Ian McEwen

‘Kaktovik’ by Charlotte Eichler

Our congratulations to all seven and thanks to Daljit Nagra for his work as guest judge.

Join us on 8th October at the Arts Centre Swindon for the Battered Moons evening of celebration and readings, pharm pharm featuring the seven finalists and judges Daljit Nagra and Cristina Newton, stuff with music by Persian flutist Iman Askari and guitarrist Haydn Bonadie.

The event is part of the fantastic Poetry Swindon Festival.

BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2016

BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2016 IS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you everyone who entered their poems. Winners will be notified in September.

Join us for the awards celebration with Daljit Nagra on 8th October at the Arts Centre, Swindon.

WELCOME TO BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2016

Adjudicated by main judge Daljit Nagra and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton.

Part of POETRY SWINDON FESTIVAL

Supported by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

 

The competition is now open to entries.

PRIZES

1st Prize £700.

2nd Prize £200.

3rd Prize £100.

Four commendations of £25 each.

All three winning poems and four commendations will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet 2016.

FEES

Each poem submitted costs £5, or £3.50 each poem for multiple entries.

It is regretted that fees cannot be refunded.

ENTERING

To enter online, follow BATTERED MOONS ONLINE ENTRY

Postal entries should be sent to: Battered Moons Poetry Competition, c/o Hilda Sheehan, 28 Brunswick Street, Swindon, SN1 3NB, with a cheque payable to Battered Moons and a separate sheet with your personal details, including email address if available. Please write your name and phone number on the back of the cheque.

GUIDELINES

~ Open to any UK residents aged 18 or over at the time of entering.

~ The closing date is 30th June 2016.

~ All entries will be considered anonymously.

~ Judges Daljit Nagra and Cristina Newton will read all the entries.

~ There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.

~ Postal entries will only be accepted when accompanied by a separate sheet with personal details, and payment.

~ For confirmation your postal entry has been received, please include a stamped addressed envelope/postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT with your entry.

~ Online entries will receive automatic confirmation at the time of submission.

~ Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been entered.

~ Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.

~The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the staff will enter into any correspondence.

~ The competition organisers reserve the right to award joint prizes or not award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

~ Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.

Results

All email entrants will receive an email notification of results. To receive a print version, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked RESULTS. Alternatively, check the BATTERED MOONS website for details from 12th September 2016.

Poems

~ All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title and line spaces) and can be on any subject.

~ Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.

~ Entries must be written in English and the original work of the entrant.

~ Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or online public space or broadcast before 8th October 2016.

Winners

~ Winners and poets receiving commendations will be notified in September 2015 and invited to an awards event at the Poetry Swindon

Festival on Saturday 8th October 2016, where they will read their winning poems.

~ The winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet alongside a poem by each of the   judges.

~ All winners and commended poets will be asked to provide a biography to appear with their winning poem on the Battered Moons

website and pamphlet, and a photograph for the website.

~ The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning and commended poems, by entering the competition, grant Battered Moons the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem from September 2016.

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BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2015

The Battered Moons Poetry Competition is delighted to announce the seven finalists for 2015.

 

RESULTS  2015

WINNERS

 

1st prize to  ‘Tess’ , by Sean Martin.

2nd prize to ‘The Light Box’, by Rosie Jackson.

3rd  prize to ‘Winter Boat’, by Ama Bolton.

 

Commended

‘How Strange We Are’, by Jean Atkin.

‘Hoopoe’, by Peter Marshall.

‘The Parts Of Ourselves We Leave With Former Lovers’, by Emma Simon.

‘Mute Swan Cob, Opposite the Fishing Temple’, by Yvonne Reddick .

 

 

Our warm congratulations to the winning and commended poets, and thanks to everyone who sent their work.

 

Adjudicated by main judge Pascale Petit  and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton.

Part of POETRY SWINDON FESTIVALSupported by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIZES

1st Prize £700.

2nd Prize £200.

3rd Prize £100.

Four commendations of £25 each.

All three winning poems and four commendations will appear in the

Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet 2015.

FEES

Each poem submitted costs £5, or £3.50 each poem for multiple entries.

It is regretted that fees cannot be refunded.

ENTERING

To enter online, follow BATTERED MOONS ONLINE ENTRY

Postal entries should be sent to: Battered Moons Poetry Competition,

c/o Hilda Sheehan, 28 Brunswick Street, Swindon, SN1 3NB, with a

cheque payable to Blue Gate Poets and a separate sheet with your

personal details, including email address if available. Please write

your name and phone number on the back of the cheque.

