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Poetry on the Lake

XV International Competition for the Silver Wyvern
All competition entrants are entitled to attend the October readings free of charge

Deadline, 1st April 2015 (postmark/24.00 email)

3 categories:
open (max 60 lines)- formal verse (max 40 lines) – short poems (max 9 lines)

Robert Minhinnick (Open), Kenneth Steven (Short), Kevin Bailey (Formal). 

Theme follows line of Milan Expo 2015 (Feed the planet):
Wining & Dining or Fasting, Thirsting, Hungering, Starving ....may be interpreted very broadly

Prizes: overall winner: Silver Wyvern and €400.

€200 x winners of other two categories; €100 x three runners-up

All prizewinners present also receive an object of design awarded by ALESSI

Postal entries : 2 copies of each poem, one anonymous, the second with contact details on back. Mark category top right. Send to Poetry on the Lake - Isola San Giulio - 28016 Orta (NO) - Italy

Email entries: attachment/s with no name or contact details, these details should be in body of email. (Preferably send all poems on separate pages in same attachment, with category marked top right each page,). Email to: poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk,  subject line Competition 2015


Postal entries: UK £7 per poem (4 x £25, then £ 6) ROW €20 ($25) x 2 poems

Email entries: €12 per poem (3 poems x €30) pay Paypal (button below)
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Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall)

Other countries: Paypal (see website) or euro notes (wrap in silver foil). No Bank Drafts. 

Usual competition rules apply (unpublished poems that haven't been prized previously). No entry form required. Do not send SAE. The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry.   A competitor may win 2 or 3 prizes, each in a different category, but no more than one prize in a single category.

Possible anthology publication for selected poems (we contact authors first, although entry to the competition implies automatic permission to publish). Copyright remains with the author.

Awards during autumn celebration, with
reading of winning & commended poems 
see Festival page in due course

All results will be on this website in July, winners and commended will be notified.


XIV International Poetry Competition 
adjudicators: Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker

adjudicated by Carol Ann Duffy
Ist to Virginia Astley, Dorchester for her poem Homecoming
2nd to Guy Russel, Milton Keynes, for From the Archipelago
Highly Commended: Rachel Plummer, Edinburgh, for Braid 

listed (in random order)

Snow in October –  Caroline Bostock; Perspectives double sonnet –  Derek Sellen;  No silver lining –  Camilla Lambert; 
Fog in the Dale –- Chris Considine; Swaledale snow – Chris Considine; Fountains Abbey –  Francis Harris; 
It never rained –Hugh Sullivan; Shopping List - Hazel Clark;

adjudicated by Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker

to Anne Stewart, Kent, for her poem 
Snow snow more cold lonely snow
2nd prize to Dorothy Yamamoto, Oxford for The Frost Fair
Highly Commended: Brigit Sivill, Normandy, for Variable weathers 
Rose Flint, Somersetfor Marking China Blue
Commended: Thelma Laycock, Leeds for Visits
Chris Considine, Plymouth, for An Arc 

Awards during the course of the XIV Celebration at Belgirate, Lake Maggiore 10th-12th October. Please see Festival page 

  Theme was 'Weather'    “Poets are always taking the weather so personally.” 


J.D. Salinger 

Silver Wyvern & €500 to winner
    2nd €200   
Prize for best sonnet €100
other prizes to those Commended who read at the Awards in October

enquiries: poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk           

Poetry on the Lake XIII International Poetry Competition

The awards were presented at Villa Carlotta, Belgirate, 12th October, by the Mayor of Belgirate and the Assessore Claudia Buscher.


