Thursday, February 20, 2014

SHARON BLACK, CLARE MARSH WIN SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY & SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS 2013

We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competitions 2013 judged by Roger Elkin and David Caddy respectively.

 

We shall be contacting the winners within the next 7 days to officially notify them of their achievements and to obtain permissions to publish their work in Country LifeThe Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competitions 2013 Winners Anthology.

 

POETRY

First Prize: Green Sun – Sharon Black

Second Prize: My Last Duchess – Caron Freeborn

Third Prize: October Web – Philip Williams

For the full results of the poetry competition and the judge’s report click here.

 

SHORT STORIES

First Prize: Country Life – Clare Marsh

Second Prize: Fred’s Fish ‘n Chips – Mairi Wilson

Third Prize: The ‘Cuckoo of Awareness’ – Andrew Brush

For the full results of the short story competition and the judge’s report click here

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Threat of Sweet Peas by Robin Muers

The threat of sweet peas: a questioning exploration about evolution, and the nature of man from close observation of sweet peas, whose “flutterings” become “butterflies, / debutantes with untried wings / too scared to launch”. Changing to “lifeboat pods”, that “start flying”, “Perhaps their eggs take root”. The descriptions are exquisitely delicate; and the range of imagination and philosophising as disturbing and intriguing as the poem’s startling title suggests.

The Threat of Sweet Peas was commended in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2012. The poem appears in The Genesis of Falcon – the competition winners anthology.

THE GENESIS OF FALCON  is available here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TV goes dry just before Christmas

I am struggling to find something interesting to fill out my small TV time over Christmas. In the past week the three programmes I have thoroughly enjoyed over the past few months have suddenly ended their seasons’ runs.

REVOLUTION: Season 2 of Revolution – the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series that began with a mysterious blackout maintained the drama, mystery and unpredictability of the first season. This time the nanotechs are alive and kicking and burning Aaron Pittman’s enemies. Miles Matheson, Charlie Matheson and Munroe get to fight on the same side. At the end of this season the nanos leave Pittman and I hope not for good.  The battle for America will continue, but who will inherit the land? It is really not clear who is for or against America. The Patriots are a bunch of homicidal beasts. I just can’t wait for the return of this excellent series in March 2014 so they can sort of some of the conflicts raised..

SLEEPY HOLLOW: From the moment Ichabod Crane work up from his over two centuries’ rest I knew this was going to be something else and Sleepy Hollow did not disappoint with its beautiful mix of comedy, horror, mystery, history and myth. I am a sucker for this kind of story and love it when good triumphs over evil, and there is a lot of evil to overcome in Sleepy Hollow.

GRACELAND: In this series that sees law enforcement agents from various agencies housed in a beach house is full of twists, and subterfuge. Straight out of Quantico Mike is planted in Graceland to investigate Paul Briggs who is suspected to be a dirty agent breaking all the rules and in fact for killing fellow agents in an earlier house. At the end of this tense and violent season, Paul Briggs as dirty as dirty can be is made temporarily righteous and Mike goes to DC. Graceland is not burnt and will return in twenty fourteen. I suspect Mike will return to Graceland and Odin will be unmasked. I can’t wait.

Now you know the kind of stuff I enjoy, why not suggest something I can watch this season.

Merry Christmas

Nnorom

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

SENTINEL PUBLICATIONS ACTION FOCUS TIME

We have put aside everything else to focus the next seven days on Sentinel publications. Our scheduling has been a right mess lately to be quite honest. Therefore over the next 7 days, we will be working with our distributors to ensure that all books and magazines ordered are on their way to the buyers. We shall also be pushing our Christmas special offers.

 

We are truly humbled by the fact that despite the delay in publishing Sentinel Literary Quarterly, subscriptions have continued to come in from the UK, the United States and especially South Africa. We can't let down such faith people have in Sentinel. We appreciate the overwhelming support we have continued to receive.

 

So far today we have dispatched many copies of "The Genesis of Falcon", "First Flame" - the short fiction collection by Bruce Harris, and various back issues of Sentinel Literary Quarterly, and Sentinel Champions. If you are waiting for your order, we will get to it inside this focus week and dispatch it.

 

If you have any queries please shoot them in. We can guarantee a reply within 24 hours - not the 72 hours our mail confirmation says.

 

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All the best

Nnorom Azuonye

Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company Ltd

Monday, November 18, 2013

ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY & SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS 2013

Closing date: 30th November 2013

 

These competitions are for original, previously unpublished poems and short stories in English Language, in any style, up to 50 lines long (poems) or 2000 words long (stories). Writers of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

 

Prizes in each category: £500 (First), £250 (Second), £125 (Third) and £25 x 5 (High Commendation)

 

Judges: Roger Elkin (Poetry), David Caddy (Fiction)

 

Have you written a winning poem or story that can take one of the prizes in the £2000 prize pot?  Enter it today online or download an Entry Form at www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc  

 

The Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition is now in its 4th year, the short story competition in its 2nd year. For information on fees, terms and conditions visit the web pages of the Sentinel Annual Writing Competitions (SAWC) www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc

 

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