Lighten Up Online

The quarterly light verse webzine


There's Gold In Them Thar Pennines!

Joan Butler, a contributor to LUPO from Issue 2, has just scooped first prize and a cheque for £450 for her poem Pennine Waller, plus a commendation for another piece, in the Cannon Poets’ Sonnet Or Not competition, judged by Steve Ellis, professor of English Literature at Birmingham University.

Not content with showing fellow-Luperati how to convert metre into moolah with this and her previous win in the Settle Sessions competition (see Hawk Talk in LUPO for December 2016) she has demonstrated a flair not just for sonnet-lining but also stomach-lining. Not long ago her vegetarian moussaka took first prize in her annual village show. It must be something in the Yorkshire water.

A Fisher First

Our contributor Annie Fisher (Issues 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28 and 32) whose verse publication debut was in LUPO for September 2012 has recently had a  debut poetry pamphlet, Infinite In All Perfections, published by Happenstance. “She has an eye for mischief, an ear for rhythm and form, delicious deftness of touch and incorrigible joy in the process of creation.”  Details from

Another Miller's Tale

LUPO contributor Nancy Bailey Miller (Issue 34 and forthcoming) posted the link to her poem “Obituary,” a lament on the death of cursive writing, on her Face Book page.  Seeing “Obituary: Nancy Bailey Miller,” her niece immediately responded to the post in horror. “Are you OK, Aunt Nancy?”  Not only is the poet in good health, but “Obituary” appears in her sixth volume of poetry, Tacking Lessons, published by Cheshire Press and just released July, 2016. Tacking Lessons may be purchased at or for $14.95



Stage To Page

LUPO contributor (Issue 34 and forthcoming) James B. Nicola's Stage To Page (Poems From The Theater) was published in June by Word Poetry imprint at WordTech Communications. (ISBN: 978-1-62549-187-9)  Available at Powells, Barnes and Noble and Amazon on-line.

LVU 3 entries close 31 July 2016

There are just eight days left to enter the current cycle of Light Verse Unlimited, the competition for lighter poems. The judge is Helen Meikle, and you can find out more, read the previous winners, and enter online here:

This is the last chance to enter for a while: there will be a hiatus while Writers' Competition Resources ups sticks and moves to South Wales, and normal service will resume in early 2017.

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