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Kudos 102
Runs all the way up to Summer, 2015

£5 (Subs: £18/4 pa)                                                      

                                                                                            Goodbye to all that…
and hello to a new incarnation

Twinkling away again with WriteStar, as well as Cinnamon, John Dryden,
Fish Publishing, Henshaw, Keats and Shelley, Kent & Sussex, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry Space and Torriano

And we have Something Old:
Manchester, Oxford, Bridport, Ware, Bristol, Ver, Grey Hen, Frogmore, FWS and David Burland

And Something New: Neil Gunn, Fire Poets, Four Counties, Lucy Cavendish College, and The Overton Prize

And Something Blue as we sign off with the final issue of the magazine…

So Borrow, or better still, Buy, Orbis 171, where Kudos will replace the Poetry Index Section,
with all kinds of interesting discoveries:

Doolin, FlashBang, Mogford, Mother’s Milk, Nivalis, Papatango, PWG,

March 31st


Prizes: Silver Wyvern + €400; €200 x 2; €100 x 3. Other prizes.

Theme: ‘Food & drink – or lack of it’.

Judges: Kenneth Steven & other TBA.

3 categories: open, 50 lines (maimum); Formal, 40; Short, 10

FEES: Postal entries (2 copies each poem): £7 per poem

(4 x £25, then £ 6) or €20 ($25) x 2 poems

Email entries: €12 per poem (3 poems x €30) pay Paypal

Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy




April 1

The Federation of Writers Scotland Easter Competition 2015

Poetry (any number of poems; maximum 40 lines each);

short stories (up to 2 stories: 1500-2000 words each);

flash fiction/mini-story (up to 500 words)

Entry fees: £3 per poem; £3 per flash fiction piece; £5 per short story.

For full rules and how to enter, email


March 16

Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2015

is for previously unpublished stories of up to 2,200 words by women writers.

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March 2
The Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2014/15
Organised by High Life Highland & The Neil Gunn Trust
Adult short story and poetry sections open to writers worldwide
Choice of 3 themes
Full details and entry forms at


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February 20
Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014/15

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February 2


UK based women over 21

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January 31
Red Squirrel Press Annual James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition
& Annual Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition

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Orbis 169



Orbis 169

Front cover artwork: ‘When The Forest Calls‘ byTheresa Tahara;
back cover, detail from image:

Featured Poet
Maureen HillBering; Anna Christina; Glass; Bertha – Mrs Rochester

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January 24
University of Oxford Continuing Education MSt in Creative Writing



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January 31

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