LITTORAL PRESS NATURE POETRY COMPETITION   THE LITTORAL PRESS WILL BE HOLDING YEARLY COMPETITION FOR A FULL COLLECTION OF NATURE/SPIRITUAL/ENVIRONMENTAL POETRY.

 

 Realising the difficulty poets may have in putting together a full collection entirely made up of poems to do with nature, the environment and or spirituality,  collections where half or more of the poems comply with the nature/spirit/environment theme will be  deemed eligible for submission.  

 

60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the littoral press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘legal deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Aberystwyth, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. The deadline for the second competition is November 30th 2018 and there is a £20.00 entry fee. Results will be published on the littoral press website sometime in February 2019.

 

tHERE HAS BEEN SOME CONFUSION CONCERNING HOW MANY POEMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED. tHERE IS NORMALLY ONE POEM TO A PAGE UNLESS IT IS A LONGER POEM OF COURSE. tHEREFORE PLEASE SUBMIT BETWEEN 42 AND 96 POEMS. tHIS TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE TITLE PAGE, CONTENTS PAGE, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PAGE AND DEDICATION PAGE ETC....... iF YOUR POEMS ARE LONG POEMS THEN REMEMBER THERE IS A 100 PAGE MAXIMUM LIMIT FOR THE FULL COLLECTION. i HOPE THAT THIS HELPS.

 

Send submissions electronically as a Word Document or in RTF. Please keep the formatting simple - just the poems and your details: name and address etc. - no fancy stuff as it plays havoc with our system - thank you.

 

This Year's Adjudicator is Neil Leadbeater

Neil Leadbeater was born in Wolverhampton, England. He was educated at Repton and is an English graduate from the University of London. Author, poet, essayist and critic, his work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad.
 
His publications include Hoarding Conkers at Hailes Abbey (Littoral Press, 2010); Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, 2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, 2014), The Fragility of Moths(Bibliotheca Universalis, 2014), Sleeve Notes (Bibliotheca Universalis, 2016), Ports of Call(Bibliotheca Universalis, 2016) and Finding the River Horse (Littoral Press, 2017). An e-book, Grease-banding The Apple Trees is available as a PDF from Raffaelli Editore, Rimini.
 
Now based in Scotland, he is a member of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and one of the Burgh Poets (Stirling). He is a regular reviewer for several journals including the on-line magazine Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and Write Out Loud (UK) and he is an external contributor for the UK to the Romanian journal, Orizont Literar Contemporan(Contemporary Literary Horizon) based in Bucharest.
 
His many interests embrace most aspects of the arts and, on winter evenings, he enjoys the challenge of getting to grips with ancient, medieval and modern languages.
 
His work has been translated into Dutch, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.
 
Review comment on Finding the River Horse:
 

Finding the River Horse takes you on a carefully crafted journey interspersed with nature and history. Moments in time are shared amidst a backdrop of Fenland places, foxgloves and fauna. Evocative, moving and beautifully written, Neil Leadbeater’s poems reveal a hidden world of secrets and delights.

 

Sarah Miles