SLQ POETRY AND SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS
A short history
The Sentinel Literary Quarterly writing competition series
began in July 2009 with a poetry competition judged by Andy
Willoughby and Bob Beagrie. That competition was won by
Miles Cain. In October 2009, Akinlabi Peter emerged as
winner in the competition judged by Bobby Parker. After
that, some of our readers asked why we focused only on
poetry and indicated they would like to see us run short
story and drama contests. We considered this seriously and
introduced short story competitions in January 2010. Drama
will come later. Therefore, in January 2010, we had Munayem
Mayenin as the judge of the Poetry Competition won by Noel
Williams, while Unoma Azuah judged the first Sentinel
Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition which was won by
Andrew Campbell-Kearsey. In the April 2010 competitions, the
short story competition judged by Chuma Nwokolo jr was won
by ...., while Christian Ward won the poetry competition judged
by Claire Askew with 'The Real Red Riding Hood'.
The current competitions, July 2010, judged by Derek Adams
(Poetry) and Laura Solomon (short stories), mark one year of
these writing competition series and we are pleased to
celebrate it with a £50 increase of the First prize.
Henceforth, at least for another year, the first prize shall
be £150, second prize stays at £60 and third prize at £40.
There is no change at all to the entry fees. All things
being well, we expect to upwardly review the prizes from
time to time to give just a little more weight to the
financial rewards side of the exercise for our writers.
We are grateful to everyone who has supported Sentinel
Literary Quarterly by participating in these competitions.
We are give thanks to our judges so far; Andy Willoughby,
Bob Beagrie, Bobby Parker, Unoma Azuah, Munayem Mayenin,
Chuma Nwokolo jr, Claire Askew, Laura Solomon and Derek
Click on a link below to choose a
competition to enter
Short Story Competition (July 2010)
Poetry Competition (July 2010)