Launched on March 4th at the Poetry Cafe, this is set to be one of our best projects yet.
Once again we are running a competition. We are excited to be offering three categories, each with its own prize, in this year’s competition. We are adding humour to our more usual call for poetry and petite-prose.
The theme is Paradox, inherently ludicrous, wry or hard to believe, we felt this was the perfect chance to search for poems and petite-prose designed to make the reader laugh. Of course paradox can equally be sad, joyous or droll – the choice is yours. With three genres to explore there is surely something to prompt everyone to pick up their pencil and begin to write.
There will be a cash prize of £50 in each of the three genres with the winning and short-listed work from each category to be included in the Paragram anthology ‘Paradox’ which will be published in time for Christmas.
We are very fortunate to have Claire Dyer, prize winning poet and romantic novelist, as our judge this year. When she launched the competition at the Poetry Cafe Claire said a little about what she will be searching for in her judgements. Claire is interested in fine detail and well observed writing. She is a stickler for punctuation, grammar and presentation. Claire is expecting interesting, exciting and unusual interpretations of ‘Paradox’ which stir her to strong reaction – be it laughter of tears.
The full rules can be seen on the rules page of this site. All we will add here is that the rules are there for a reason. Follow them…it would be very sad for an amazing piece of writing to be dismissed because of a pointless rule infringement. At Paragram we aim for fuss free submission but there are some instructions we have to impose for ease of administration (not a dirty word when we are toiling over hundreds of entries) or, when we get to the printing stage, to be able to present a clean and beautiful anthology which is a pleasure to read,to handle and to add to your bookshelf.
We are primed and ready for your submissions and between now and the closing date watch this space for our Paragram Pointers designed to improve your chances in the competition. In the meantime…start thinking, get writing, explore the idea of paradox to its limits and beyond.