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.
Member Jack Stanley has been shortlisted for the 2015 Bridport Poetry Prize, judged by Roger McGough. Jack was also shortlisted in 2008. Full results will be announced on the website shortly. Congratulations Jack!
Member Sarah Doyle’s poem Unholy has won the William Blake Poetry Prize, a competition organised by the Big Blake Project and the University of Chichester, and judged by George Szirtes.
Sarah Doyle was one of the finalists in the Mslexia poetry competition, with her poem The Scots Girls of Great Yarmouth, which will be published in the magazine’s autumn edition.