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The Annual ǀ 2017

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THE ANNUAL 2017 WINNER ǀ Sentimentalism by Zoe Andrews

Her Heart Poetry is pleased to present the winning entry for our inaugural International micropoetry competition, THE ANNUAL. This work traverses the minutiae of a relationship that leave a lasting taste in the mouth, long after love has gone. A delicate, clever and new perspective on a timeless theme. Congratulations Zoe! Sentimentalism Save the cork, and capture the midnight moonlight in the empty bottle. Frame the photo, the one with his arm around you and stars in your eyes. Make a catalogue of everything he’s left at your place: One glove, half a carton of leftover fried rice, and a toothbrush. Dry the flower petals between the pages of old books. Keep the ticket stubs, the melted ends of candles, the restaurant matchboxes. Create a map from his freckles and laugh lines, his scars and the curvature of his spine. Be its faithful cartographer. Dust off the souvenirs of old…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Selected Works for the Forthcoming Anthology

Judged by J. M. Storm J. M. Storm ǀ @jmstormquotes  and Her Heart Poetry are pleased to confirm the final selections for the forthcoming anthology, THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017. The standard of work was very high and the final selections range across a wide variety of topics. Some have taken on a traditional form, while others move around the page, mix long lines with short and insist that readers pay attention to their rhymes and silences. All embrace the contemporary notion of brevity and clarity, and all present a modern voice. A voice for the now. We are sure that this anthology, which will be available in October 2017, will be a welcome addition to any poetry lover’s home. The winning entry, Sentimentalism by Zoe Andrews, can be viewed in full here. Selected Works Amy Lundquist ǀ Swoon Andi Dobek ǀ Social Media Andreea Maria Irimia ǀ Smoke Ashley Adams ǀ Our Shaping ǀ London…

Extended Until the End of the Day

There has been some confusion surrounding the closing date of THE ANNUAL. We are based in New Zealand and are therefore ahead of many other parts of the world. To account for this, we have made an extension to the competition until 11.59pm, 1 May, 2017, to allow those in other parts of the world to have the full submission time. Please contact us if you have any additional questions. Information for Entrants The competition opens 1 February 2017 and closes on 30 April 2017. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology in addition to the cash prize. In addition, up to 60 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy form. The winning entry…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Final Days

Information for Entrants The competition opens 1 February 2017 and closes on 30 April 2017. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology in addition to the cash prize. In addition, up to 60 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy form. The winning entry and highly commended entries will also be published on herheartpoetry.com and on the Her Heart Poetry Instagram community account. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, previously unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere.  Poems must be no more than 14 lines in length and entrants should ensure that the entry can fit on a single square Instagram post without the need for the caption. Entries must be typed, double-spaced,…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Become a Published Poet

Information for Entrants The competition opens 1 February 2017 and closes on 30 April 2017. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology in addition to the cash prize. In addition, up to 60 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy form. The winning entry and highly commended entries will also be published on herheartpoetry.com and on the Her Heart Poetry Instagram community account. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, previously unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere.  Poems must be no more than 14 lines in length and entrants should ensure that the entry can fit on a single square Instagram post without the need for the caption. Entries must be typed, double-spaced,…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Judging Criteria

In 2017, Her Heart Poetry is fortunate to have, J. M. Storm ǀ @jmstormquotes, as Head Judge for the inaugural Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize.  Mr Storm will make the final decision on the winner and those deemed to be Highly Commended and eligible for publication in the THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology. Below, we introduce our Head Judge and give an overview of the judging criteria. A word with J. M. Storm, I was born in the south and I grew up being a hands on guy. Whether it was taking something apart to hear it whisper the secrets of how it worked, to all night fishing trips with my brother and friends. There were dares and there were test, like boys did back then. So eager to be a man. So eager to prove it. So needing to believe it. But through it all, it always seemed that I felt…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Frequently Asked Questions

Is this open to people from [insert country here]? Yes, yes, yes!  This is an International poetry competition and all are welcome to enter.  Payment will be made to the winner via PayPal and copies of the anthology sent via international post, so borders are no barrier to entry. Is there a theme? We have not set a specific theme. We are looking for your best short work poem/micropoem. Works should be written in this spirit. I’ve already posted the poem to my Instagram account, can I still enter it? If you have only posted it to your own Instagram account then we consider this to be ‘unpublished’ and you are able to enter it. However, if it has been reposted or featured by another account (e.g: Words with Queens, Words with Kings, Open Letters That Matter, Illogical Poem World, By Me Poetry, Poetry Hive, Creative Coeterie etc) or had…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize

Judged by J. M. Storm J. M. Storm ǀ @jmstormquotes a native of the south of the USA, is a popular Instagram wordsmith who has amassed over 250,000 followers.  His micropoems, which draw deeply on his feelings and experiences of love, have garnered wide social media attention and Jon’s work is a staple of this social media platform.  Jon is currently finalising his first anthology, which is due for publication in 2017. Information for Entrants The competition opens 1 February 2017 and closes on 30 April 2017. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology in addition to the cash prize. In addition, up to 60 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2017 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy form. The winning entry…