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Best Poem 2022 Winners Announced By Ryan Dennis December 28, 2022 The votes for Best Poem 2022 on The Milk House are in. With an extremely strong shortlist for the award, it is not surprising that the results were close. Judge Nicki Griffin has determined the Judge’s Choice for best poem, and you, the audience of The Milk House, has…

The Milk House

Here’s a bit of news … Over at the rural poetry collective website, The Milk House, they have started a new yearly best poem competition. Judged blind, from the collection uploaded in 2022, poet Nicki Griffin has shortlisted ten poems that made the most favourable impact on her and that list has now been made…

The Pie Tester

I am the man who tests the piesthey set before the King.With fingers, nose, ears, tongue and eyes,I check for everything. In order for the pie to pass,examined it must be;I use a magnifying glassto see what I can see … I take the pie and shake it hard,in case I hear “tick tock.”I would…

Saboteur Awards 2021

For anyone unfamiliar with Fledge, I have posted the web launch from last year which gives background to the pamphlet poems (should you wish to nip over and send a vote my way in the poetry pamphlet category) >>> Link to twitter post for voting

The Pie Tester

Very pleased to say that my poem The Pie Tester was highly commended by Carole Bromley in the YorkMix Children’s Poetry Competition. Congratulations to joint winners Elizabeth Sanders and Sarah Ziman who share the honour of first prize. Here for your perusal is my poem … hope you like it 🙂 I am the man…

Poetry and the Addicted Serial Submitter

Back in 1967, the Milk Marketing Board ran a competition to promote their dairy products. Pictures had to be sent from entrants depicting the wholesome quality of milk, cheese and/or eggs. My dad, a milkman working for the Co-operative, brought an entry form home and at six years old, I set about producing my own…

July Update

Such an odd feeling on Friday. Holding fast to my unwritten rule of not getting too caught up in the last day leavers’ celebrations at school, but then coming completely undone when one of the kids read a wonderful poem they’d written for me. This group will be the last I work with full-time and…

Quick August Update

Over half way through the summer break and not nearly enough poetry stuff attempted. The new work includes the short story mentioned earlier and an entry into the BBC Proms Poetry Competition run in association with The Poetry Society (for which I have renewed my membership and gained a shiny Poetry Society card which is…

Amsterdam and all that jazz

After finishing for the summer break at school, I’ve just spent a few days in Amsterdam. We were staying at the Prinz Hendrik Hotel, just across the square from Amsterdam Central Station. The time was spent visiting museums, eating out and wondering what the strange smell was that pervaded most areas outside coffee houses, restaurants…

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

Those lovely people at The Caterpillar Magazine announced the winner of this year’s Caterpillar Poetry Prize. Coral Rumble (great name) came first with a marvellous children’s poem called Mustafa’s Jumper, which you will be able to read in the summer issue of that excellent magazine (if you would like a sneaky peak, nip over to the…

The Opened Field by Dom Bury

The Opened Field by Dom Bury … winner of the 2017 National Poetry Competition #WonderfulStuff #Poetry #Sestina Marvellous poem following a strict (and possibly restrictive) fixed verse form of six six lined stanzas, where the words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in…