Cloud poem competition

in association with The Cloud Appreciation Society


The sky is low, the clouds are mean

So said Emily Dickinson. Of course, it’s not necessarily the case. Clouds can be whatever we want them to be, which is why we’re teaming up with the Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) to find the very best new poems about clouds for a new Candlestick Press pamphlet due out this summer.

How to enter

Entry is free and by email only. Poems should be in English and no longer than 40 lines. You may enter as many times as you wish, although no entrant will receive more than one prize. Attach your poem(s) in a Word document, using font Times New Roman, point size 12, single spaced.

Make sure your document contains no identifying details, and send it as an email attachment to Include your name, address and contact information in the body of the email, along with the poem title(s). Please don’t send us anything that has already been published elsewhere (including online) although we’re happy to accept entries that are being simultaneously submitted to other competitions.

The competition will be judged by Katharine Towers, Candlestick Press Assistant Editor and CAS Poet in Residence. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. The competition closes at midnight on 17th March 2017 and winners will be notified by 1st May 2017.

Prizes

The winning poem will feature in Candlestick’s forthcoming pamphlet Ten Poems about Clouds which is due for publication in July 2017. It will also be posted on the CAS and Candlestick Press websites. The winner will receive 30 copies of the pamphlet, in addition to a Cloud Appreciation Society membership (or a top-up subscription if already a member).

Ten commended poets will each receive five copies of the anthology and their poems will be posted on the Candlestick Press and CAS websites. The winning and commended poets will be invited to read at the launch of Ten Poems about Clouds in July.

Inspiration

Need some clouds to get started? Visit the Cloud Appreciation Society website at https://cloudappreciationsociety.org where you’ll find an extensive gallery of cloud images. Good luck! We look forward to receiving your poems.


Previous competition winners


Micropoem competition 2015

First Prize: Roz Goddard @rozgoddard

Commended: Maria Taylor @MariaTaylor_

Commended: Matthew Paul @MatthewPaulPoet

Plus five additional runner-up prizes of a copy of The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Seven) to:

Jeanette Burton @Nettie31
Karen Jane Cannon @KarenJaneCannon
Polly Atkin @pollyrowena
Maree Jaeger @MJPhotographer
Stephen Daniels @stephendaniels


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