Competition 2016: winning poems

with links to their poems
– a full report from our judge, Alison Brackenbury, appears here

First prize £200 Bill Lythgoe The House that Jack Built

Second prize £100 – Liz Parkes  And here’s to Mr Darwin

Third prize £75 – John Lancaster The Wedding Speech

– in alphabetical order by poet-

Lesley Burt Coronation Day Street Party
Ian Royce Chamberlain – That Last Birthday
Kelly Davis – To my hands
John Lancaster Laughter Lines
Pauline PlummerHarvest
Emma PurshouseFive Minutes on a Midland Train

– poets whose work was shortlisted by the judge –

Peter Adair
Myra Barrs
Graham Burchell
Andrew C Brown
Tim Bush
David Butler 
Ian Royce Chamberlain
Susie Clare
John Dale (with two poems shortlisted))
Jan Dean
John Dyer
Elsa Fischer
Dominic Fisher
Giles Goodland
Emma Harding (with two poems shortlisted)
Ken Hoare
Al McClimiens
Dawn McGuire
Sighle Meehan
Joan Michelson 
Andrew Miller
Marion Oxley
Sarah Strong
Lynn Thornton
Alex Townsend
Judith Tremaine-Drazin
Peter Wyton (with two poems shortlisted)

  • We are not publishing shortlisted poems, since poets may wish to enter their poems elsewhere. If your name is on this list and you would like to check the title of your shortlisted poem(s), please e-mail us via our website’s contact page. 
  • Competition rules and entry details can still be viewed here

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