Adjudicators: Anne-Marie Fyfe, Imtiaz Dharker, Kevin Bailey
OPEN CATEGORY (376 poems entered)
FIRST PRIZE:: The Aftermath Inspector - Clare Best, Lewes, Sussex
SECOND PRIZE: Census - Christopher North , Alicante, Spain
Devon Tin - Oz Hardwick, York; My Favourite Knife - H.V.Goddard , Tewkesbury    
Morning LightWes Lee, Wellington, New Zealand, The PropertyJean Harrison, Settle.
A Roomful of CupboardsAngela Croft, London;      This Is What We DoMichael Swan, Oxford;
Cutting The PagesKathleen Kummer, Totness;       The Kitchen Cupboards - Gill Andrews , Edinburgh.
SHORT CATEGORY (138 poems entered)
FIRST PRIZE: Blind - Enda Coyle-Greene, Skerries, Ireland
SECOND PRIZE: The Peach Grower's Last Request - Susi Clare, Travedona Monate, Italy
The late air - Roberta James, London; Oh Careful, be Careful, Gill-Gallium - Diane E Cockburn, Durham; film - B.A.Morton, Jordanstown , N.Ireland
SHORTLISTED(in random order):
The Angel in My Underwear - Elaine Jarvest Miller ,Devon ;Silver bracelet - Faye Boland, Kenmare, Ireland; She is MercuryKate Dempsey,Maynooth,  Ireland;A fine amalgam - Camilla Lambert , Arundel;A Tin of Powder - Marie Naughton , Manchester;Swift as Quicksilver - Anne Boileau, Coggeshall; Sidi Bou Said - Lavinia Currier, USA ;The Man who brought Copper and Gold - Susi Clare, Italy;NightwindAnthony Watts,Taunton; Repeatability -Heidi Williamson , UK; Gallipoli - Liz Thompson, Oxford;Pram fall - Mia Timberlake, South Australia; shoaElsa Fischer, Switzerland; The Blues harp - Fran Reader,Woodbridge;Fire and Tin - Wes Lee, New Zealand; Portrait of the Mother as a Blue Jug - Anna Kisby,Brighton;After a death: A tenderness of thought - Wes Lee, New Zealand;Flensed -  Geraldine Mitchell, Ireland
FORMAL CATEGORY (124 poems entered)
FIRST PRIZE: Rigel HillWilliam Gilson, Cumbria.
SECOND PRIZE: BZH400Peter Duff, Ireland.
The Golden StairsSarah Doyle, London; Two birds for KabirMaitreyabandhu, London; John Keats’ Ring – Carole Bromley, York.
SHORTLISTED (in random order)
Special Mention to F&BCarole Bromley,York; Hillside at Grizzana Maitreyabandhu, London;Live fast, Die Young – Beverly Francis, Cardiff, Wales;Typeface Facelift – Lois Elaine Heckman, Milan, Italy; Ode to My Rhyming DictionaryChris O'Carroll, USA; The Smith’s Rejoinder to the Carpenter - Malcolm Watson, Hull;The Metal Detector -  Hilary Elfick, Cambridge; A Visit to a Military Ward - Don Nixon, Albrighton; Spending Time – Peter Duff, Ireland;Tea Break with Tin Mug – Enda Coyle-Greene, Ireland 
All entries are sent to the adjudicators without any identification, only I know who the authors are and, of course, I ’m allowed no say in the competition. But I do read all the poems and have my favourites. Some of these came up in the final lists, here are the ones that didn’t but that I liked very much:
Bells by D.P, USA; Eclipse (and the other poems entered by the same author) by M.W, Hull;
Lost Words by B.C.,N.Yorks; The Frankenstein Summer by R.S., London; Coat Hangers by V.F. Canterbury; Still life with Pineapple by J.G.,Essex; The Last Great Adventure by A.B. Edinburgh; General James Wolfe’s Mother by S.S., Kent; Wreath of Gold & Red Kite Wood by T.L, London; The Japanese Sword by D.Y., Oxford; Capitano Bridge by K.J., London; La Diosa de Oro by S.R., Kent; The Finding by R.T., London; Alarm by P.B., York; Visitations by P.B. Stoke-on-Trent; Golden Part III by L.G. Sheffield; Ode 7 by D.P.; In Praise of Bare-Handed Women & Spinning by S.U.,Wokingham; Assay by L.S., Slough; Soul by E.R. Devon; My Father’s Orrery by G.L., Worcestershire.
Thanks to all those who entered. We enjoyed reading your poems immensely and appreciate your support of Poetry on the Lake. Alas, we have no funds for an anthology this year.
Prizes: overall winner: Silver Wyvern Award and €400
Please note: the overall winner will be chosen from the winners of all three categories
Two prizes of €200 each to winners of other two categories.
Three runners-up prizes (one in each category) of €100 each
Prizewinners who come to the awards in person will also receive, besides the cash prize, an object of design awarded by ALESSI

Bradford-on-Avon Poetry Fringe Festival Competition for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.
Closing: 12th July 2013       Prizes: £200,£50, £25.
Entry Fee: £4 each £10 for three, £3 thereafter.
Adjudicator is Roger Elkin


Poems must not have been printed or published (including on internet magazines but on a personal or friend's blog with restricted access, that's ok), nor have won a previous prize.
Entrants must be over 16 years old on 1st January 2012.

