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Our TINY PRIZE WINNER for March 2023,
writing about the theme WIND, is George Colkitto
He is the happy winner of the princely sum of £5!
Here is his poem, A Widow’s Wind


the wind is in an evil mood

it hunts along the darkened streets

and fingers claw at coat and hood

an ill-dressed reveller retreats

but drafts still slip the quick-shut door

creep in to stab and numb with cold

and death is near. The Old deplore

the dismal night where fear enfolds

they huddle down and whisper death

is howling when it takes a life

this is a widow’s wind with breath

as sharp as any butcher’s knife

City of Poets offers the monthly TINY PRIZE to any poet registered on our website. Entry is free.

The prize is worth £5, and one could be forgiven for thinking it's not worth it. It is...

• a poet is recognised • winning can go on a CV • £5 still just about buys a drink •

• it adds to a local buzz about poetry 12 times a year•

• your work is shared across our social media platforms and City of Poets community •

Themes are:

November - Autumn • December - Light • January - Rest

February - Winter • March - Wind • April - Water

May - Spring • June - renewal • July - Family

August - Summer • September - Change • October - Eternity

Submissions must be by email only, and only from poets registered with City of Poets. Please put in the subject line: "TINY PRIZE - xyz month - xyz theme"

Submit 18 lines or fewer within the body of the email - no attachments. Closing date for submissions is the 15th of each preceding month -

for example, to submit for May - Spring,• please ensure that we receive it by 15 April.

Submission, results will be notified on the last day of the month preceding publication. Publication will be on or before the 1st of the following

month to which the submission's theme refers. £5 prize will be credited to the PayPal account of your choosing by the 15th of the month of publication..


regrettably, shortage of time does not permit us to enter into correspondence about the results of the TINY PRIZES

Three poets,
Joe Murray, Laurie Goldie , and James King 
were selected for the 2023 BURNS NIGHT SUPPER programme
for Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish parliamentary constituency on the theme
of Scottish nationhood. Here are their poems:
843 by Joe MurrayA Manifesto for Independence by Laurie Goldie
Bodhrans' Braw Beat by James King
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