The 1st Playing Bingo Poetry Competition
Bingo is already rich in tradition when it comes to poetry, with its rhyming number names and the verse-like cadences of the bingo caller in full flow. However, our Poetry part of the Creative Corner is currently looking a bit thin on the ground when it comes to bingo poems.
That's just not good enough, and we'd like to change that and make it full to bursting with loads of poetry on the subject of our favourite game.
That's why we've launched the 1st Playing Bingo Poetry Competition, to give you the chance to win some nice prizes and us the chance to fill our poetry section with your work for all to enjoy.
Playing Bingo would like to thank all the entrants to the competition. 115 poems qualified for entry, which was whittled down to a short-list of 20 poems for final judging by the poet Fawzia Kane. The final results are in, and we're pleased to announce the winners.
Also, all the winners and shortlisted entries were included in our book The 1st PlayingBingo.co.uk Anthology Of Bingo, along with a selection of photographs we commissioned for the site.
You can by your own hard copy of the book here.
If you'd like to get the Kindle version, it's available here.
- 1st place: Simon French - Winter's Lucky Lady - £150 winner.
- 2nd place: Sadie Few - Bingo Wings - £100 winner.
- 3rd place: Michael Harrup - Bingo - £50 winner.
Shortlisted And Commended By The Judge
Our judge Fawzia Kane had this to say about the entries.
"The shortlisted anonymous selection I was given was of an incredibly high standard, and this was a difficult task. Some great poems were just pipped, reluctantly. Most incorporated the familiar bingo calls, in smooth and clever ways. There was even a tribute to the mathematician Carl Leffler.
The commended poem "Bingo Night" was different from the others, as it considered, with compassion, the bread and circuses aspect in our bingo-addicted social lives.
Many poems described romantic crushes on the bingo callers themselves (should the admin people of Playing Bingo be worried?) and the other commended poem "L-The Prize" was one of the wittiest.
The community and sociable side of bingo was captured in several of the selected pieces, and the 3rd placed "Bingo" was a sad yet sweet celebration of a beloved granddad who "always loved to play".
The difference in the generations who appreciate bingo was also explored. In 2nd place, the young narrator in "Bingo Wings" won me over with her funny and skilful build-up of the novice's tension and "need to win those sausage rolls", held against "Nan and her crew's" calm experience.
But the winner "Winter's Lucky Lady" stood out as a beautiful and filmic piece of writing, which worked both on the page and when read aloud. The language is sparse, yet we pick up a lot more of the poem's character Vera and her environment than what was spelled out. Each verse reads as a short scene where the images moved the narrative along. The words "cathedral of numbers" is one of the best descriptions of Bingo I've ever seen."
The below poems also made the final judging shortlist, as choosen by our panel of judges here at Playing Bingo.
- Nyle Holihan - Non Repeating Number Groupings
- Karen Payze - The Bingo Call
- Marion Clarke - So Long And Thanks For All The Ducks
- Carole Brown - Bingo Lingo
- Claire Goddard - House
- Tracey West - Our Number is Up
- Rachel Ives - The Oldest Bingo Caller
- Denise Watson - It's All To Do With Numbers
- Steve Pinkney - Dirty Gertie Was Sweet Sixteen
- Vivien Hampshire - Two Fat Ladies
- Hazel Humphreys - Top Of The Shop
- Philip Stone - The Last Bingo Before Christmas
- Mark A. Jones - Annie's Game
- Joy France - Full House
- Stephanie Pemberton - My Card, My Numbers, My Life
Over the coming months we'll be adding all the eligible entrants to the competition in the Creative Corner poetry section dedicated to this competition. What's more, all winners and shortlisted entrants will feature in an anthology we're creating, dedicated to the game of bingo. Keep your eyes peeled for more details as time goes on...
Competition Entry Details (Now Closed)
Please note: The competition is now closed, details are here for reference only..
Fancy entering? The competition is open to residents of the UK, and here's all the details you need to enter. Please read the terms and conditions thoroughly, to ensure your eligibility to enter the competition and win one of the prizes on offer.
On offer are the following prizes for the winning entrants:
- 1st Place - £150
- 2nd Place - £100
- 3rd Place - £50
- All entered poetry will be featured on this site in the Creative Corner Poetry section.
The theme for the poetry is "Bingo".
