2018 Stanza Poetry Competition – open!

The 2018 Stanza Poetry Competition theme this year is TRADITION. It’s free to enter but you must be a Poetry Society member (if you’re not a member join here) who is also a member of a  Poetry Society Stanza – but you can join any time before the competition closes.


Send up to two poems, max 40 lines per poem (not including title). Closing date is Monday 10 September 2018 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October 2018. Judge: Penelope Shuttle.

Have a look at the rules before you enter.




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New venue

Our new meeting venue is the Castle Inn Colchester, 92 High Street CO1 1TH. The nearest car parks are situated behind Grey Friars or in Priory Street.

The Inn has booked us a good sized room at the rear of the pub with its own access through the seating area. We will not be charged for the room but there is an expectation that refreshments will be bought. Therefore we will no longer be collecting subs for our meetings but do hope you will buy a drink.

We hope to see you there next month on May 16th for a workshop (details to follow).

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Critiquing session on Wednesday 18th April

Our next Mosaic meeting (Wednesday 18th April) is a critiquing session. if you would like feedback on a poem please bring copies to share. As usual we will meet at Lion Walk Church, Colchester, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

There will also be a discussion about a new venue – we will need your views, either at the meeting or in advance via email, and to come to a decision.  Thanks to everyone who has already emailed about this.

Hope lots of you can make it on Wednesday!

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Our next meeting – publication avenues workshop

Our next meeting Wednesday 21st March will be a workshop led by Antony and Candyce. As usual we will meet at Lion Walk Church, Colchester, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Two years ago Antony Johae gave a presentation on how to get your poems published. This is a follow-up where members are invited to bring along a poem ready for publication, and also any journals you’ve been reading.

At the workshop several of us will introduce journals we respect, and we’ll try to shed light on the selection process and timeline involved.

The rest of the workshop will consist of working in pairs/small groups, so bring 4 copies of your poem, any literary magazines you’ve been reading; and the goal for your group will be to suggest possible publication avenues.

We will share our expertise! There will be past copies of poetry magazines to take home.

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Wunderkammer ‘Flash Write’ Workshop 25 February 2018 1pm

Take part in an exciting writing workshop at Firstsite in association with Colchester and Ipswich Museums and the University of Essex. This session will be led by writer in residence Lelia Ferro, an MA student from the University of Essex and member of MOSAIC Stanza Group.

Join Lelia to write an ekphrasis response to the Wunderkammer exhibition at Firstsite – a cabinet of curiosities featuring many interesting artefacts from the Museums’ archives.

The writing brief is ‘wonderment’ and imaginative connections between the objects. You can select any objects/artworks you wish to respond to, and you may respond in any form you wish poetry/prose.

For more details see http://www.firstsite.uk/whats-on/wunderkammer-flash-write-workshop/

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Our first meeting for 2018

The first meeting of Mosaic Stanza Group will be on Wednesday 17th January at Lion Walk Church. The room is available from 7:00pm.  This gives us time to discuss ideas for the coming year if we start the meeting early at 7:15 and follow on with the workshop. The workshop will focus on ways into writing and is aimed at stimulating ideas for both experienced and new writers.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Colchester Community Poetry Project – almost there

Most of the poems are already in for the book of poetry to help raise awareness for Colchester’s homeless in connection with Emmaus and the GO4 Café in Trinity Church.

Editor Alice Goss writes “Now we need just the Castle, Roman Walls and the Roman Circus. Any poems on homelessness would also be good. Again I will look at any other subjects if someone has an idea e.g. St. James Church on East Hill.  I’m closing the submissions at the end of this month for all poems, photos and art work in order to keep this project on track.”

It’s the Final Push then – if you have a poem on any of these topics, please send to  poetrywivenhoe@idztools.com  for onward transmission to Alice.

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