The Battered Moons Poetry Competition is delighted to announce the seven finalists for 2015.
1st prize to ‘Tess’ , by Sean Martin.
2nd prize to ‘The Light Box’, by Rosie Jackson.
3rd prize to ‘Winter Boat’, by Ama Bolton.
‘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
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.
Each poem submitted costs £5, or £3.50 each poem for multiple entries.
It is regretted that fees cannot be refunded.
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.
~ 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
~ 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.
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.
~ 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
~ 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 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
~ 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.