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The National Poetry Competition winner is announced as Linda France, for her poem 'Bernard and Cerinthe'
The National Poetry Competition opens for entries.
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The judges said "‘Bernard and Cerinthe’ is as much a pleasure to read on the page as it is on the tongue, and as such was the unanimous choice of the judges for first place in this year’s National Poetry Competition." Click here to read more. Read the Press Release here.
Image: Linda France, by Hayley Madden
Seven Commendations: (£100 each)
'Push-bike' by Elaine Gaston
'Hare' by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
'Gift of the Sloth' by Debbie Lim
'Birdfall' by Danica Ognjenovic
'crepuscule with nellie (take six)' by Ken Taylor
'CCTV Central Control' by Tom Warner
'I Stop Wearing the Mini-skirt, 1972' by Patricia Wooldridge
In a collaboration between the Poetry Society and artist Alastair Cook, the ten winning poems of the National Poetry Competition have been reimagined as filmpoems. The top three winning poems are available to view on our website and will be screened at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh on 5 April.
All ten films will be screened at the Filmpoem Festival in Antwerp on 14 June, in partnership with Felix Poetry Festival; please see www.filmpoem.com for details. You can watch all ten poetry films on both websites from June.
Click here to view the poetry films for the top three winning poems.
The judges of the 2013 National Poetry Competition are: Julia Copus, Matthew Sweeney and Jane Yeh. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process.
Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. Win, and add your name to a roll-call that includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross and Jo Shapcott. Read poems by previous winners of the National Poetry Competition.