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THE PUSHCART PRIZE Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Help us to choose 6 out of the 27 listed poems From the hundreds of poems published by us in the current year we have attempted to select just six to be our nominations for this years Pushcart Prize. We failed dismally, only managing to get it down …

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Pushcart Prize Nominations 2018

THE PUSHCART PRIZE Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Help us to choose 6 out of the 27 listed poems From the hundreds of poems published by us in the current year we have attempted to select just six to be our nominations for this years Pushcart Prize. We failed dismally, only managing to get it down …

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Announcing The Blue Nib Omnibus Contest for Short Fiction

Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Announcing The Blue Nib Omnibus Contest: For Short Fiction This is a new contest for short fiction writers that hopes to emulate the success of the Chapbook Series for poets. The requirement is a single entry of 2500 to 3000 words with the top 11 entries chosen by judge Imogen Gladman.  …

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Reviews Editor

Jane Simmons appointed Reviews Editor We are delighted to welcome our new Reviews  Editor, Jane Simmons, onto our team. Jane has contributed numerous fine reviews to the Blue Nib over the months and has proved herself to be a knowledgeable and skilful reviewer.Jane will be a real asset to The Blue Nib. She is a former teacher/lecturer …

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Helen Mort to judge Chapbook Contest 4.

The Blue Nib are delighted to announce that the multiple award winning poet Helen Mort will judge round four of The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest. Details of the contest will be published in our first print issue out on 15th of September and on site on the same day.  About Helen.Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. …

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Great News For Our Winners.

The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 has jumped a place in the UK Chapbook Charts  and is now listed at No 2.  The book features the work of our Winter Chapbook Contest winners, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow. The Contest was judged by Irish poet Kevin Higgins. The book can be purchased in the Book Shop and …

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Emma Lee joins our review panel.

Emma Lee joins our Review Panel. The Blue Nib are delighted to have Emma Lee join our team of regular reviewers. Emma is a regular reviewer for The High Window Journal, The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage Reviews.She co-edited “Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge,” (Five Leaves, UK, 2015). Her most recent collection is …

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The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 at No3 in The UK Chapbook Charts.

The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 is listed at No 3 in the UK Chapbook Charts once again proving the relevance of this contest to emerging poets. The book features the work of our Winter Chapbook Contest winners, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow. The Contest was judged by Irish poet Kevin Higgins. Details of Chapbook …

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Appointment of our new Fiction Editor

New Fiction Editor At The Blue Nib. We are delighted to welcome our new Fiction Editor, Imogen Gladman, onto our team.Imogen is a knowledgeable editor with 20 years of professional experience. She has expertise and qualifications in the fields of literary fiction, French literature and culture, classical studies, history of art and linguistics amongst others.London …

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Its Here! Chapbook 2

It is our great pleasure to be releasing this today, Chapbook 2, featuring the work of our three prize winners chosen by Irish poet, Kevin Higgins. The thrill in publishing this work is all the more for us, as each of the winners is a debutante. We give you the work of Anne Walsh Donnelly, …

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New Release: The Still Room by Shirley Bell

The Still Room, -Shirley Bell

New Release: The Still Room by Shirley BellThe second of our books released in this our final online only issue. This is a collection by Shirley Bell which I had the great pleasure of selecting.I first encountered Shirley in the summer of 2017 when she submitted work to our then fledgling magazine. I was impressed …

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Blue Nib Chapbook Contest Winner in the News This week

The wonderful Anne Walsh Donnelly, winner of our 2017/2018 Winter/Spring chapbook contest has added another notch to her belt with her work featuring in the Irish times list Hennessy New Irish Writing: July’s winning poems. Well done to Anne. The Blue Nib are so proud to have been among the first to feature Anne’s work …

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Blue Nib in Top 10 Literary Magazines

The Blue nib were both surprised and delighted to learn today that we have been selected by Feedspot as one of the top 10 Literary magazines to read in 2018. Thank you to all our contributors and readers.

Success in the Saboteur Awards

The Blue Nib are delighted to learn that we have made it to the long list for this years Saboteur Awards. Though we didn’t succeed in making the shortlist this time around, we are more than happy that we made it into the top ten and look forward to building on this success in years …

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Blue Nib Chapbook 1 is No10 in UK Chapbook Chart

The Blue Nib Chapbook 1 has been listed in the Official UK Chapbook Chart in its first week in print. Chapbook 1 showcases the prize winning entries to our first Chapbook Contest, The Summer/Autumn Chapbook Contest, 2017, judged by poet, lecturer and fellow of the RSA  Michael Blackburn. The Chapbook is the combined work of …

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Guest Judge Announced For Chapbook Contest II

The Blue Nib confirmed today that Kevin Higgins has signed on as guest judge for the second round of our Chapbook Contest series. We are once again delighted to have a high profile poet to select the winners and believe that this greatly enhances the contest relevance.  Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary …

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Michael Blackburn Announced as Judge for Chapbook Contest I

Michael Black burn was announced today as the judge of the first in our series of chapbook contests. From 1976 to 1978 Blackburn was an editor on Poetry & Audience, the poetry magazine produced by The School of English at the University of Leeds. Together with the American poet, Michael Coffey, he edited a special translations issue. During the early-to-mid-1980s …

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Announcing the Summer/Autumn 2017 Chapbook contest.

The Blue Nib have announced its first contest today. The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest is intended to be the first in a series of contests that features high profile guest judges. “As organisers we believe that this format makes the contest much more relevant to established and emerging poets than if we as editors where …

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