RESULTS OF THE DANNY PYLE MEMORIAL COMPETITION 2019.
JUDGE: Brenda Hutchings
1st Prize and winner of £100.00: ‘Don’t Flog It’ by Frank Wood, Felixstone, Suffolk.
2nd Prize and winner of £50.00: ‘At the Bus Station, waiting for the No 10 Bus’ by Val Tigwell, Farnborough, Hampshire.
6 Runners Up:
‘Rod the Cod’ by AKS Shaw, Templecombe.
‘Confirm Humanity’ by Christopher M. James, France.
‘Career Change’ by Stuart Handysides, Ware.
‘To Joe Bloggs from the Poetry Editor’ by Gerald Vinestock, Oxford.
‘Assisted Living’ by Sarah Dolan, Wemyss Bay, Scotland.
‘Rattle’ by Kathy Miles, Ceredigion, Wales.
Don’t Flog It
If you have a dead horse in the farmyard
and its body is blocking the gate
just send off for Equine Logistics
and have it shipped down to the Tate.
They’ll be more than happy to hang it
though it may fall on somebody’s head
but they won’t be concerned in the slightest
for the horse will be thoroughly dead.
They may think it a brilliant idea
to display at the very next view
and if someone is killed in the process
that’s art aping life – and it’s new.
DANNY PYLE MEMORIAL COMPETITON
DANNY PYLE served on the Torbay Festival Committee from the beginning, first as secretary, then as President. Danny was a consumate composer of humorous poems and loved the light-hearted touch within poetry. He would have been delighted to have a competition dedicated to making people laugh.
Write a humorous poem in any recognised format, no more than 35 lines.
1st PRIZE – £100
2nd PRIZE – £50
ENTRY FEE: £5 for two poems or £10 for 5 poems.
Closing date: September 15th 2019
Brenda Hutchings is a poet, painter, actor and a well-respected spoken word artiste.
Like Danny, humour is ever present in much of her work.
How to enter
- Download an Entry Form here, complete and return with your poem(s) and fee.
- Compete the form alongside, attach your poems and then click ‘Add to Cart’ to make your payment via Paypal. If you are entering more than one poem, please put all poems on separate sheets in one Word file.
- Poems must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication. They should be written in English and not exceed 35 lines.
- Each poem must be typed, single-spaced on one side of A4 paper which must not bear the name of the author or any form of identification. The titles of poems and name and address of the poet should be clearly listed on the entry form or a separate sheet of paper.
- The entry fee is £5.00 for 2 poems, or 5 poems for £10.00.
- Receipt of entry will be acknowledged if a stamped, addressed postcard marked ‘Receipt’ is enclosed with entry.
- A list of winners will be sent if a stamped addressed envelope marked ‘Prizewinners’ is enclosed with the entry.
- Copyright will remain with the author, but the organisers reserve the right to publish any of the winning or commended poems up to one year after the end of the competition.
- The awards will be announced at the Torbay Poetry Festival. The winning poets will be notified in advance and invited to attend the Prizegiving. All short-listed poets will be invited to read their short-listed entry.
- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results. The poems will not be returned.
- The organisers reserve the right to return poems and entry fees if the need arises.
- Neither the judge nor organisers are eligible to enter the competition.
- The judge will read ALL the entries.
- Cheques/POs should be made payable to Torbay Poetry and sent together with the poems and author’s details to: The Administrator, c/o 6 The Mount, Brixham, South Devon TQ5 8QY, UK. Envelopes should be clearly marked ‘Danny Pyle Memorial Poetry Competition’