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“The standard is breathtaking. I like some that haven’t made it and that is a reflection of the level of the entries and so Paragram has agreed to include the long listed poems in the anthology as well.”

These were the words from Adrienne Dines as she surveyed the long list of poems – read what she says about the winners in the out soon anthology Slants of Light.

Just as we were able to offer the opportunity to have their work published to the entire long list in a full anthology (even though we had originally planned a chap book for short listers only), so we are able to offer our blog followers the opportunity to pre-order the volume at a special pre- published price of £8.

This is an amazing collection of masterly and poignant poetry upon which the judge heaped praise and admiration and includes such accomplished poets as Claire Dyer, Vivienne Vermes, Ian O’Brien, Audrey Ardern-Jones, Doireann Ni Ghriofa, Joanna Tulloch, Jeannie Steed and many more whose work could not be left out of the book, so good was the poetry.

Full adjudication notes are included as they will be helpful to any poet who is contemplating entering a competition, full as they are of pertinent comments and advice. There is also an article written by Adrienne about the whole judging process – a must read for poets who want to ‘get their work out there’. It embodies a great explanation of why, if your poem has not be selected this time, you should never give up…it is a comment about the judge’s preference and the process that has to be followed rather than about the worth of the poem. Many good poems did not make the cut purely because there had to be a cut somewhere…if that is you, take heart and send it out again…and again… and again.

Purchase this amazing anthology at the guaranteed pre-publication price of £8 here and watch out for upcoming news about the launch and reading event in London and, of course, of our next project…an open submission into the 2014 anthology…