The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest series started in Autumn 2017 and is now in its fourth round. The raison d’être for the series was to discover exciting talent in the poetry world. The contest gives established & emerging poets the opportunity to get their work in front of a well known poet and have it judged by a credible authority. To date we have had Michael Blackburn, Kevin Higgins and for our last round Vivien Jones. We are very excited to have the wonderful Helen Mort judging this round of the contest.
Blue Nib Poetry Editor: Shirley Bell
Shirley Bell joined The Blue Nib in summer 2017 and has since then filled the position of Editor In Chief.
Shirley is a widely published and anthologised poet. Her poetry is archived in the Special Collection in the University of Lincoln’s Library and, as a result, she has collected together all her published poetry from 1982 to early 2016 in her book, Dark is a Way and Light is a Place. The Wide Skirt published her pamphlet Hanging Windows on the Dark. She was Literature Consultant for Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts and edited their magazine, Proof.