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The Puffin Review Poetry Competition


The Puffin Review is pleased to announce an exciting new poetry competition, which is being organized with Le Manoir de Gurson, a country house and writers’ retreat in the Dordogne.

About the Puffin Reviev

The Puffin Review exists to give a voice to new writers and journalists.

Getting those first publications is crucial to a writer’s career, not only in terms of building a reputation and a record, but in terms of confidence. There’s also the matter of validation: it helps you cope with the dreaded day-job immeasurably if you have some publications to your name.

The Puffin Review wants to help writers take those first steps to begin making their name.

The winner will be selected by Ros at the Manoir itself, where she will be running a poetry course from 16th – 21st June 2013. Details of the poetry course are available here


The Competition is open to  poems on the theme of peace and tranquillity, with a maximum word count of 200 from authors worldwide.


The prize will be a self-catering holiday for up to four people for the 13th – 20th October, 2013. The party will have complete and private use of the manoir and of the pool, weather permitting.

How to enter

Entries should be e-mailed to

The closing date for entries is 31st May 2013, and the competition will be judged by the poet Ros Barber, with the winner being announced in July edition of the Puffy Review.

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