Apple Poems wanted for Ledbury Poetry Festival

Love this idea, to fill a ‘barrel’ with apple poems:
Copied and pasted, as usual: Welcome to The Poetry Orchard! Its trees are rooted in common ground and its apple-poems  are everyone’s. I’ve filled a barrel with the names of some Herefordshire apples. If you’d like to add your poem to the orchard then simply pick one of the apple names and make it the title of your poem. Then post it via the link below and it will appear on this page. Maybe you know an apple that’s not on the list. Don’t worry if the apple-title you choose has already appeared. That’s what we want. And look out for more on ‘The Poetry Orchard’ at the 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival.

To start the apples rolling, here’s a poem, ‘Windfalls’, which gave me the idea for this orchard. It was commissioned by ‘Poetry on Loan’ and ‘Herefordshire Libraries’. I wanted the apple names to evoke local characters. Perhaps your apple poem’s name will make you think of someone and bring them to life, so that we build up a community of apples.

Look forward to tasting your poem!

Paul Henry
Herefordshire’s ‘Poet in Residence’


Poetry New Zealand International Print Journal

This print journal gives big focus to New Zealand writers, but also features international writers:
Copied and pasted from their website: Submit electronically, at any time, to the following email address: (you can paste your poems in the body of the email or include them as a MSWord file attachment).

Creative Writing Competition on the theme of Regret and Reconciliation

Free to enter competition, with cash prizes and the possibility of an anthology of winning work.
Copied and pasted from the website of the Dying Matters Coalition:
Anyone touched by regret or reconciliation – the outcome, for example, of a family rift, professional row, absence of a will or of someone’s failure to make their wishes known – is urged to submit their story. The judges will be looking for original prose or poetry in which the author’s feelings and thoughts have been well crafted into a piece of work that attracts the reader’s attention and retains their interest. While There’s Still Time is expected to attract a great deal of public attention and may lead to the publication of a selected anthology. Some entries will, subject to the authors’ agreement, be used to promote the Dying Matters Coalition and will feature on Dying Matters’ website. This stimulating competition is open now and closes at midnight on 30 June 2014.