Welcome to the Blue Nib’s second chapbook, which showcases the prize-winning entries to our second Chapbook Contest, The Winter/Spring Chapbook Contest, 2017/18. The Blue Nib is a not for profit small press and online publishing platform run by editors Shirley Bell & Dave Kavanagh.
In The Blue Nib magazine we offered the 3 winning poets, in first, second and third places, chapbook publication, along with cash prizes and their copies of this chapbook. The contest was open to new, emerging and established poets from any country but at least one of the three winners was to be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Again, we were delighted to find that all three winners were debutantes, so we are proud to be the first publisher to introduce these new poets into print.
We are introducing three very strong female writers, all writing with passion and conviction, but all having their own very distinctive voices.
Our judge was the fine Irish poet, Kevin Higgins. ( See his biography at the end of the chapbook).
We are very pleased to be able to showcase these emerging talents.
Shirley Bell and Dave Kavanagh
The Blue Nib