Sentinel Literary Quarterly

The Magazine of World Literature. ISSN 1753-6499 (Online)




Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

(January 2012)


Closing Date extended to: 20-Jan-2012


Competition Details

Poems may be on any subject or style and MUST NOT have been previously published, or posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poems must also not be under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Length: Maximum 50 lines per poem

Entry Fees: £3.00 for 1 poem, £12.00 for 5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the appropriate fees.

Prizes: First: £150.00, Second: £75.00, Third: £50.00, Highly Commended: £10 x 3.

First Publication: The three winning poems, three highly commended poems, plus nine other poems (15 poems in total) will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions magazine in print and eBook in August 2012.


Results due: 20th February, 2012 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine online at:


Competition Administration: Sentinel Poetry Movement



Enter online or by post


derek adams

Derek Adams, judge of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2010) returns to judge the January 2012 competition.


He is a poet, photographer and writer of short stories. Author of Unconcerned but not Indifferent - the life of Man Ray (2006), Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks (2005) and Postcards to Olympus (2004), Derek was named the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year (2006). He is the Co-ordinator of the Essex Poetry Festival.

Online Entries

Postal Entries


International/Online entrants may enter by e-mail and pay entry fees securely by Paypal. To enter by this method please follow these steps:

  1. Select the option that matches your entry preference from the paypal drop-down button below and make the applicable payment.
    After making your payment, you will be given a Transaction ID or Receipt Number by Paypal. Make a note of the Transaction ID.

  2. Submit your poems and a cover note with your Name, E-mail Address, Postal Address, Telephone Number and Titles of your poems to: as a Word or rtf attachment. In the subject line, type SLQ POETRY JAN 2012 Followed by your Transaction ID. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of poems within 48 hours.


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To enter by post, Download Entry Form Here:

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Submit your poems with a Typed Cover Note titled

SLQ POETRY JAN 2012 The cover note should include your Name, E-mail Address, Postal Address, Telephone Number and Titles of your poems

Send the Entry Form or Cover Note together with your poems and the applicable fees (GB£ cheques or postal orders only) payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:

Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113 – 115 George Lane
E18 1AB
United Kingdom

Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy:

  1. You may enter as many poems as you wish with the applicable entry fees.

  2. If you win one of the prizes in this quarter’s competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next quarter’s competition.

  3. Judges read the poems without any indication of the identity of the authors. If the same poet wins more than one prize, in the interest of fairness we WILL award it.

  4. The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into.

  5. If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.

  6. We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an alternative to cancellation of the competition.

  7. If you would like an acknowledgement of postal entries, please enclose an SAE marked “acknowledgement”.

  8. The Judge’s Report will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly on 20th February, 2012. This publication is online, at if you would like to receive the Judges’ Report in the post, please enclose an SAE marked “Judges’ Report SLQ Poetry January 2012”.

  9. All prizewinners will be notified by post or e-mail within 7 days of the announcement of the results. These notifications will be accompanied with a prize claim invoice.

  10. By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail address which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection act 1998. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.

  11. By entering this competition you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter with the results of the competition, the adjudicator’s reports and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

  12. *Online entries must be received by midnight on the 20th January 2012. Postal entries must be post-marked by 20th January, 2012. E&OE | SLQ



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