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Chance to have collection published in Geoff Stevens memorial competition

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The deadline is 31 October for submissions for the Geoff Stevens memorial prize, with two winners having their poetry collections published by Indigo Dreams. Ten poems should be submitted, each with a maximum length of 36 lines. The entry fee is £18. The prize is in memory of the editor of Purple Patch magazine, who died in 2012. More details 

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Mon 23rd Sep 2013 08:03

That's rather a hefty entry fee...

I do find a lot of these comps iffy. If the only prize is getting yourself published then I'm guessing the entry fees are funding this.

Would the 36 lines have something to do with page length for the printer - why should the poems be limited?

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Greg Freeman

Sun 22nd Sep 2013 23:51

I'm guessing that the winners will be invited to provide additional poems to form a full collection, Freda, once they are selected.

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Freda Davis

Sun 22nd Sep 2013 23:45

I do find competitions puzzling.
This one asks for 10 poems of not more than 36 lines. Then it says '5. The two winners will receive 25 copies of their collection which will comprise 56 perfect bound pages'.
Does this mean the ten poems totaling max: 360 lines will be spread over at least 50 pages, (given a few end-papers)? That is an average of 7.2 lines to a page. Five pages for each poem.
Am I reading this wrongly?

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