2015

DECEMBER 10 - 2015

Glass Eye has been specially commended in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition by the judge Hannah Lowe in the UK.

 

The prize is offered by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, overseen by the director Niall Munro, and co-director, Scottish poet, Kate Clanchy.

 

‘Two top prizes of £1000 were on offer in a competition that sought to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems were submitted in two categories: ESL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who speak English as Second Language), and Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age).’

 

The prize received over 900 entries from across the globe.

 

The prize-giving ceremony will take place at Oxford Brookes University in February.

DECEMBER 4 - 2015

A suite of Wes’s poems appear in Blackmail Press, issue 41: Piercing the White Space, guest edited by Michalia Arathimos in Auckland.

 

Founded in 2001 by editor Doug Poole: ‘Blackmail Press’s impetus is to promote New Zealand poetry and to provide an environment for emerging New Zealand poets to share their work, presenting an eclectic range of voices from Aotearoa and abroad.’

 

DECEMBER 1 - 2015

You Know You Will Never Ride a Bike Again has been selected as a finalist in The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015 in London by the judges Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe.

 

The annual Troubadour Poetry Prize (£5000) is one of the largest UK prizes for an individual poem. Administered by Coffee-House Poetry, this year the prize attracted over 4,000 entries from around the world.

 

The prize-giving evening took place last night at The Troubadour in Brompton Road, Earls Court, London, where the winning poets were announced and read alongside Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe.

 

The prizewinning poems are published on the Coffee House Poetry Website. Read: You Know You Will Never Ride a Bike Again HERE

NOVEMBER 14 - 2015

Sand and Renovations appear in The NZPS Anthology: Scattered Feathers, launched at the National Library, Wellington.

 

Scattered Feathers is edited by Laurice Gilbert and contains the winning and commended poems from the NZPS annual competition, judged by Harvey Malloy, alongside a number of poems selected by the editor.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.'

The anthology can be purchased from the NZPS Website

OCTOBER 18 - 2015

Wes has 2 poems shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize, judged by Roger McGough in the UK.

 

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973. The Bridport Poetry Prize has a first prize of 5000 pounds, and is one of the major UK prizes for poetry.

 

The Bridport Poetry Prize received over 7,000 poetry entries this year.

OCTOBER 18 - 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The Bridport Short Story Prize, judged by Jane Rogers in the UK.

 

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973. The Bridport Poetry Prize has a first prize of 5000 pounds, and is one of the major UK prizes for poetry.

 

The Bridport Poetry Prize received over 4,500 Short story entries this year.

OCTOBER 1 - 2015

Everyone I Know appears in Cordite 51.1: UMAMI, launched in Australia, guest edited by Luke Davies.

 

‘The loan-term ‘umami’ speaks of a cultural difference of sorts – one to be found in the taste buds. It’s the fifth category of taste (along with the more familiar ones of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). In Japan, umami contains within it the notion of the sweet and the sour at once … neither one or the other, nor simply both bound together. Umami is not necessarily a compound taste. It’s experience is elemental, indivisible.’ – Luke Davies

 

Cordite Poetry Review is one of Australia’s foremost literary journals of poetry and essays.

 

Cordite 51: 1: Umami, can be read HERE

SEPTEMBER 27 - 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The Elbow Room Prize 2015 in London.

 

The prize winners will be showcased at an exhibition from October 16th – 18th at The Gallery on the Corner, in London, and celebrated at an evening of Visual Art, Poetry and Live Music.

 

‘Elbow Room, launched in 2012 by As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the UK.’

 

The judging panel for the inaugural prize included Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried.

SEPTEMBER 17 - 2015

Tears in the rain... all those moments will be gone and On the Road’s Shoulder at Reikorangi appear in Underneath: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize Anthology, launched by the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra.

 

The anthology contains the poems selected for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2015, one of the world’s richest poetry prizes with a total prize-pool of $25,000 AUD.

