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erbacce-prize for poetry 2017: UPDATE and Judges' DECISIONS!

'erbacce' it rhymes with 'apache' and is Italian for 'weed'

We had a record 7,200 entries this year and were editing as we went for four months and arrived at a LONG short-list of 160 poets. Then over the past week we whittled those 160 down to a short-list of 32 and at our final meeting last Friday we eventually came up with the magnificent 'winners' they are as follows:

Felino A. Soriano of California, USA
As outright and unanimous winner; Felino will have a perfect bound book produced by erbacce-press

runner up:
Nazneen Decleer Zafar of Kathmandu, Nepal
This exceptionally fine poet will have a perfect bound book of 96 pages produced by erbacce-press

Featured poets will be:
Jocelyn Simms of St Andre -sur-Sevre, France
Kevin Conder of Sollentuna, Sweden
Okwudili Nebeolisa of Kaduna state, Nigeria
Karen Dennison of Wivenhoe, UK
In our quarterly erbacce journal each of these poets will be interviewed and then one half of the journal will be devoted entirely to their poetry

Among these 7,200 entries some poets deserve a mention as being specially commended and they are (in no particular order); Chloe-Louise Adegoke of Essex, UK, Shukla Bhattacharya of Narendrapur, India, John Danvers of Exeter, UK, J. J. Steinfeld of Charlottetown, Canada, Linda Ann Loschiavo of New York, USA, Rachel Coventry of Galway, Ireland, & Andrew James of London, UK

Of the 7,200 submissions worldwide the balance of submissions slightly favoured female writers insofar as we could tell from their names; roughly 53% were female, 47% male

Thanks to everyone who sent submissions. Because we operate erbacce and erbacce-press as a true co-operative and because entry is free we attract poets from all over the world and it is wonderful that so many of you enter; we hope you’ll all try again next year; however while we create the books for our winners we are currently closed for journal submissions... (book proposals should state 'book proposal' in subject)

One slightly sour note though; if you enter a competition where the prize is publication of your collected poetry in a perfect-bound book you need to have enough poetry available to fill said-book. Yes we know it seems as though that is so obvious that it doesn't need saying but apparently it does. We are NOT a wealthy profit-grabbing publishing house whose purpose is to boost the poet's ego and shower laurels upon them; we are a 'co-operative'; our aim is to challenge the exploitation of poets which we find all over the web where even apparently reputable publishers charge reading-fees or an entry-fee just to have your work read. We at erbacce aim to give exposure to poets and to do this for FREE and after that to pay them royalties. As said; most of you know and understand this, we hope those who enter next year will also understand our aims-and-objectives.

The erbacce-team; Alan, Andy, Jacqui, Matt, Pascale and Ursula

erbacce-press; a TRUE writers' cooperative
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