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  • Saturday 13th August 2022
    7:00 PM

    Welsh Sisters Gin Shop,
    Manchester House,
    Margaret St,
    New Quay SA45 9QJ

    Free event – limited places

    Ten Poems about Swimming Launch Event

    Ten Poems about Swimming Launch Event

    Join editor Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch for the launch of Ten Poems about Swimming. You’ll be able to buy a delicious hand-crafted G&T (or two) in the lovely seaside setting of the Welsh Sisters emporium, while enjoying poems that celebrate one of summer’s favourite outdoor activities.

    The first ten people to arrive will receive a complimentary copy of Ten Poems about Swimming.

    To register, please express your interest on the Welsh Sisters Facebook page.

    Register interest

    Saturday 13th August 2022
    7:00 PM

    Welsh Sisters Gin Shop,
    Manchester House,
    Margaret St,
    New Quay SA45 9QJ

    Free event – limited places

    Register interest


‘Christmas Stories’

‘Christmas Stories’

See your poem on a limited edition festive postcard!

We’re looking for brand new poems on the theme of ‘Christmas Stories’ for a special Christmas postcard that we’ll be supplying to book and gift shops across the UK.

As well as a set of your own poem postcards, you’ll win £75 and hot-off-the-press copies of this year’s festive titles.


Submissions close midnight Thursday 30th June 2022.


In order to fit onto the front of an A6 postcard, poems must be no longer than 16 lines, including title and stanza breaks, with no more than 10 words per line. Your poem must be in English. It must also be new, unpublished, and not currently submitted elsewhere.


It’s free to enter and there’s a maximum of one poem per poet. as a Word doc or PDF file with your poem’s title and your own name as the file name.


The winner will have their poem published as an A6 postcard which will be given away with copies of our 2022 festive pamphlets. They’ll win £75 and receive a set of 20 of their postcards, plus five copies of each of our new festive titles.


Christmas Stories! Your interpretation of the theme can be as broad as you wish but the link must be clear. And it certainly doesn’t have to be Christian – or even religious.


Entries will be judged by the Candlestick editorial team (Di Slaney and Kathy Towers). The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be notified by email by 31st July and announced via social media on or before 22nd August.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your entries.

Competition Result (2021)

‘Together for Christmas’

'Together for Christmas'

Competition Result (2020)

‘Getting Older’

'Getting Older'

Competition Result (2019)



Competition Result (2018)



Competition Result (2017)


  • First Prize
  • ‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled’
    Lesley Saunders
  • Second Prize
  • ‘Flight’
    Sarah Westcott
  • Highly Commended
  • ‘Cloud Break’
    Michael Brown
  • ‘Musings on Board Spacecraft Oasis 1’
    Jeanette Burton
  • ‘8.04pm’
    Miriam Calleja
  • ‘Nudging Clouds’
    Shirley Anne Cook
  • ‘Clouding Over’
    Jonathan Davidson
  • ‘Cloud Souls’
    Louise Greig
  • ‘Cloud Content’
    Caroline Hammond
  • ‘The Cloud Collector’
    Christopher James

Competition Result (2015)


  • First Prize
  • Roz Goddard
  • Commended
  • Maria Taylor
  • Matthew Paul
  • Runner-ups
  • Jeanette Burton
  • Karen Jane Cannon
  • Polly Atkin
  • Maree Jaeger
  • Stephen Daniels