Poetry and Short Fiction Competition 2018 Winners
First Prize: Cathy Grindrod – Surrender
Second prize: Leonardo Boix – Detail
Third Prize: María Castro Domínguez – When Stealing Water from the Sky Becomes Magic
Leonardo Boix – Tree-Man
Louise Warren – He Come Up for the Day
S M H Davies – Icebreaker
Stuart Charlesworth – Phoenix and Vulture
NJ Hynes – Wave or Particle
First Prize: Sally Jubb – The Arrangement
Second Prize: Ren Watson – Sky-sions
Third Prize: Josie Turner – The Guide
Tracy Fells – Telling
Jupiter Jones – Ready Salted
Claire Fuller – Tiny and Pointed
Jeanette Lowe – The Hat the Hat
Lucy Grace – (Hark, Now I Hear Them) Ding Dong Bell
Astra Bloom – Truth, Lies and Pastry in the Modern Age
Congratulations to all of our commended, highly commended and winning writers. Have a look at issue 42 of the magazine to read the judge’s reports and the winning and commended entries.
The closing date was 14th March 2018
Pascale Petit (Poetry)
Nicholas Royle (Short Fiction)
Jacqueline Gabbitas (Poetry and Short Fiction)
First Prizes: £250 per genre* • Second Prizes: £50 • Third Prizes: £25
All winners will receive a years’ subscription, be published in Brittle Star and invited to a launch and prize giving event in London
*Single prizes will be awarded separately for short fiction and poetry
Entry fee: The first poem/story submitted costs £5.00. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem/story. Brittle Star subscribers (including those subscribing at time of submission) get one free second entry. Become a Patron of Brittle Star through Patreon and get your first entry FREE!
Please read the rules of entry here
Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her sixth, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. She has had three collections selected as Books of the Year in the TLS, Independent and Observer and in 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award.
Nicholas Royle is the author of First Novel (Vintage), as well as six earlier novels and three volumes of short fiction, Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), In Camera (Negative Press London) and Ornithology (Confingo Publishing). He is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). A reader in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan and head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize, he also runs Nightjar Press.
Jacqueline Gabbitas is co-editor of Brittle Star. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review and The Forward Prize Book of Poetry, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Her chapbooks include Mid Lands (Hearing Eye, 2007), Earthworks (2012) and Small Grass (2014) both from Stonewood Press. She is a poetry tutor and mentor.