Poems back in the shops - apologies for the buggeration

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The software glitch should be over now and you are OK to upload your poems in shops again. We have extended the deadline until the morning to give you chance to upload any final poems for the Bolton Arts Trail. Looks like it was just a bug in the system, pesky things! Humble apologies for all the botheration, and a huge thank you to you all for your patience and persistence in trying the workarounds. Hopefully all is OK now. -------- Submissions are invited for original poems to be displayed alongside other art works in town centre shops during Bolton’s week-long arts festival from 14 June. It’s a superb opportunity for poets, amateur or established, to have their work read by hundreds of people in Bolton’s town centre and by thousands of regular visitors to the Write Out Loud website, the UK’s biggest online poetry community. The final selection will also appear in a Bolton Arts Festival anthology and website.  Our website shows a list of participating shops with basic information and links where available. Poets are invited to write a poem on a theme of, or inspired by, the individual shop, and submit it online. The poems will be appear on the website, where people can comment and rate them out of 10, the final selection being curated by Write Out Loud founder Julian Jordon. Serious or humorous, all poems suitable for public readership are welcome. “I am hoping that, for example, the pasty VAT issue might give us some pastry-based political poetry,” he says. Having established Write Out Loud as a poetry-loving creative community in Bolton in 2003, then in five other towns, Julian is convinced the region’s creative spirit will bring some fascinating verse that will contribute to a very successful festival. The deadline for receipt of poems is midnight on Wednesday 6 June 2012. So, get out your pen and paper, look at the list of shops and start writing, commenting and voting. Come on you poets! To upload your poem, find the shop you want to write about and click the button Word of caution: Read the terms and conditions carefully, and proofread and edit your work before submitting. To view existing entries and rate the poems, click on and click on the number of stars out of ten. Bolton Arts Festival, 14 – 21 June, 2012 across the town centre, and on university and college campuses.      

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Julian (Admin)

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Mon 11th Jun 2012 11:22

sorry all, I shall explain shortly. basically we have had to abandon the voting because of the software glitch and the time constraints and some other realisations. The poems need to go for printing today. that said, the voting has been open all along and some folks have done so. But it could all have been made clearer.

Ann Foxglove

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Mon 11th Jun 2012 10:15

When does voting finish for those who wish to? And where has the link gone? ('Spect it's me but I can't find it)

Ann Foxglove

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Mon 11th Jun 2012 10:05

I think this is great idea - I wasn't around/didn't have enough time to really participate with a new poem - got writers block anyway at the mo'. I think this whole thing must have been a lot of work for somebody (Julian?). I'm wondering if the idea might work as part of the St Ives (Cornwall) Festival. If I could be arsed! ;););)

Rowena M Love

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Mon 28th May 2012 15:58

Thanks for the prompt clarification, Winston. I appreciate it. I'll get busy and enter some poems soon. :-)

Winston (Admin)

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Mon 28th May 2012 15:13

Hi Rowena, Just had a chat with Julian, Yes. Any poem already published elswhere (e.g. in a poetry magazine, or an anthology) may be put forward for this project. 'The More the merrier'

Winston

Rowena M Love

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Mon 28th May 2012 12:14

Hi Julian, don't know if you saw that I had added to the comment I made on Saturday...?

I've now cut and pasted it here instead, so that the response follows the comment instead of the other way round. :-)

Sorry, Julian, I wasn't quite clear what you meant by your reply, but that was possibly just the way I phrased my original question. Did you mean that I could use a poem I had self-published, but not one that had been brought out by someone else?

I was asking whether a poem of mine, published elsewhere (e.g. in a poetry magazine, or an anthology) was allowed to be entered into the competition or whether it had to be one that hadn't yet been published by anyone at all. Ta.

Julian (Admin)

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Sun 27th May 2012 13:00

so long as it is your poem, and not previously published by someone else, yes, of course. Let's get your work into the High Street. Portas poetry perhaps?

Rowena M Love

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Sat 26th May 2012 19:39

Can a previously published poem be used, or does it have to be unpublished to qualify? TIA.

... added response moved to comment on May 28th...

Julian (Admin)

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Fri 25th May 2012 16:40

Sure, previously blogged poems welcome. Enter!

Isobel

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Fri 25th May 2012 15:54

Having looked at the terms and conditions, I can't see why previous WOL blogs shouldn't be admitted, Jane. It's not like there is a cash prize or anything. I think you just get the pleasure of exposure to a wider shopping audience ;)

jane wilcock

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Thu 24th May 2012 21:17

Are poems previously written/ blogged on WoL admissable or is this for work never published online or anywhere before?Thanks
I am looking forward to visiting the shops during the exhibition, great idea, Julian.

Tommy Carroll

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Thu 24th May 2012 21:01

nah J I meant 'abortion'. :o)
as is:
'ok' at the start of a sentence, (esp a reply) in conversation.
'so' see above.
Both very much in vogue (on BBC radios 3/4/5/6) atm.
I would contribute many more but i have the world to worry abt.

Steven Parker

Wed 23rd May 2012 12:53


World Peace.

Fact or fiction?

Steven Parker
(Lyrical Poet)

Julian (Admin)

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Tue 22nd May 2012 15:02

I assume you mean 'aberration' Tommy?

Thank you Isobel. We are trying it with this project and we shall see how it works.

Tommy Carroll

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Mon 21st May 2012 23:15

''I'm loving'' what foul abortion of the ingland langwige is that?

Isobel

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Mon 21st May 2012 16:34

I'm loving the idea of being able to run/administer competitions on line, Julian. What a great addition to the WOL menu options! I'm hoping you might open it up also to the informal WOL comps we like to run now and again...

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