Win a R500 PrintWild voucher in the Christmas / New Year theme poetry competition

Win a R500 voucher from Printwild
Our wonderful prize

UPDATE – Unfortunately due to poor response to this competition the prize is carried over to the Valentines Poetry Competition, entries close 14 February 2015.

UPDATE – 26/12/14 – The dates for this competition have been slightly extended.  Submissions close 3rd Jan and winners will be announced on 10th Jan, you still have time to submit.  I decided that the mood to write about Christmas and New Year has not yet passed.

I am very excited to announce that Skimming Stones is running a poetry competition with the amazing prize of a R500 gift voucher from PrintWildMy father Paul Changuion started out as a photographer on the Copper Belt in Zambia and after a lifetime in the photographic industry now uses his creativity to prepare the images for printing at PrintWild.   PrintWild are currently taking orders for Christmas gifts and a framed print, canvas, acrylic or block mounted image would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone special.  They also offer gift vouchers.  They’ll guarantee your gift is delivered by Christmas if you order’s paid by 08 Dec and the artworks are delivered to your door, ready to hang.

The competition

Calling poets to submit original work using the theme Christmas or New Year.

A maximum of 2 poems may be submitted

Please submit your work by the deadline of 25 December 2014, winners will be announced on 1st January 2015

e-mail submissions to

You may also post your submission here on Skimming Stones under the comments section below.

The winning poet must be a resident of South Africa

With your entry please provide your contact details.

I hope that this will be the first of several poetry competitions which will run here in the future.  I will be looking for other sponsors for prizes in these forthcoming competitions.  Please share this with the wordsmiths in your circle.

I am the founder of the Durban Live Poets Society (LiPS) and my work has been published in various anthologies.  I look forward to reading your submissions, I wish that I could take part in the competition myself!  Thank you very much to PrintWild for the sponsored prize.

Check out this cool video featuring my totally awesome brother Paul (sorry ladies he’s married) and Dad.  I am blessed to be part of such a special family.






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  1. What a great prize and exposure for any poet.

  2. Poetry submission – also e-mailed as an attachment

    Twilight New Year by Trevor L’Etang Tuesday 23/12/14

    Photo-pic – author’s copyright shot shows Durban Central at twilight

    Twilight New Year

    Ho! ho! ho!
    Santa’s voice is a fading echo
    Christmas cheer has fled
    Merry is gone

    The holiday is fleeting
    Resolution is the in fling
    In a short time
    New Year!
    Let us go in
    healing the ravaged heart
    living as if
    there are no imperfections

    No blemished skin
    No politicking
    No trafficking
    in forbidden things

    No more spilling of guts
    less mincing of words
    less waste across the board
    no ratting or tattling on him

    No more kidding about things
    Just kidding!
    Just living right
    as right as must!

    No blight, no storm, no wrong
    on spite
    except to say we knew these last
    past year

    Let the singer sing
    at new year’s eve
    of golden morn
    to wake us from our dreams of light

    Open the gates
    Let the inmates out
    Turn the page
    Round a bend

    Let the fleet foot run
    and all run free
    No chains to bind
    No clanging noise

    Just eye to eye
    our souls we see
    Times are past of ill regard
    The year ahead of summer bliss

    We plan to live in great repose
    in gardens spaces with scent of rose
    The smell of fear has left this place
    The perfumed life defines new grace

    No more bustle
    from here to there
    No more hustle
    for this and that

    Simple life
    Peace of mind
    With faith alive
    our spirits soar

    If this – my new year wish
    for you and me –
    is but delusive dream…
    then singer, sing again
    of golden morn, the more
    and wake us not
    from this idyllic night
    of illusive dream!


    Poet’s details:
    Poet: Trevor L’Etang
    Telephone: 083 320 8546
    Address: 35 Nerissa Road, Wentworth, Durban, 4052

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