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2020 International Competitions: Winners

Congratulations to all the winners, and we would also like to thank everyone who entered. You can watch a recording of our 2020 Poetry Reading and Prize Giving event.

Open Poetry Competition

Open Poetry 2020 Judge Sean BorodaleOur 2020 Open Poetry Competition judge Sean Borodale was selected in 2014 as a Poetry Book Society Next Generation Poet. His first collection, Bee Journal, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Costa Books Award. Mighty Beast, his documentary poem about livestock markets for the BBC won the Radio Academy Gold Award for Beast Feature or Documentary. He currently teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway.

Open Poetry – 2020 Winners

PositionTitleAuthorDownload Link (Subject to Availability)
1stA Familiar PathMaggie Wadey Download PDF of A Familiar Path by Maggie Wadey
2ndRestoring Our Parents GraveStephen Lloyd Download PDF of Restoring Our Parents Grave by Stephen Lloyd
3rdOrpheus in the ClassroomElizabeth Porter Download PDF of Orpheus in the Classroom by Elizabeth Porter
Hilly Cansdale Local PrizeLights OutRoger Adams Download PDF of Lights Out by Roger Adams

Short Story Competition

Short Story 2020 Judge Duncan MinshullOur 2020 Short Story judge Duncan Minshull. Duncan worked at BBC Radio more than 20 years, as a senior producer for programmes such as Book Of The Week, Book at Bedtime, The Essay, and Short Story. He is now a freelance audio producer and a writer on the subject of walking. His latest book is Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking, published by Notting Hill Editions.

Short Story – 2020 Winners

PositionTitleAuthorDownload Link (Subject to Availability)
1stAmmonitesRolf Venner Download PDF of Ammonites by Rolf Venner
2ndWe are The PoetJeremy Galgut Download PDF of We are The Poet by Jeremy Galgut
3rdWaving BackRosemary Guilding Download PDF of Waving Back by Rosemary Guilding
Wyvern Local PrizeThe Price of FeetSimon Heathcote Download PDF of The Price of Feet by Simon Heathcote

Book for Children Competition

Book for Children 2020 Judge Fleur hitchcockOur 2020 Book for Children judge Fleur Hitchcock embarked on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University and graduated with a distinction. Her debut novel Shrunk! was The Sunday Times ‘Book Of The Week’, since when she has never looked back. Now with 16 more books for young people to her name, she divides any of her remaining time between her family, her garden and working as a children’s bookseller.

Book for Children – 2020 Winners

1stThe Winters BoyBarbara Featherstone
2ndThe Eternal Return of Clara HartLouise Cook
3rdThe Herald's ZooNina Hoole
Local PrizeMind DumpValerie (Val) Mote

Young Poets Competition

Young Poets 2020 Judge Victoria Adukwei Bulley Victoria Adukwei Bulley judge of the 2020 Young Poets Competition, is a poet, writer and film-maker. She is the winner of a 2018 Eric Gregory Award for promising British poets under 30, and has held artistic residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum in London.

Young Poets – 2020 Winners

PositionTitleAuthorDownload Link (Subject to Availability)
1stRechristeningCatherine Turner Download PDF of Rechristening by Catherine Turner
2ndSo Lovely is the LonelinessNathanael Wheatcroft-Brown Download PDF of So Lovely is the Loneliness by Nathanael Wheatcroft-Brown
3rdCome in, the Water’s FineArchie Hamerton Download PDF of Come in, the Waters Fine by Archie Hamerton

Competitions Archive

Winners of our previous Competitions