What you choose to write about is up to you, as long as it is bingo related. It could be a humorous piece, a romantic piece, an emotional response to the act of playing bingo, or whatever comes to mind. It could be about the game itself, the people playing it, the places it's played, the paraphernalia or whatever, as long as it has a link to the game in all its forms.
We're not looking for a particular type of poetry either, it could be a ballad, an ode, whatever suits your writing and compositional style.
The minimum length for the poem is 10 lines or 200 words, the maximum length is 40 lines or 1000 words.
All entries must be in English.
Judging will be done by the editorial team of Playing Bingo, a number of whom are published writers and final judging will be decided by our guest judge Fawzia Kane, who's current collection is available via the Waterloo Press.
There are no fees as the competition is free to enter (1 entry per person) - but please note we will publish all poems entered on the site. Also, if you have a blog or a website we love you to share a link* to the competition for other budding poets (*completely optional!)
All entries must be original and unpublished (in print, digitally or on the web.) All entries whether winning or not will be published on the Playing Bingo website.
Competition Closing Date
The final date for entries is the 31st of October 2013.
Submitting Your Entry
Please make sure that each entry includes the title of the piece in the file but not your name and details. No more than one entry is allowed per person. All entries must be sent as a Word .doc or .docx file. Please add your name and address details to the email your entry is attached to.
Email entry now closed.
Full Competition Terms And Conditions
- Competition open to UK residents, aged 18 and over.
- Closing time for receipt of entries is 31st October 2013 at midnight BST.
- The minimum length for the poem is 10 lines or 200 words, the maximum length is 40 lines or 1000 words. It is to be written in English.
- Entries can only be made via email attachment as a Word .doc or .docx file.
- All entrants must agree to have their work published in both print and ebook formats, should they be one of the authors of the short listed poems. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Playing Bingo has first publication rights to publish the short listed poems in an anthology, in both print and ebook formats.
- All entrants must also agree to have their poem published on the Playing Bingo website whether they are short listed or not.
- Prizes are as follows: 1st £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Each of the short listed finalists will receive a copy of any anthology created by the site once published.
- Entry implies an acceptance of all the 2013 Playing Bingo Poetry Competition rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements will be disqualified.
- You must warrant that your entry does not infringe any law or regulation or third party right, including (but not limited to) the law of copyright or trademarks.
- The competition is open to all writers, whether they have been previously published or not provided they currently reside in the UK.
- Entry to the competition is free of charge, but submissions are limited to 1 per person.
- Any entrant wishing to withdraw a poem from the competition before the closing date of midnight (BST) October 31st 2013 will need to contact us via the competition email.
- The competition is run as a promotional event by Day Trip Media - all winners agree to the use of their names (or pen names) and poems in further promotions by Day Trip Media for Playing Bingo.
- All entries must be original, must be previously unpublished, and must remain unpublished before November 30th 2013. This includes any form of publication, including print, ebook or online (e.g. on a blog). Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified.
- You must be the copyright holder for any work you enter into the competition.
- Entrants must include their name and address in the email sent with the attached poem entries.
- The prize is nonnegotiable, and will be paid to the winners by cheque, paid in sterling. No alternative prize or payment method will be offered.
- All short listed entrants will receive a copy of any published anthology. If there is a demand for an anthology, it could go on to be sold. Entrants will not be liable to royalties from any commercial sale of said anthology, but license us to use their work commercially in this manner. Profits from any sale of the anthology will go back into the administration of subsequent creative competitions at Playing Bingo.
- You will be clearly identified as the author of any published work in the book and must agree to this publicity. You can, however, use a pseudonym if you wish.
- All email entries will be acknowledged by email, if we you don't receive an email back from us within 5 working days of submission, your entry has not been received and you should try again.
- No competitor may win more than one prize. Entries will be read by a panel of professional editorial staff and published writers. This judging panel will select the 10 - 20 poems to be short listed The named judging panel will then select the 4 prize winning poems from the shortlist. The judges decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
- The winners will be announced on 30th November 2013 here on the competition page, and winners will be notified by email. We require all winners to respond to their winner's email before the prize will be awarded. Failure to respond within 2 weeks of contact will mean forfeiture of prize which will roll over to the next competition's prize fund.
- The competition will be judged anonymously, the author must not include their name in the document. Each poem received will be given a tracking number to identify it. The poems must be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.