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I can imagine that everyone whose poem was long listed has been waiting with bated breath for the short list – and here it is. Once again Adrienne said she found it so difficult to trim the long list to just twenty poems…but she has managed it.

A massive well done to all whose poems are on these lists and to those who have more than one title mentioned here, I bow in recognition of your talent!

We would like to give a publishing opportunity to as many poets as possible. In recognition of the difficulty our judge has experienced in whittling down these poems from long to short list and beyond Paragram may consider publishing an anthology rather than a chapbook.

This means that we could offer publication to the long listed poets. The short listed poets will still have the extra prize of an offer to perform as well as be published and for the lucky top three we will also commission some work for our 2014 anthology plus cash for first and second placed poems.

This, as always, is a decision that will be driven by economics and will depend on the support we have from the participating poets. The difference in cost for the end product is likely to be iro £5 for a chapbook and iro £8.50 for a bound anthology.

As you all know Paragram is non profit making – this also means we do not hold funds, so, please if you would like a full blown anthology instead of a much smaller chapbook publication, do let me know by emailing paragrammers@gmail.com with the words Anthology or Chapbook in the subject line

The cover design will be under way within the next two weeks so support must be shown for your preferred type of book immediately  as the artwork will need to be adjusted accordingly.

And so without further ado here is the 2013 short list (in no particular order):
Sunlight, Eston Street  – Ian O’ Brien
Ropes of Maui – Aileen Shirra
Latent – Polly Robinson
Thinking of Manatees – Claire Dyer
The Last Dandelion – Louise Cook
The House – Vivienne Vermes
The Hinged Window in the Slant Roof – Daniel Connelly
Front Line – Audrey Ardern-Jones
Mrs Pan – Vivienne Vermes
The Grey Lady – Cindy George
Darkness at my Heels – Elizabeth Mills
A far better place, in the light – Iain Colville
Evening at the Temple – Jeannie Steed
Open for business – Joanna Tulloch
A light as from afar – Iain Colville
Meteor Shower – Caroline Gill
Evensong – Tony Watts
Mirror Image – Audrey Ardern- Jones
Mother Moth – Doireann Ni Ghriofa
Spinsters – Vivienne Vermes

Had the short list been longer – these would be included

After Security, Departures – Mark Fiddes
Flat 3, Strensham Hill, Molesey – Clair Dyer
In a Moment – Jeannie Steed
Dark Alignment – Miriam Sulhunt
What Darkness can do – Aidan Baker
Winter Light – Val Horner
Elementary – Shirley Cook
Fernsehen – Joy Howard

Remember to vote for the book format you favour