Contest logo by Sarah Mushong
For the last couple of years, Structo’s poetry editor Matthew Landrum has run a Lenten Psalm contest over on his blog. This year we’re running it together, and in addition to Matthew’s excellent US$200 first prize, we will be publishing the chosen poem in Structo issue 12 and giving the winning poet a two-year subscription to the magazine.
The idea is that you pick any biblical Psalm and create your own version in English. There’s no wrong way to go about approaching a Psalm, but the end result should be a poem that combines the soul of the original with your own personality as well as poetic and personal vision. Feel free to mangle, tangle, make strange, reverse and experiment. The goal is to make strong poetry, whatever form that takes.
You don’t need to have any knowledge of Hebrew, and no religious affiliation is necessary. This is a chance to engage and wrestle with ancient, beautiful, complex poetry. The 150 poems which make up the Psalms contain some beautiful language and imagery—there’s a reason they’re quoted so much in literature—and this is your chance to make that language your own.
Entries will be judged by panel on originality, musicality, accuracy (to the psalm’s spirit) and aesthetic. Submissions are open from Ash Wednesday to midnight GMT on Easter Sunday, which this year is on April 20th.
Send us your poems using using this link. There is no entry fee.
To give you an idea of the breadth of poetry that’s possible, head below the fold to read last year’s winner, To the Pilot Bridegroom, by Jen Hinst-White. Continue reading
Photo (CC BY): Magdalena Roeseler
We are now accepting submissions of short stories and poetry for Structo issue 12. It doesn’t seem five minutes since the last one, but we seem to be a bit more organised this time around, as we have already conducted the interview for this new issue – with the novelist and poet Margaret Atwood.
The deadline is midnight GMT in the evening of Monday April 7th. For more information and for our submission guidelines, head over to our website, where you can also find the link to send in your work. Can’t wait to see what comes in this time around.
After a fun launch party in Oxford, Structo issue 11 is now available to order! It will be available from our stockists on the weekend of February 1st.
Issue 11 is our largest ever, and features 11 short stories, 12 (or 16, depending on how you count) poems, two essay features, and an interview with First Story‘s co-founder Katie Waldegrave.
Several of the poems are in translation, from the Gaelic, Irish, Classical Chinese and Jèrriais.
One of the essays is our regular Incidental column, and the other is a profile of the Surrealist painter and author Leonora Carrington. She had an interesting life.
We’re very proud of this issue. I hope you like it as much as we do.
Tomorrow night from 6pm we will be celebrating the publication of Structo issue 11 at one of our very favourite bookshops: The Albion Beatnik in Oxford.
If you’ve followed our exploits for a while, you might remember we had our issue nine party there, and you will already know why we’re going back.
Expect a pile of magazines, some short readings by some ace writers, wine and/or tea, and cake. Confirmed readings by issue 11 short story writers Melanie Whipman
and Tara Isabella Burton, and by the Oxford poets Nikul Patel, April Pierce and Leo Mercer.
It’s going to be fun. Hope you can join us! Facebook event page here.
Update: Sadly Tara can’t make tonight, due to being on the wrong side of the Atlantic, but we have some exciting Oxford poets making up the ranks!
Issue 10 has just been released online to read for free, and to celebrate we are running a competition to win a copy of Evie Wyld latest book, All the Birds, Singing, as well as one of the first ever Structo tote bags. The bags won’t even be available to buy until the new year. Exclusive I tell you.
All the Birds, Singing is a remarkable book, and if you want to get a taste of what to expect you can read our interview with Wyld in the newly released issue here.
To enter the competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Evie Wyld competition’ in the subject line and your name and address in the body text. The draw closes at midnight on December 31st. We’ll choose somebody at random from the entries on January 1st and let you know if you’ve won soon after.
Rules/notes: The draw closes at midnight GMT on December 31st; UK addresses only please; we won’t use your email address for anything else (unless you’d like to be added to our mailing list, in which case let us know in the email).
Update 1/1: The book and tote bag have now been won – congratulations to the winner!
An early Christmas present: the online version of Structo issue 10!
Click on the preview above, or head on over to Issuu, to read the issue for free and in its entirety. It features 10 short stories, 10 poems, two interviews (author Evie Wyld and poet/translator/author/editor David Constantine) and an essay about hereditary book addiction. It’s a great issue, even if we say it ourselves.
There are also a few print copies around if you would like to read it on paper.
Happy Christmas on behalf of the entire Structo team.