 

GUIDELINES

~ Open to any UK residents aged 18 or over at the time of entering.

~ The closing date is 30th June 2015.

~ All entries will be considered anonymously.

~ Judges Pascale Petit and Cristina Newton will read all the entries.

~ There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.

~ Postal entries will only be accepted when accompanied by a separate

sheet with personal details, and payment.

~ For confirmation your postal entry has been received, please include a

stamped addressed envelope/postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

with your entry.

~ Online entries will receive automatic confirmation at the time of

submission.

~ Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been entered.

~ Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.

~The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the staff will

enter into any correspondence.

~ The competition organisers reserve the right to award joint prizes or

not award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

~ Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with

the entry requirements will result in disqualification.

Results

All email entrants will receive an email notification of results. To receive a print version,

enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked RESULTS. Alternatively, check the

BATTERED MOONS website for details from September 2015.

Poems

~ All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length

(excluding title and line spaces) and can be on any subject.

~ Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than

the title.

~ Entries must be written in English and the original work of the entrant.

~ Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on

a website or online public space or broadcast before October 2015.

Winners

~ Winners and poets receiving commendations will be notified by

September 2015 and invited to an awards event at the Poetry Swindon

Festival on Saturday 3rd October 2015, where they will read their

winning poems.

~ The winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons

Poetry Pamphlet alongside a poem by each of the   judges.

~ All winners and commended poets will be asked to provide a

biography to appear with their winning poem on the Battered Moons

website and pamphlet, and a photograph for the website.

~ The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However,

authors of the winning and commended poems, by entering the

competition, grant Battered Moons the right to publish and/or

broadcast their poem from September 2015.

 

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BATTERED MOONS 2014 – RESULTS

With many thanks to David Morley as main judge, Clare Knock, our invaluable registrar, and Hilda Sheehan for her support and co-operation, here, at last, the results of Battered Moons 2014:

Winners

1st – ‘Another Twenty Another Stone’, by Zelda Chappel from Kent

2nd – ‘A Paradigm Shift in Ornithology’, by Sarah Watkinson from Oxfordshire

3rd – ‘Heron/Snow’, by Polly Atkin from Cumbria

Commendations

‘Nightjar’, by Rebecca Gethin, from Devon

‘Hare Mother’, by Jinny Fisher from Sommerset

‘The True Colour of Snow’, by Steve Scholey from Hampshire

‘Lilies White Heaven’, by Chrissy Banks from Sommerset

 

Hear our seven poets and David Morley read on October 4th at the Battered Moons event  as part of the Swindon Festival of Poetry, a night of poetry and celebration, with Spanish guitar by Oxfordshire virtuoso Paul Owen.

Other guest poets at the Festival include Don Share ( Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation, Chicago), Maurice Riordan (Poetry Review), Cliff Yates, Lesley Saunders, Alison McVety, Martin Malone (The Interpreter’s House) and many other talented poets.

Further information and tickets at  Swindon Festival of Poetry .

 

 

BATTERED MOONS 2014

BATTERED MOONS  2014 is now open and raring to go with  David Morley as main judge, working alongside Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton.  Both David  and Cristina  will read all the entries, which can be sent until 30th June 2014.

For more on the competition and pamphlet, please visit the related pages.

For David Morley’s  profile, follow the link to his website here .

 

We are looking forward to your entries.

 

 

 

 

BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION 2013 – RESULTS

A pleasure to announce the winners and commendations for Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2013, adjudicated by Alice Oswald and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton.

 

Warm congratulations go to all seven poets, whose poems we look forward to hearing at the Battered Moons event, during the Swindon Festival of Poetry, on 5th October 2013, with Alice Oswald as guest poet reading from her work.

 

FIRST PRIZE

Alex Josephy, from London, for both ‘Marias‘ and ‘Sister-Brother Treaty‘.

 

SECOND PRIZE

John Gallas, New Zeland-born, from Leicestershire, for ‘Foggy Identities in Paterau‘.

 

THIRD PRIZE

Atherton Grayfrom Malmesbury,  Wiltshire for ‘Daddy Longlegs‘.

 

COMMENDATIONS

David Clarke, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, for ‘To the Harvesters of Ambergris‘.

Steve Scholey, from Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, for ‘Murtomaahiihto‘.

Jen Campbell, from London, for ‘on crucifixion‘.

Ruth Wiggins, from London, for ‘Confession: I’ve been crumbling antihistamines into your food all week‘.

 

Thank you to all those who submitted poems – you are the reason why Battered Moons exists and the muscle that moves it.