Cinnamon Pencil Mentoring Competition

Our mentoring service, Cinnamon Pencil is a brilliant way to focus on your writing and bring out your creative potential. We're offering a chance to win a free place, together with two 50% bursaries to the best runners-up.

To enter, in the first instance, send us either:

  1. 10 poems, up to 50 lines each; or
  2. 2 short stories, up to 5,000 words each; or
  3. up to the first 10,000 words of your novel (to the nearest sensible cut off point).

Plus:

  1. a synopsis; and
  2. a Personal Writing Statement.

Individual poems or stories may have been published online or in magazines, provided the writer retains copyright.

International entrants welcome.

The entry fee is £10 and the closing date is 31 August, 2020.

We'll look forward to reading your submissions and good luck!

Further Guidelines

  1. One first prize of a free mentoring place plus two runners-up prizes of 50% bursaries to the Cinnamon Pencil Mentoring Service.
  2. Open to all writers, beginners and established.
  3. Judged by Jan Fortune, Michelle Angharad Pashley, Seth Fortune and Adam Craig.
  4. Credit cards can be used on Paypal without an account or pay by bank transfer in GBP.
  5. Submitted pieces should be drawn from a work in progress and, in the case of novels, not a previously published work.
  6. Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form below, as single documents in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only.
  7. Please ensure you have up-to-date virus protection before sending any files.
  8. Please include your name and contact details with your submission.
  9. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  10. We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judge's decisions are final.
  11. Results (within 3 months approximately) will be sent individually to the winning writer and two runners-up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter, so do sign up.

Cinnamon Pencil Mentoring Competition 2019


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Mini-competition 10: Dark Interiors

Here are the winning entries (the full adjudication can be found on our blog):

Winning poem by Peter Branson:

Corvus

Beguiling feral wilderness, red shift,
leaves rusting, chasing shadows, he appears
with feather duster, tangling parachute
plucked from its tower to bounce and tumble on
the sward, lie breathless, as though dead, fix friends.

Windfall, his hand-tame crow, proud on his wrist,
mends scalded minds - one of the gang, his neck
of melted plastic, cheddar, frayed ropes' end.

Matt black up close and vast, skittish from fist
to shoulder blade, death masque, the beak's a vice,
carved ebony, the eye inscrutable,
a power tool, the fortune teller's orb
of jet, blintered star-fade, the infinite
silk-water deep. Light drowning, I'm afraid.

Runners up:

David Olsen:

Applied Gemology
The Four Cs

Carat:
The jewel is of good size,
but not ostentatious.

Cut:
The gem is well-proportioned
and of shapely cut,
with external sparkle
and abundant inner fire.

Colour:
Colour varies with ambient light,
often with a trace of blue.

Clarity:
Viewed with the naked eye,
this treasure possesses transparent
perfection, but close scrutiny
after long acquaintance reveals
a tiny heart-shaped inclusion
of unconverted graphitic carbon.

Carolyn Waudby:

Gipsywort

No matter that the sky glowers.
And the sun – in its caravan, curtains drawn.
If I make for the river, I'll find Horehound —
stems silky as my rabbit's foot
tiny white flowers foretellings of snow.

With rocks by the water's edge, I'll grind it
cup the sap in my hands and wash.
My face will turn
as though ripened by long walks.

No-one will know it's been the darkest of summers.
Low pressure, cloudbursts - always mud underfoot
that brings worms to the path in the morning
as I huddle to piss

pyjamas, coat pulled over
sleep-drowned, shivering
cursing

the lank of my hair
the hedges, the mushrooms
the all-of-us.

Di Slaney:

Key

No key for this lock, this
brassknobbed blackened
plate, this door behind a
door which once let out but
now lives in.  Handle slips
her fist, half turns to give
too soon, an empty twist,
no catch, no forwarding or
back, no leaving, no admitting.
This door behind a door stands
out of time, asks if she is sure,
if she accepts a thing that
shouldn't be but is, will only
open when her grip is tight
and dry, burning to let go.

Margo Myers

The Dark Room

preserved

a tender curve of stem and arm

her tulip fringe the flower bed

the crazy paving stones

the park composed to please

reflect the sun

like any other object

but like the moon she dreams

dissolved

each printed piece of her

each glittering trace of

shadowed self unspooled

in interludes of black and white

across the park which lies

silver as a dish of salt

Cinnamon Literature Award

Open to all writers, both debut and established voices, and adjudicated by Jan Fortune, Adam Craig and Tracey Iceton. It’s a great way to get your short story collection, poetry collection or novel seen.

To enter, submit either:

  1. 10 poems, up to 50 lines each; or
  2. 2 short stories, up to 5,000 words each; or
  3. up to the first 10,000 words of your novel (to the nearest sensible cut off point).

