Pamphlet Commission Competition 2017 Winners

AND THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 INK SWEAT & TEARS PAMPHLET COMMISSION COMPETITION ARE… 

The standard of entries this year was so high that when it came right down to it we simply could not decide between two excellent poets. Therefore, after securing additional funding, we are able to announce the following winners

 

Huge Congratulations to Gail McConnell and Jo Young.

 

Gail McConnell

What struck and moved us was the ‘fragility and vulnerability’ in Gail’s poetry at what it is to be in a same-sex relationship wanting a child in a part of the UK – Northern Ireland – where same-sex marriage is not legal, where there is no NHS support for IVF for same sex-couples and where abortion is still illegal.

 This pamphlet examines what it means to be a non-biological parent (mother? father? fother? mather? something else?) in a queer partnership. It asks what queerness does to pregnancy and parenthood, and what pregnancy and parenthood does to queerness. And it wonders how we might reimagine parenthood without gendering it.

 

Jo Young

Jo’s poetry created an ‘updraft of excitement’ on reading it. A former soldier (20 years) now part-time, a full-time mother and PhD student, Jo is a contemporary war poet with the unique perspective of being a woman in what is still very much a man’s world.

The poems touch upon femininity from young womanhood to motherhood, they examine the joys of soldiering, the challenges of female leadership in a patriarchal organistion and acknowledge the harm and legacy upon soldiers and civilians when the seemingly unavoidable state of war is undertaken.

 

With two poets, seemingly polar opposites, but sharing the distinction of being a part of, and yet outside, the worlds they inhabit, we cannot help but be excited by the possibilities.

Each poet will receive £2000, a published pamphlet, 100 copies of that pamphlet to do with as they wish and a reading at Café Writers in Norwich in November 2019.

 

Finally, we Highly Commend the rest of the shortlist.

 

These are:

Tom de Freston & Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Morgaine Merch Lleuad

Eliot North

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough

 

Helen Ivory, Kate Birch, Jay Bernard and Chris Gribble

 

 

WE HAVE A SHORTLIST. (21 December 2017)

After hours of deliberation and negotiation over a very fine longlist, we – judges Jay Bernard, Kate Birch, Chris Gribble and Helen Ivory – were able to narrow it down to a shortlist of six. Thanks once again to everyone who entered and please congratulate…

Tom de Freston & Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Gail McConnell

Morgaine Merch Lleuad

Eliot North

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough

Jo Young

 

The winner will be announced on Sunday 31st December.

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The Longlist! (19th November 2017)

We had an amazing group of entries this year and our longlist could have easily been twice as, well, long. A lot of thought and deliberation went into choosing the longlisted poets below and we wish them all luck as we enter the final stages of judging. We hope to have a shortlist of six by Christmas and to announce the winner before the New Year.

In the meantime, please congratulate:

 

Ruth Aylett

Rishi Dastidar

Tom de Freston & Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Andrew Graves

Jacqueline P Haskell

Tania Hershman

Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe,

Judith Lal

Maggie Mackay

Gail McConnell

Andrew McDonnell

Morgaine Merch Lleuad

Eliot North

Rebecca Parfitt

Jody Porter

Wendy Pratt

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough

Laura Seymour

David Van-Cauter

Katy Wareham Morris

Pat Winslow

Jo Young

 

 

Finally, much much thanks to all who entered.

 

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Buoyed up by the success of 2014 co-winner Jay Bernard whose resulting pamphlet was shortlisted for the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, Ink Sweat & Tears is pleased to launch the 2017 IS&T/Café Writers Pamphlet Commission Competition! Details of Jay’s The Red and Yellow Nothing and Euclid’s Harmonics by co-winner Jonathan Morley can be found on our Shop IS&T Press page while our earlier Norfolk based winners’ books – As the Crow Flies, Strangers Hall, Bridge, Another Use of Canvas – can still be examined on the Gatehouse Press website although only Andrea Holland’s Broadcasting is still in print

Jay will be joining IS&T’s Helen Ivory and Kate Birch and Chris Gribble from Writers’ Centre Norwich as a judge for 2017.

Submission Guidelines
 
The Commission is aimed towards producing new work on a coherent theme. Please submit twelve pages of poetry  and a 400 word proposal that outlines your approach for the pamphlet. Poetry submitted does not have to be on this theme and may have been published elsewhere. It is to give us an idea of your range of work.
 
Our prize this year includes £2000, 100 copies of the pamphlet to sell and a launch at Café Writers in Norwich.
 
The deadline for submission is midnight, Friday 22 September 2017 Sunday 24th September 2017, and the winner will be announced in early December 
 
The handling fee is £10. Please pay here and then email your poetry and proposal in a single pdf file to Inksweatandtears@aol.com. Please include an introduction page with the following information.
 
Name
Pen name (if applicable)
Address
Telephone
Email
Poem Titles
Paypal Transaction ID
 
And tell us how you heard about the competition.
 
The Rules
    1. The applicant must be a resident of the UK, able to attend the Café Writers launch and be eligible for the applicable prizes offered for new pamphlet publications within the UK.
    2. Of the prize money, £500 will be awarded initially, £500 upon receipt of the first manuscript containing the introduction and all poems and the final £1000 paid after full publication and the Café Writers launch, currently anticipated for November 2019.
    3. The pamphlet must be completed for publication before the beginning of October of 2019 to allow it to be available for the Café Writers launch and available for consideration for the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Autumn 2019 (featured in the PBS 2020 Spring Bulletin)
    4. The pamphlet is to be no more than 32 pages including front and back covers. We want to be able to enter it into the Michael Marks competition.
    5. All poems for the pamphlet (but not for competition entry) must be new work and not have been published before.
    6. Any introduction should be no longer than two pages.
    7. The pamphlet design will be done in conjunction with Nick Stone of Starfish Design, printed by Swallowtail Print and published under the banner of IS&T Press. As series editors, we will be responsible for keeping the overall design true to the spirit of Ink Sweat & Tears.
    8. IS&T Press will cover all design and printing costs within reason. This includes full colour front and back covers (inside and out) and all monotone print and image within. If you want colour within the body of the book additional printing charges will come out of your prize fund. 
    9. Fees for the use of others’ artistic works still under copyright will also come out of the prize fund.  All quotes/images no matter how small/old need to be carefully checked well before publication. It should never be assumed that something is ‘fair use’.
    10. IS&T’s Helen Ivory and Kate Birch will be available for editing and practical help but only when, and if, necessary.
    11. IS&T Press would retain all sales rights directly through Amazon, Nielsen and the larger book retailers, although we have no problem with you selling through Amazon Marketplace or making arrangements with independent bookshops or individual stores of some of the larger chains such as Waterstones where these have more autonomy.

Please contact Kate at Inksweatandtears@aol.com if you have any queries.