About Sentinel Annual
Poetry and Short Story Competitions
Sentinel Poetry Movement began
organising writing competitions in 2004, and introduced
the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition in
July 2009, followed by Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short
Story Competitions in January 2010.
In 2010, Sentinel Annual Poetry
Competition began its journey as the Sentinel Literature
Festival Poetry Competition judged by Roger Elkin and
the £250 first prize was won by Christian Ward.
Following the decision to run
our literature festival every other year, the festival
poetry competition was renamed Sentinel Annual Poetry
Competition, the second of which was successfully run in
2011 with Elkin back in the judge's chair, and this time
the £500 top prize was won by Terry Jones.
In 2012 we introduced the
Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition. The maiden
short story prize was won by Alison Bouhmid, while the
poetry prize was won by Oz Hardwick.
Over the years, Sentinel Poetry
Movement has enjoyed the support of our members who have
kept us going by entering our competitions, attending
our live events and buying or subscribing to our
magazines. We believe that the publishing opportunities
we offer, and ever-increasing prize money pot for our
competitions is a great way of looking after our members
and together we are creating more literature that will
surely outlive us.