New Poetry Column and Competition from Sharon Tregenza




            Poems that tell a story are always popular and poems involving fantasy, even more so. Write a funny poem about an imaginary thing or place and you’ve got yourself a real winner. Elves, Giants, Trolls, Orcs, Vampires, monsters of all shapes and sizes. Lots of material to draw on there and the list is as endless as your imagination. Magical stuff.

Imagine that you open your cupboard to get out a game or something and…


A little man is sitting there,

no bigger than your thumb.

He looks at you, you look at him,

the shock had struck you dumb.


A little puff of purple smoke

and he has disappeared.

All you can remember

is his little silver beard.


You’d like to see that man again,

So leave some chewing gum:

some cheese and chocolate, pop

and pie. I hope that he will come.


            To help you get started try giving odds answers to serious questions.

What is it that your parents ask you every day? Yep, you’ve got it. ‘How was school today?’ and every day you mumble. ‘It was Okay.’

Now let’s liven that exchange up with some fantasy.

Here’s the scene; you’ve come home tired and with a bag full of homework. You’d like nothing better than to collapse in front of the TV and your Mother says ‘How was school today?’

You hesitate for a minute, and then answer with something like:


I was late because a jelly fish

stole my P E kit.

He grabbed it from my school bag

and ran away with it.

Our art teacher was late for class

and so we had a bear,

Who read us silly stories

from a candy, rocking chair.

Lunch was snails in chocolate sauce

with crayons for dessert.

That’s why there’s multi-coloured stains

all down my clean white shirt.

Geography was best of all

we flew to Sante Fe

and danced in sunshine, on the streets.

So, just a normal day!


            Let your imagination take you for a ride. You can go anywhere, do anything, see anyone you like. Bon Voyage!

            Why not enter our poetry competition and win a copy of Sharon Tregenza’s latest mystery “The Jewelled Jaguar”.

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  1. All entries are judged anonymously, and the authors name must not appear on the poem itself. Please state your age on the first page.
  2. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 500 words in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.
  3. All entrants must not have exceeded 18 years of age by 1st August 2018
  4. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  5. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition.
  6. Handwritten & postal entries cannot be accepted. Entries can only be accepted by email. They should be sent as an attachment in Microsoft word 12pt. and double spaced.
  7. Entries must be written in English.
  8. The winner who provides a valid email address will be notified about the outcome of their entry by the end of July 2018.
  9. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, the author of the winning poem, by entering the competition, grant the Young Writers Newsletter and Sharon Tregenza the right to publish and/or broadcast their short story. Use of the poem elsewhere for one year from 1st July 2018 is subject to permission from The Young Writers Newsletter.
  10. No correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The Judges decision is final.
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