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Vol.4. No.1. October - December 2010

Writing Competitions



Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (January 2011).


Entry deadline EXTENDED until 07-January-2011*

Competition Details 

Subject: Poems may be on any subject or style and MUST NOT have been previously published, posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published.

Length: Maximum 40 lines per poem.
Entry Fees: £3.00 per poem, £12.00 for 5 poems.
First Prize: £150.00
Second Prize: £60.00
Third Prize: £40.00

First Publication: The top three poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions - Selected Poems & Short Stories from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competition Series. (This is a print magazine) Up to 15 poems, subject to quality, from this competition will be published in Sentinel Champions Magazine in August 2011.

Entries Deadline: 20th December, 2010  7th January 2011
Results due: 31st January, 2011 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine at 
Judge: Mandy Pannett,
Competition Administration: Sentinel Poetry Movement

  1. Poems must be in English Language and typed.

  2. Author's name and address or any other identifying mark MUST NOT appear on any of your poetry pages.

  3. PRINT your Name, Postal Address, E-mail Address and if you wish, Telephone number on a plain sheet of paper and place the paper in a sealed envelope.

  4. Write "SLQ POETRY JAN 2011" followed by the Title(s) of your Poem(s) on the back of the envelope.

  5. Make cheques or Postal Orders (in GB£ only) payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT.

Send your Poems, the envelope with your name inside, and your entry fee to: 

Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113 – 115 George Lane
E18 1AB
United Kingdom

International/Online entrants may enter by e-mail and pay entry fees by Paypal. To enter by this method please follow these steps:

  1. Select the option that matches your entry preference from the paypal drop-down button below and make the applicable payment.

  2. After making your payment, you will be given a Transaction ID or Receipt Number by Paypal. Make a note of the Transaction ID.

  3. Submit your poems and a cover note with your Name, Postal Address, Optional Telephone Number and Titles of your poems to  as a Word or rtf attachment.

  4. In the subject line, type SLQ POETRY JAN 2011 Followed by your Transaction ID. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of stories within 48 hours.


*Due to delays postal delays caused by adverse weather, and the usual pre-Christmas post, we have deemed it only fair to extend the deadline to the end of the first week in January to make sure all entries are accounted for.

Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy:

  1. You may enter as many poems as you wish with the appropriate entry fees.

  2. If you win one of the prizes in this quarter's competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next quarter's competition.

  3. The judges read the poems without any indication of the identity of the authors. If the same poet wins more than one prize, in the interest of fairness we WILL award it.

  4. The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into.

  5. If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.

  6. We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an alternative to cancellation of the competition.

  7. If you would like an acknowledgement of postal entries, please enclose an SAE marked "acknowledgement".

  8. The Judge's Report will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly on 31 January 2011. This publication is online, if you would like to receive the Judges' Report in the post, please enclose an SAE marked "Judges' Report".

  9. All prizewinners will be notified by post or e-mail within 7 days of the announcement of the results. These notifications will be accompanied with a prize claim invoice.

  10. By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection act 1998. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.

  11. By entering this competition you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter with the results of the competition, the adjudicator's reports and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.
    * Online entries must be received by midnight on the 7th January 2011. Postal entries must be post-marked by 7th January 2011. E&OE | SLQ

Current Competitions (January 2011)

Poetry Competition. Enter by 20th December, 2010

Short Story Competition. Enter by 20th December, 2010

Previous Competitions (October 2010)


Judge's Report (Poetry) by Geoff Stevens

Judge's  Report (Short Stories) by Ivor Hartmann




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Mandy Pannett lives in West Sussex where she is a creative writing tutor. She also supports several local writing groups and runs an Arts Cafe. Her first poetry collection 'Boy's Story' was issued, with original music, as a CD. Two further collections have been published by Oversteps Books - 'Bee Purple' and 'Frost Hollow'. In 2009, her fourth collection, Allotments in the Orbital, was published by Searle Publishing. Her work has been widely published in small press magazines and online. She is currently working on a new collection. She has won several literary prizes including three Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition prizes.



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