Maggie Butt, judge of the Segora Poetry Competition 2019, has selected poems by Anne Ballard and Jack Cooper to be long-listed. Congratulations!
You can view the full long-list here.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a groundbreaking Enlightenment philosopher. She wrote the first English language call for the equality of the sexes, and became the world’s first female war correspondent when she traveled to France to report on the “Reign of Terror”.
Bee Rowlett asked poets to respond to one of Mary’s quotes, Jack choosing “I am the first of a new genus!” for his poem Origins.
Read Jack’s poem and a lively account of Mary’s life here.
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.
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.