Prole Pamphlet Competition, 2018
The results are in!
With many thanks to Mab Jones for judging this year's Pamphlet competition, we can now announce the winner. Her response to the winning pamphlet and commendations are below. All entries were judged 'blind'.
Many congratulations to Luke Palmer with Spring in the Hospital who is this year's worthy winner. Spring in the Hospital can be purchased from our home page, here.
Mab chose two pamphlet entries to commend:
My Hotel by Scott Elder
True by Paul Jeffcutt
I'm sure these will find success elsewhere.
Spring in the Hospital
After reading all entries, re-reading, reading again, sifting, re-reading, making notes on a spreadsheet, re-reading, drawing up a longlist, re-reading, drawing up a shortlist, reading again, making notes, and then drawing up a even shorter shortlist, which I read and re-read until my head ached, coming to a final decision was extremely difficult. In the end, Spring in the Hospital won out, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was extremely cohesive, the poems exploring a particular subject / setting (illness / disease / hospital), and this gave the pamphlet as a whole much depth and resonance. Although I’m not a stickler for the idea that pamphlets must always do so, some other submissions suffered from their lack of, at the very least, thematic coherence, jumping from theme to theme, subject to subject, with a variety of different styles and voices, so that the end effect was of a collection of ‘poems leftover from other projects’. Here, the feeling was that the writer journeyed across a certain landscape, stopping here and there to examine things in closer detail before continuing, with the over result that the reader (I) was pulled along, and purused those particular items, with them.
Secondly, the poems were very well formed, with an excellent mix of the graphic and florid, and a sublime use of space / breath / caesura. Each piece drew me in and left me, afterwards, with something - an astounding image, a feeling of shock, a heart-punch, a wondering or questioning. I not only felt totally engaged, but punched here, cwtched there, made to mull on this, made to query that, until the very end with that wonderful snow image which came back to me again and again. A really powerful, yet remarkably light and readable, series of poems. I read it many times and the poems remained sharp, succinct, intelligent and interesting, whilst also offering up something new each time. Springtime in the Hospital is a profoundly accomplished poetry pamphlet, in my opinion.
Again, this was a wonderfully cohesive series of poems, full of depth and intelligence, and with a pleasing amount of quirkiness and wry humour. I particularly enjoyed the variety of form and voice, here, with some poems containing more than one speaker / style of speech, and an interesting use of shape and / or spacing in others. A very well executed, excellently-written series of works.
I really enjoyed the concept behind this pamphlet, which takes the stories behind real objects and historical events / characters as its inspiration. This made for a very original and unpredictable series. I don’t think I have ever read a poem before about frozen fruit cake found in the Antarctic!! Very interesting, very well written, and a delight to read.
These were the details of the pamphlet competition, 2018.
We are open to entries from March 1st 2018 to 30th June 2018.
The winner will receive £100 and 15 copies.
Please be aware, we are active editors and will work with the winner to ensure the pamphlet is the very best it can possibly be.
Entries will be passed on to Mab who will judge 'blind'. ie/ We'll make sure entries delivered to her are anonymised.
There is a fee of £12 for one entry and £20 for two entries. You can use the PayPal button, below (preferred) or by cheque, made out in GBP only to Phil Robertson.
Please send entries as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org and include 'pamphlet' in the submission line and quote your PayPal transaction number - or send by mail to:
Try to avoid using your name on the body of the submission to make it easier for us to make sure entries are sent anonymously.
Thewinner will be announced and the pamphlet launched on October 1st, 2018.