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Our brand new imprint.

Our competition
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Thank you
for all your submissions.
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What we Inherit from Water 


Water is essential for life. We drink it, wash with it, swim in it. Some of our earliest memories involve the taste or smell or sound of it. Water has the power to change landscapes, it can soothe and frighten us, but one thing is for sure, we can’t live without it.


This competition will look for poems that speak to us about what we inherit from water and what that means depends on your own relationship with it. We want to see poems which show what you get from water in all its many forms. Poems that show what water provides and what it takes away. How being near it and in it makes you feel and what it’s like to be without it. Use water to write about something else. Tell us how it is, tell us how it isn’t!


The competition judge is Mark Connors. First prize is £200, second prize £50.00 and the third prize £25.00. The prizewinning and longlisted poems will all be included in an anthology entitled ‘What we Inherit from Water’, to be published under the Yaffle’s Nest banner next year and launched on a date and at a venue tbc.


To enter the competition, please pay the appropriate fee on PayPal.

Please include the reference: Yaffle Prize.

Email your submissions to


Please also include your name, contact details

and address in the body of the email.

No names should appear on the submitted document.

Please submit all poems on one document via a word/docx attachment.


Only poems of 40 lines or less will be considered.


The poems may be in any style.

Work deemed to be offensive will not be considered.

All entries must be the work of the poet submitting.

Previously published poems are not permitted.

We will not be accepting translations of poetry.

No changes can be made to poems once they have been submitted.

Any entries in violation to the above will be disqualified.

No refunds will be given once work has been submitted.

The decision from our judges is final.

No correspondence regarding entries will be entered into.



**As the poems are blind judged, to keep anonymity,

poems which have been workshopped by the judge will be disqualified


Entries can be made online via Pay Pal

1 poem

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3 poems

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6 poems

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Yaffle's Nest Publications

We are proud and pleased to introduce our first Yaffle's Nest publications. 


The Worm in the

Pheasant's Neck

Colin Day

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Rear-view Mirror

Tonnie Richmond

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Keep Taking Six

Away from 100

Tim Brookes

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Rosa Brigante

Su Ryder

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