 

Edited by Owen Bullock and Niloofar Fanaiyan, the anthology is available as a free e-book from The University of Canberra.

SEPTEMBER 14 - 2015

Around 6 and Visualisation will appear in JAAM Magazine: Issue 33, selected by guest editors Kiri Piahana-Wong and Rosetta Allan.

 

The theme of Issue 33 is ‘small departures’.

 

JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) is a literary journal founded in 1995 and published by the Wellington based JAAM collective whose co managing editors are Helen Rickerby and Claire Needham:

 

‘JAAM has grown into a popular national literary journal and receives funding from Creative NZ/Toi Aotearoa.’

 

Kiri Piahana-Wong is a poet and editor whose debut poetry collection, Night Swimming, was published in 2013. She is the publisher at Anahera Press, which has the kaupapa/mission statement to publish work that fosters the telling and recognition of culturally diverse stories.

 

Rosetta Allan is an Auckland-based writer who grew up in Hawke’s Bay. Her most recent publication, Purgatory, was published by Penguin in June 2014. Her first poetry collection, Little Rock, was released in 2007 and her second volume, Over Lunch, in 2010.

 

JAAM 33 will launch in December.

AUGUST 28 - 2015

The We Society: Poetry Anthology has launched on August 28 at Te Henga Studios in Auckland as part of National Poetry Day.

 

The anthology introduces the poems chosen by Dr. Jack Ross in the Printable Reality Poetry Prize, including Wes’s 1st prize winning poem Farm.

 

Printable Reality in association with Splice and Te Henga Studios, have devised the We Society poetry project 2015: ‘The Anthology is the fourth edition in our series of “Stage2Page” titles. It is an astonishing collection of poems selected from over 400 competition entries.’

 

Jack Ross is a poet, fiction writer and editor. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University’s Auckland Campus. His short verse drama ‘Scenes from The Puppet Oresteia’ appeared in 2011 from Narcissus Press (Rhinebeck, New York). His other publications include four full-length poetry collections, three novels, and three volumes of short fiction.

 

The anthology can be purchased HERE via Amazon

AUGUST 24 - 2015

Swansongs has been longlisted for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year in the UK. The prize is supported by the School of English and Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Kent.

 

The longlisted poets were chosen by a judging panel comprised of: Luigi Marchini, Sonia Overall and John Baylis.

 

The winner of the University of Kent Prize and Poet of the Year will be announced at an Awards Evening on 8 October 2015, in the Gulbenkian Theatre. The Canterbury Festival is one of the largest Literary Festivals in the UK and takes place over two weeks in October. 

 

The longlisted poems will appear in the annual Poet of the Year Anthology 2015 published by The Friends of Canterbury Festival.

AUGUST 21, 2015

Wes has two poems longlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. With a total prize-pool of $25,000 AUD.

 

The longlist was selected by the judges Subhash Jaireth, Judy Johnson and Alvin Pang and will now be presented to the head judge Elizabeth Smither who will choose the winning poem, runner-up and four shortlisted poems.

 

The winning poem will be awarded $15,000, and will be announced September 9.

 

An anthology of the winning and longlisted poems will be published by the University of Canberra in September.

AUGUST 18 - 2015

Sand has been awarded 3rd prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2015 International Poetry Competition, judged by Harvey Molloy.

 

There were 412 entries in the Open Category.

 

The winning entries will appear in the annual anthology, along with a number of poems selected by the editor.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.’

 

The anthology will be launched by the New Zealand Poetry Society in November.

 

‘Sand... tonally satisfying and nicely underplayed.’ – Harvey Molloy

AUGUST 18 - 2015

After the Funeral: Three Paperweights has been shortlisted for one of Verandah’s Literary Prizes. The winners will be announced at the launch on August 21 at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

 

Each year Verandah offers a number of prizes donated by their sponsors for the best pieces to appear in the journal, selected by the editors: Jessica Harvie, Breanna Zampaglione, Bonnee Crawford, Justine Stella, and Sarah Bilotta.

