Beachcombing Poetry Contest

writing poetry on the beach

Call for Entries

We were so inspired by the poem “Beachcomber” by George Mackay Brown (below) that we decided we need more poetry in our lives!

We are currently accepting submissions for the Beachcombing 2021 Poetry Contest. Winners will have their poems published in Beachcombing Magazine and receive prizes. Interested writers and secret poets should submit their poems of 350 words or less about beachcombing, beach life, collecting, and related subjects. Your poem can be in any poetry form: haiku, sonnet, visual/concrete poem, acrostic, ode, ballad, limerick, or free verse.

Entries will be judged by internationally published poet, memoirist, novelist, and Poet Laureate, Albert Flynn DeSilver (www.albertflynndesilver.com). Albert teaches creativity, writing, and poetry internationally (these days exclusively on Zoom) and his goal is to reignite the joy, fun, spontaneity, and wisdom in our practice and process of writing. He urges would-be poets to trust their intuitive brilliance, have fun, and experiment!

Submission Guidelines:

Please read carefully. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will NOT be eligible.

  1. The poetry contest is open to the worldwide beachcombing community.
  2. We look forward to reading your poems that celebrate the beauty, fun, therapy, camaraderie, insight, humor, and positivity that beachcombing brings to your life.
  3. Your submission can be in any any poetry form, including haiku, sonnet, visual/concrete poem, acrostic, ode, ballad, limerick, or free verse. 
  4. Your submission is limited to 350 words or less. Please email your poem in the body of your email or attach a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or editable .PDF file.
  5. Previously published works will not be considered. 
  6. Include a your name, address, email, and the title of your submission in your email or document.
  7. Please note that pieces may be edited for length and formatting.
  8. Entries should be emailed to submissions@beachcombingmagazine.com, with “Beachcombing Poetry” in the subject line.
  9. No racist, sexist, sexual, violent, derogatory, political, or hateful speech. 
  10.  Submissions are due December 31, 2020, by midnight Pacific time.
  11.  Decisions by the judges are final. Winners will be notified by January 15, 2021. 

Beachcomber

Monday I found a boot –
Rust and salt leather.
I gave it back to the sea, to dance in.

Tuesday a spar of timber worth thirty bob.
Next winter
It will be a chair, a coffin, a bed.

Wednesday a half can of Swedish spirits.
I tilted my head.
The shore was cold with mermaids and angels.

Thursday I got nothing, seaweed,
A whale bone,
Wet feet and a loud cough.

Friday I held a seaman’s skull,
Sand spilling from it
The way time is told on kirkyard stones.

Saturday a barrel of sodden oranges.
A Spanish ship
Was wrecked last month at The Kame.

Sunday, for fear of the elders,
I sit on my bum.
What’s heaven? A sea chest with a thousand gold coins.

 

By George Mackay Brown from Fishermen with Ploughs (Hogarth Press, 1971), and included in The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown (John Murray, 2005)

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