Quarter Days/Cross Quarter Days

This year, we are holding a series of competitions throughout the year on the following themes:

  1. Imbolc
  2. Vernal Equinox
  3. Beltane
  4. Midsummer
  5. Lammas
  6. Autumnal Equinox
  7. Samhain
  8. Midwinter/Yule


We are looking for highly taut, compressed pieces of poetry in very short form:

  • this might be a haiku; or
  • simply a short lyric piece; or
  • a short prose poem.

entries should be

  1. no more than 60 words;
  2. a maximum of 15 lines (including title and stanza break); and
  3. if it is lineated, no more than six words on a line.


£4 per entry


This series of mini-competitions will throughout 2017, with rolling deadlines for each theme/period of the year:

  1. Imbolc — 15 March, 2017
  2. Vernal Equinox — 15 April, 2017
  3. Beltane — 31 May, 2017
  4. Midsummer — 30 July, 2017
  5. Lammas — 15 September, 2017
  6. Autumnal Equinox — 31 October, 2017
  7. Samhain — 30 November, 2017
  8. Midwinter/Yule — 15 January, 2018

You may enter one mini-competition, or as many as you like, and multiple entries for each competition are welcome.


We will be selecting between around 20 pieces for publication in a limited edition, beautifully designed pamphlet, with soft touch covers and end papers. Winners will receive a complimentary copy of the pamphlet.

And the overall winner of the series first prize will receive a hand-made writing journal.

You can download a full set of these guidelines.

Past Results & Winners

  1. Utopia of mini-competition won by Ama Bolton's 'Elsewhere'.
  2. Taste of mini-competition won by Mair de Gare Pitt's 'Dust'.

Further Guidelines

  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Please add your name and a contact email to each submitted piece of work.
  • Entries must be sent online, using the form below. All submitted work should be in .docx, .doc, or .rtf file formats.
  • Entry is £4 per entry or £10 for 3 entries.
  • Payments can be made using PayPal from each individual competition page.
  • Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.


For Cinnamon Press mini-competitions:
Contact Cinnamon Press
For Liquorice Fish Books mini-competitions:
Contact Liquorice Fish Books

Mini-competition Entry Form

You can send up to four entries using the form below. If you wish to make further entries, please continue in a new transaction.
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