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2023 Young Poets Results

We would like to congratulate all our winners and thank everyone who entered the Young Poets Competition this year. Congratulations to our young poet Madeleine Elizabeth Storer with her winning entry Birthstone


Chewing coal behind the shed, The baby’s born
Gnawing till your gums go red. Below’s a twisted maze,
Of eerie songs, metal on stone.
A man begins to

Floorboards over hollowed ground, graveyard cities, forgotten towns.
Fingers black like singed rocks. Dust on the ground, soot on socks.
Fruit of the labor, Daily bread.
The preacher man has lost his head
For the hoist is neverending.

The kids go off to school today,
Up the hill and far away.
Headstock looming with taunting jokes. Black. Blue.
A man chokes,
On blood like oil, thick, it burns
a naked green on the pavement
Turned putrid yellow, pink then puce.

The firemen can’t put out the light. Policemen squark, children fight.
Taste the coal, it ain’t quite right, Too hot, too cold… That’s it, scorched
Sickly sweet, gritty with grief.
Red hot gold,
bloodstone baby, keeps you cold.

Madeleine Elizabeth Storer

2023 Winners

Our thanks also go to the shortlist team and to Deanna Rodger our 2023 Young Poets Judge. Without them we wouldn’t be able to run our competitions. The winning entries can be downloaded and enjoyed from the table below.

PositionTitleAuthorDownload Link (Subject to Availability)
1stBirthstoneMadeleine Elizabeth Storer Download PDF of Birthstone by Madeleine Elizabeth Storer
2ndBeyond SunlightAndrew Pettigrew Download PDF of Beyond Sunlight by Andrew Pettigrew
3rdI dreamt of EternityEleanor Wade Download PDF of I dreamt of Eternity by Eleanor Wade
Deanna Rodger

Competitions Archive

Winners of our previous Competitions