Individual poems or stories may have been published online or in magazines, provided the writer retains copyright.

International entrants welcome.

The winning entrant will have their book published by Cinnamon Press.

The entry fee is £16 and the closing date is 31 October, 2020.

We'll look forward to reading your submissions and good luck!

Further Guidelines

  1. Open to all writers, beginners and established.
  2. Credit cards can be used on Paypal without an account or pay by bank transfer in GBP.
  3. Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form below, as single documents in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only.
  4. Please ensure you have up-to-date virus protection before sending any files.
  5. Please include your name and contact details with your submission.
  6. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  7. We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judge's decisions are final.
  8. Results (within 3 months approximately) will be sent individually to the winning writer and two runners-up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter, so do sign up.

 

Cinnamon Literature Award Form


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Poetry Pamphlet Prize

  1. 2 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the two winners.
  2. Open to all poets — beginners and established writers.
  3. The fee is £10. Credit cards can be used on Paypal without an account or pay by bank transfer in GBP.
  4. Deadline: 31 March, 2021.
  5. Submit 15–25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
  6. Individual poems may have been published online or in magazines provided the writer retains copyright.
  7. International entrants welcome.
  8. Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form below, in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only.
  9. Please ensure you have up-to-date virus protection before sending any files.
  10. Do not put any identification on the work. The website will match entries to your email.
  11. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  12. We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judge's decisions are final.
  13. Results (within 3 months approximately) will be sent individually to all winners and runners-up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter.

Past Results

  1. Download the 2020 results
  2. Download the 2019 results
  3. Download the 2018 results
  4. Download the 2017 results
  5. Download the 2016 results
  6. Download the 2015 results

Poetry Pamphlet Prize Entry Form


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Mini 9: Heat

We had a great response to this competition so congratulations to everyone who entered and particularly to those who made the short list. You can read the full adjudication report heat adjudication.doc

The runners up were Jean Harrison with The hills.doc; Anne Thompson with Red Heat.doc and Estill Pollock with Afterimages.doc

The winners were Connie Bott with In the Heat Haze.docx and Derek Sellen with OTHELLO.docx

Mini 7: Very Short Fiction

Congratulations to all those who sent such strong work.

Thanks for well written, intriguing pieces from:

  • Tracey Iceton
  • Mike Greenhough
  • Sylvia Moody
  • Dorelia Josette Evans
  • Viki Birchall
  • Nicola Cunningham
  • Caroline Davies
  • Sarah Bianchi
  • Hannah Radcliffe
  • Dan Worth
  • Sandra Wilson
  • Miki Byrne
  • J Adamthwaite

And special thanks for superb reads from runners up whose work appears below

Jez Noond  VIVA-1

Roanne O’Neil Your pockets_0.5

Julia Bohanna Intent

Paul Blake From Paradise to Taprobane is forty leagues

David Gill ATidiness

Jan FitzGerald Miss Hoffman

And congratulations to the winner, whose work appears below and will be included in the April 2014 anthology.

Mavis Gulliver Just Another Saturday

Mini 6: Concrete Poetry

The ‘concrete poetry’ competition has now ended and congratulations to everyone who sent an entry – this subject sparked some really innovative pieces, so much so that we’re now contemplating a concrete anthology. But in the meantime a special congratulations to those poets whose work stood out in very strong field. Those who deserve a mention are: Lucinda Kowol; Alan Price; Rimas Uzgiris; Barbara Crane and Al McClimens (for Babel, It’s a long way down, Henry & 4-3-1-2); Gabriel Griffin (for Farewell & The Yellow Butterfly) and Desmond Kon (for all four entries) and Phil Madden (for Frozen & Blossom). Runners up (of which there are five because they were so good) are: Al McClimens – a coded love song; Corinna Toop – Lot’s Wife; Wendy Klein – Red Peony; Gabriel Griffin – The Beldowska Desert and Phil Madden – Moon Mole. And two joint winners (because we just couldn’t choose between these wonderful pieces) are: Mavis Gulliver – Island Sky & Phil Madden – Gaggle.

Runners-up:

Phil Madden – Moon Mole

moon mole poster

Al McClimen – a coded love song

a coded love song

Corinna Toop – Lot’s Wife

Microsoft Word – Lots_Wife.doc

Wendy Klein – Red Peony

Microsoft Word – RED PEONY.doc

Gabriel Griffin – Bledowska Desert

Microsoft Word – BLEDOWSKA DESERT 16 Concrete.doc

Winners:

Phil Madden – Gaggle

gaggle

Mavis Gulliver – Island Sky

Microsoft Word – Island Sky concrete poem B.doc