To celebrate Carol Ann Duffy’s legacy as Poet Laureate, the Young Poets Network asked poets aged 5-25 around the world to respond to her works.
Judge (and Duffy expert) Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards selected Jack Cooper as the third prize winner.
A private man, public spaces was inspired by Duffy’s diction, along with her common themes of suffering and queer love.
Mari commented, ‘this poem respects her connection with men, their lives and their work in its naming of masculine fragilities’, and praised its references to The Anvil and some of Duffy’s influences.
You can find out more about the competition, and its winners, here.
Anne Ballard’s poem Aubade won first prize in the Formal Poem section of the Poetry on the Lake International Festival 2018 competition.
She has also had Mother’s Teeny-Bash Bathing Costume published in Spindrift, the 2018 poetry and prose anthology of The Federation of Writers (Scotland).
Congratulations are certainly in order for Anne!
Jack Cooper’s poem Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral has been selected by judge Mario Petrucci for the Segora Poetry Competition 2018 shortlist.
To note, Jack does not live in Labafut Riviere, France. He only wishes Segora’s administrative error could be true!
In this year’s National Poetry Competition, Jack Cooper’s poem “Back to Normal” was selected for the judge’s final longlist, out of more than 13,000 entries. The competition was judged by Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan, and Pascale Petit.
Congratulations to Vicky Olliver whose poem ‘To My Brother’ has been shortlisted from over 500 entries in the Tongues & Grooves Prose Poem Competition 2018. The poem will be published in an anthology of prize-winning poems.
Member Julian Bishop’s poem “Window Pane” was shortlisted from over 4000 entries for this year’s Bridport Poetry Prize, judged by Lemn Sissay. Congratulations Julian!
Paul Stephenson has won the Paper Swans Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition with ‘Selfie with Waterlilies’. The competition was judged by Jill Munro and you can read her report on the Paper Swans Press website. We are looking forward to reading the published pamphlet!
Member Jonathan Totman’s entry, entitled ‘Explosives Licence’, was also highly commended in the competition.
Anna Meryt has been highly commended in the Winchester Writers Festival Memoir competition with Chapter One of her second memoir, set in London and Indonesia. Congratulations Anna!
Congratulations to Anne Ballard, whose poem ‘The Judge’s Wife’ has won third prize in the 2017 Poetry on the Lake Competition, formal category.
Former member Sarah Doyle was also highly commended in the Silver Wyvern category for poems on the theme ‘metal’.
Member Vicky Olliver’s poem “English as a Second Language” has been commended in the 2015 Barnet Poetry Competition, judged by Mario Petrucci.