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Our TINY PRIZE WINNER for October 2023,
writing about the theme ETERNITY, is
Matthew Keeley 

As we had no entries for September,
too many distractions  probably with Festival and Science prizes all due in the same month,
our August winner, Keeks Mc, and now our October winner, each enjoy a longer spot on this page.

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Matthew is the happy winner of the princely sum of £5!
Here is his poem, More.

Before, you visited and were visited.
You lived between walls, a roof, a floor.
I could see you, then not see you,
and heard you for hours on the phone.
But even hours finish.
They had their space in my life
among useless things.

Now you are ubiquitous;
the irony of your absence.
You live beyond calendar squares
and you are here outside of hours that finish,
in my head any time,
between the walls of my house and your house.
You go anywhere without cars you drove slowly,
and planes you didn’t like.

You are a constant unfinished task;
an unhideable scar or a hand sliced off.
I will never not miss you but you are here more.

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 for 2023 are:

January - Rest • February - WinterMarch - WindApril - Water

May - SpringJune - RenewalJuly - Family • August - Summer

September - ChangeOctober - EternityNovember - SacrificeDecember - Home

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..

the City of Poets judges, 2023/2024, areTINY PRIZE winners Adam Burnel and Nicola Kirk, and poet and editor, Jacqueline A. Smith

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

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