Vic Pickup wins 2nd Annual Cupid’s Arrow Competition

Vic Pickup

Poetry Society Member Vic Pickup is the winner of Hedgehog Press’s second annual Cupid’s Arrow Love Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Him, building me a bookcase.’ As well as being a poet, Vic is a writer and reviewer based in Hampshire. Her writing has found its way into anthologies, magazines and webzines, earned her top spot in the Café Writers competition and a place on the shortlist for National Poetry Day’s #speakyourtruth competition.

“What nicer news to receive on an idle Sunday than that you’ve been shortlisted for a poetry competition, only to then to be announced the winner. This is a double joy for me – not only has the win picked me up and slapped me about the face a bit in the self belief department, it also means that my poem written for long-suffering husband gets an airing. So there, I AM romantic – let it be known!

Not only am I grateful for the kindness and generosity of Hedgehog Press Editor Mark Davidson, for the recognition at a time of self-doubt, but also for focusing the minds of all who entered on the positives in life, and showing appreciation for those we love. Hurrah, indeed.”

Fellow Poetry Society Member Gaynor Kane was Highly Commended and Julie Anne Gilligan was among the poets on the shortlist.

All the shortlisted poems will be anthologised and published later this year.

From the Hedgehog Press website:

The Hedgehog Poetry Press launched in October 2017, although our first publication was our magazine ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ which appeared in late March the following year. At the moment, we plan to publish four issues of the magazine, two collections in book form, two collections in pamphlet form and a variety of other pamphlets each year, although it really does depend on whether anybody wants them as we are entirely funded by sales. Submissions for collections will be taken from competitions, whilst all other publications will be ‘by invitation’. We are proud to be the home for the Cult of the Spiny Hog, which is our very own ‘club’ for readers and writers of poetry.

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4 August 2020