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Tiny Prize

Our winner for June 2024,
writing about the theme MID-POINT, is

this month's winner
Ruth Reid is the happy winner of the princely sum of £5!
Here is the poem, 



Midlife Drive 


Bite down hard. Let the teeth catch in the gears- find the fulcrum, the crux of life. Is this moment only half way through? Catch a breath, before last breath catches your throat!

Latch on to the catcall thought-that fifty five might be half - and not three fourths of all.

It’s a hill start -and what grinds my gears is knowing there’s no head start for the sum of all fears.

Get in the car and drive, this trip’s the real deal. Time’s not on your side. So accelerate and wish -

get in the red corvette, the black magic leather lightning, the midlife midnight road train- relax.

Enjoy the ride …

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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