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Half Moon Rises Over The Saboteur Awards 2017

Well, it’s been quite a week at Half Moon Books. Last Friday, we performed our poetry play, ‘Town Below the Steps’ (written by the Otley Town Poet, Matthew Hedley Stoppard and featuring the work of 16 Otley Poets) at the Writing on Air Festival at Chapel FM in...

Thank you Peter Spafford for the wonderful Writing on Air festival over the past 3 days and for the encouragement and support you have given to the realisation of Town Below the Steps and its live recording at ChapelFM. There is more about it here You can listen to...

Open Mic compete here

We are delighted to announce the Otley Spoken Word Competition, which will be held in conjunction with the presentation of the Otley Poetry Prizes for poetry on the page, For performers, it’s 3 minutes each! Those who go over their 3 minutes will be disqualified, so...

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who entered our very first written poetry competition - we received 376 poems from  poets all around the UK and 2 from elsewhere.  We had to disqualify 6 for being over the line-limit, but now the other 370 are printed out and being read by the...

last chance!

This is your last chance to enter for a chance to win one of the first ever Otley Poetry Prizes!  You're probably too late to post them to us but if you're a the last minute, you can pay on the website and get them to us by email.  But only until midnight!  

Competition how is it judged?

Our judge for the first Otley Poetry Prize is Matthew Hedley Stoppard -  scroll down to find his advice about entering  the competition.  He will read all the poems.  All email entries that comply with the rules will be printed and the poems sent by post will be...