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2021 Open Poetry Competition

Congratulations to our 2021 Open Poetry Shortlisted Entries

An Alembic on the ThresholdHélène Demetriades  
AuraMark Totterdell
Breckland FlintSamuel Prince
Dear NatalieAngela Howarth Martinot
Distant GunsKatherine Laycock
EpiphyteElizabeth Rowe
FossilsFelicity Conneely
Frost on Cobwebs  Fiona Shillito
Germ Wild air, world-mothering airStella Body
Girl in a LandscapeMaggie Wadey
In the morningShaun Gardiner
July CarolLynn Caldwell
March PoemEmilie Jelinek
MinerNicolette Golding
Notes on how to packDavid Underdown
On LoughriggArthur W Allen
PomegranateMaggie Wadey
Pyrford Church Nick Bowman
Safari into the RiftElaine Lambert
Still some way to go, Mother RosaChristopher Beck
The Big Bang TheoryEmilie Jelinek
The GlisteningAmanda  Gravett
The MothJulie Shackman
The Shadow ButterflyCarolyn Gillespie
The sum of its partsDWEvans
Time to Heal i.m.Dr Arthur BrockJudith Wozniak
Waiting For The Sumitomo Bank To OpenSandra Mary Chambers
Owen Sheers is our 2021 Open Poetry Judge

Author, poet and playwright, Owen Sheers has won the Somerset Maugham and Wilfred Owen Poetry Awards and has twice been the recipient of the Wales Book of the Year. His BAFTA-nominated film-poem The Green Hollow won three BAFTA Cymru awards, including Best Writer. Owen is Professor in Creativity at Swansea University and has been a Writer in Residence for the Wordsworth Trust and the Welsh Rugby Union.

We are delighted to announce that the 1st prize in our International Open Poetry Competition will again this year be £1000! Second and third prizes will also remain at £500 and £250 respectively. Plus an opportunity to win a Local Prize of £100.

Entries to the Open Poetry Competition must not be longer than 35 lines. The poems can be about any subject, and must be anonymous.

Please read the Terms & Conditions carefully to ensure you entry is accepted.