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2022 Open Poetry Competition Shortlist

Congratulations to our 2022 Open Poetry Shortlisted Entries

Black Bird-Shaped Hole                                  Caroline Gillespie  
BOATMaggie Wadey
Calais PierNicholas Hogg
CommunionKathy Miles
Constructing a RookKathy Miles
Dandelion WineFiona Shillito
LiminaSharon Carleen Ashton
Living Grief  Kathryn Bevis
Love RedIsaac Quin
Mitchel LibraryAlison Gorman
One of these days I’ll do like David HockneyPaul Stephenson
Playground in MontenegroSMH Davies
RecordsPhilip Baker
Siren CallEmilie Jelinek
StrivingsDavid Gilbert
Summer MeditationsImogen Wade
SussedJohn Lancaster
The Butterfly HouseKathryn Bevis
The Course of Things Diana Cant
TimeJudith Drazin
Two Wood PigeonsLinda Saunders
Unmarked GravesCarolyn Gillespie
WoodpeckerKathy Miles
YarrowLesley Saunders
Your silence is all I have leftDeborah Harvey
Our Open Poetry Judge Tristram Saunders

Tristram Fane Saunders is a journalist and commissioning editor at the Telegraph.  As their poetry critic he also runs ‘Poem of the Week’.

His own poems appear in Carcanet’s New Poetries VIII: An Anthology.  His current pamphlet is Woodsong and The Rake was published in May this year. He has recently edited Edna St Vincent Millay: Poems and Satires.

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.