The Poetry Box.
And blow me, but didn't I win! What I won, apart from the prestige, certificate and winners' issue, was an inscribed silver cup, which is pretty heavy and which I have now started to take to bed with me. My wife says I can't walk down the sitting room without pausing in front of it and raising it aloft like I was at Wembley.
As part of the deal, I had to supply a photo to send back to the Poetry Box with the Cup. My son dutifully did the honours (above) but then insisted on a photo more in keeping with the theme of Hallowe'en (below)
Please check out the Poetry Box. It is a very quirky site and specialises in... well, I will let the editor, Barley Robinson, explain:
"The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine Monthly' publishes not only Dark, Horror, Gothic and Romantic Poetry - but Satire and Black Comedy Poetry, too. As a Poet myself, I write primarily within the latter genres - with occasional forays into the Dark and Melodramatically Theatrical Gothic. The modern Horror Poetry genre is frequently overwhelmed by an excess of formulaic 'Vampire-Themed' and 'Haunted-Themed' Poems - and by neo-Romantic sentiment regarding the dubious or delightful pleasures of loneliness, revenge and death. As Editor however, I do believe that across all literary genres there is nothing quite as 'Dark' as the Contemporary 'Satirical and Black Comedy' Poet - and perhaps - no other genre of poetry demands wit, perception, observation and personal integrity and opinion in quite so healthy proportions."