 

Now in its 30th year, Verandah 30 will be launched at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival August 21.

AUGUST 4 - 2015

Lifesaving has been awarded 2nd place in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2015. Selected by the judges: Tristram Fane-Saunders and Holly Howitt-Dring.

 

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. ‘Across a long life – spanning several incarnations – the pages of the Magazine have played host to a wide range of canonical writers, from Wordsworth, Shelley, Hazlitt and Keats in the 18th-century, to T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh in the early 20th-century. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape.’

 

‘In its continuing project of promoting emerging poetic talent, The London Magazine runs an annual poetry competition, providing the opportunity for publication in one of the most highly respected and established literary periodicals.’

 

 The winning poems will be published by The London Magazine in October.

AUGUST 1 - 2015

After the Funeral: Three Paperweights has been selected to appear in Verandah, the annual literary journal of Deakin University, Melbourne.

 

This year’s editors are: Jessica Harvie, Breanna Zampaglione, Bonnee Crawford, Justine Stella, and Sarah Bilotta.

 

‘The first edition of Verandah Literary Journal was launched in 1986, beneath the shade of the ‘wide verandahs’ of Victoria College. From its inception Verandah has attracted high quality work from both established and emerging writers and artists for annual publication.’

 

Now in its 30th year, Verandah 30 will be launched at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival August 21.

JULY 26 - 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The Short Fiction Prize in the UK. The shortlist of six was selected by Alison MacLeod & Anthony Caleshu.

 

The annual Short Fiction Prize is run by The University of Plymouth Press and offers a prize pool of 600 pounds and publication in the Short Fiction Journal edited by Anthony Caleshu and Tom Vowler:

 

‘Short FICTION appears annually in the autumn, publishing some of the finest short stories from around the world. Many of our authors are long celebrated, others we’ll take credit for as our discovery. We take special care to prepare each writer’s work with bespoke front-illustration and within its own chapbook of space. Our aim is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between literature and the visual arts, exploring the potential for collaborative artistic practice. In short, we believe the literary journal should be a thing of beauty. See our back issues for stories by Kevin Barry, Helen Oyeyemi, Brad Watson and Marina Warner. Our current issue includes fiction by Deborah Eisenberg, Alison Moore, Graham Mort, Alex Preston and Mariko Nagai.’

 

The winner will be announced in July.

JULY 3 - 2015

Launched at the Westerly Centre at the University of Western Australia, Westerly is the flagship literary publication of Western Australia and has published over 180 issues since 1956.

 

‘The magazine covers literature and culture throughout the world, but maintains a special emphasis on Australia, particularly Western Australia, and the Asian region. Westerly has a strong international reputation, being listed in all the world’s major cultural biographies and indexes, and has been instrumental in the careers of many of the regions most prominent and internationally renowned writers. These include major Western Australian writers such as Randolph Stow, Dorothy Hewett, T.A.G. Hungerford and Elizabeth Jolley; highly-awarded contemporary writers, including Tim Winton, Kim Scott, and Sally Morgan; and important local poets like John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan, John Mateer, and Lucy Dougan.'

Westerly can be purchased HERE

JUNE 10 - 2015

Wes has won the We Society Poetry Prize, judged by Dr. Jack Ross.

 

The three joint winners of the prize were announced on Tuesday night at the Peace Poetry Jam, Poetry Live, in Auckland.

 

50 poems selected by Dr. Jack Ross will also appear in the ‘We, Society’ poetry anthology to be published by Printable Reality later this year.

 

The We Society: Poetry Anthology will be officially launched at a live performance event on National Poetry Day – 28th August  2015 at Te Henga Studios.

JUNE 7 - 2015

A man dies drunk one night fishing for his keys and Daughter appear in Issue 9 of NOON: journal of the short poem, published in Tokyo, and selected by the editor Philip Rowland.

