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Our TINY PRIZE WINNER for February 2024,
writing about the theme REDEMPTION, is
Anne Sikking 

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Anne is the happy winner of the princely sum of £5!
Here is the poem, 


Who of us will be redeemed?

Saved by ourselves from what we've dreamed?

Or, saved by others who may have seemed

cruel at the time...


Redemption needs a long long arc

to wrap its ointment around this heart,

to wash out the stains that from the start

were bequeathed.


No more masquerading, no absolution-chat

nor self-congealed mirage like that.

Instead, take me, as I am, to combat

the past's leavings.


There without rod, staff, or redemption,

there I enter my holy fifth dimension,

break history's fourth wall of tension

and face them down.


We cannot clear or reclaim anything without a name.

Redemption, I fear is the same, a shadow, fleeting shot of shame.

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 2024 are:

January - Transformation • February - Redemption March - BeginningsApril - Thrust

May - ColourJune - MidpointsJuly - Nurture • August - Pride

September - Earth October - Justice • November - tbcDecember - tbc

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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