 

‘Published in hand-sewn, limited editions between 2004 and 2009, the journal aims to put some of the most interesting English-language haiku in conversation with other innovative short poetry. The new series appears online, with the journal’s style of presentation being retained as far as possible. A selection of poems from the online issues are published in printed book form every other year.’

 

Issue 9 can be read HERE

MAY 1 - 2015

Wes has been accepted for publication in Cordite 51.1: UMAMI, selected by guest Editor Luke Davies.

 

Cordite Poetry Review is one of Australia’s foremost literary journals of poetry and essays.

 

Cordite 51.1: UMAMI, will be launched on October 1:

 

‘The loan-term ‘umami’ speaks of a cultural difference of sorts – one to be found in the taste buds. It’s the fifth category of taste (along with the more familiar ones of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). In Japan, umami contains within it the notion of the sweet and the sour at once … neither one or the other, nor simply both bound together. Umami is not necessarily a compound taste. It’s experience is elemental, indivisible.’ – Luke Davies

APRIL 12 - 2015

Spectre appears in Meniscus, an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) which aims to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing. 

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

 

Meniscus, Volume 3, Issue 1, showcases writing from: Matthew Arnaudon, Eugen Bacon, Sarah Barr, Owen Bullock, John Irving Clarke, Tina Cole, Stephen Devereux, Willo Drummond, Liz Hambrick, Geoffrey Heptonstall, Wes Lee, Alexandra McLeavy, David McVey, Helen L Moore, Mario Petrucci, Heather Richardson, Jane Simpson, Ian C Smith, Christine Stanton, Margarita Tenser, Christine Thatcher, Samuel Wagan Watson, Heidi Williamson.

FEBRUARY 14 - 2015

‘A celebration of love with music and poetry by the water. Enjoy a romantic day in the environs of the Mandurah Performing Arts centre experiencing romantic love poetry and music by spoken word performers Dean M. Whelan (Melbourne), Mags Webster (Hong Kong) and Maitland Schnaars with Kevin Gillam plus Gail Willems and other winners and contributors of the Poetry d’Amour Contest. Music by Justin Walshe Duo.’

 

Poetry d’Amour will feature at events in two locations on Valentine’s Day 2015: Perth Zoological Gardens (Home of Poetry d’Amour) from sunset to 9.30 pm. And Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery from 11am to 12.30 pm.

JANUARY 27 - 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The London Magazine’s Short Story competition by the judges Polly Samson and Harriet Kline. The shortlist of 10 was announced today on The London Magazine’s website.

 

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. ‘Across a long life – spanning several incarnations – the pages of the Magazine have played host to a wide range of canonical writers, from Wordsworth, Shelley, Hazlitt and Keats in the 18th-century, to T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh in the early 20th-century. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape. We are home to some of the very best names in short story writing, including Raymond Carver, Alison MacLeod, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd.

 

The annual short story competition offers a prize fund of 1,000 pounds, publication in The London Magazine, and is open to submissions worldwide.

 

‘The competition continues to grow and every year it is exciting to see an eclectic mix of truly inspiring and inventive short stories.’

 

‘The winners will be formally announced at a champagne reception in the House of Commons on the 11th March 2015.’

 

View the shortlist HERE

JANUARY 1 - 2015

Going to Bed with Friends appears in HISSAC winners: The Last Ten Years, an anthology published by the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association.

 

‘This anthology consists of 50 of the best stories from the first ten years of HISSAC, selected from thousands of entries over the years – a hugely diverse selection covering all manner of subjects; often moving, always well written, and many very surprising, HISSAC is very proud of all the authors and their stories.’

 

Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC) was founded in 2004 by Scottish novelist Clio Gray, and is based in Balintore in the Highlands of Scotland.

 

The anthology is available in Kindle and paperback formats on Amazon UK