3 Categories:
Open (max.60 lines), adjudicator Anne-Marie Fyfe (organiser
www.coffeehousepoetry.org )
Formal (max 40 lines) adjudicator Kevin Bailey (editor Haiky Quarterly Poetry Magazine)
Short (max 10 lines) adjudicator Imtiaz Dharker (poet, artist and film maker) 
Each adjudicator will read all the poems in his/her category.

N.B.: Open category embraces all forms of poems providing they do not exceed 60 lines; free verse, traditional or formal verse - anything goes!
Formal category: traditional verse forms: sonnets, sestinas,ballards,haiku (up to five haiku on one page count as one entry) villanelles etc or your own rhyming or metrical scheme. NOT free verse and just dividing a free verse poem into couplets
without a rhyming or metrical scheme doesn't make for a Formal poem.
: all forms not exceeding 10 lines

No entry form required. Usual competition rules apply.
The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry. A competitor may win 2 or 3 prizes, each in a different category, but no more than one prize in a single category.

Results 2012
OPEN CATEGORY (272 entries)– adjudicator GILLIAN CLARKE
1st: Crows, Seaton Park – Wayne Price (Aberdeen)
2nd : Panther – Emma Harding
FORMAL CATEGORY (101 entries) – adjudicator CAROLE BALDOCK
1st: The Surrey Tiger Nick MacKinnon (Winchester)
2nd: A Letter from the Master of His Majesty’s Ship The Tiger, Aleppo 1606 Sarah Doyle (London)
1st:Cows in the Ashmolean – Dorothy Yamamoto (Oxford)
2nd : The Bear – Katrina Naomi (London)

Poetry on the Lake XII International Poetry Competition 2012 - RESULTS

Poetry on the Lake 11th International Competition 2011- RESULTS

Do not send SAE. We will send results to winners June or July at latest and they will be on website.
The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry. A competitor may win 2 or 3 prizes, each in a different category, but no more than one prize in a single category. Results on site July, winners contacted beforehand.
Possible publication for winning and selected poems (we try to contact all authors first, although entry to the competition implies automatic permission to publish). Copyright remains with the author.
Awards in the autumn, with reading of winners & commended.

 The song of the woman who wanted a train
Diana Pooley, London
RUNNER-UP: Fossil record Wayne Price, Aberdeen
Lithium lovesong -
Lydia Macpherson, Babraham
 Black Book of WarwickLynne Wycherley, Kidlington
Sold - Pat Borthwick,  Kirby Underdale
The Gift - Sharon Black, St André de Valborgne

WINNER: Inclined to envy woodliceChris Considine,
RUNNER-UP: Returning - Donna Pucciani,  Illinois , USA

And then;  
Gill McEvoy - Chester
The place of stones - Tim O’Leary - London
Agata and aphrodisiac - Derek Sellen, Canterbury
The vixen - Susi Clare, Travedona Monate


WINNER: Laying the foundation stone -
Don Nixon, Albrighton
RUNNER-UP: Terra - 
Anne Ballard, Hornsey

Innocents awhirl -
Mira Mehta, London
A black-suited revolution - Peter Goulding, Dublin
New Year - A C Clarke, Glasgow
Days like trees - Polly Walshe, Oxford

YOUNG WYVERN (only for 2011)
we had no section for young poets but there were a number of under 16's who submitted poems to the main competition. So we decided to treat and judge them separately. We shall not accept entries from under 16s in 2012.

winner: Lamorna Tregenza-Reid (age 10) with 'Her Thinking Hand'

Lucia K Chen –   ‘The Fisherman’s Dawn’
Joy Lalicata – ‘We had a fight with stones’           
Stella Lalicata – ‘The Stones and the Clones’    
Angelica Poversky    ‘If hearts were made of stone’
Lin Wang ‘Conversations with my immigrant mother’ 
Katherine Ward ‘ Rock and Stone’ 

congratulations to these young poets!

Thanks to all those who entered.
There were roughly 400 entries, of which 107 in the Short poems category and 68 in the Formal verse section.
The suggested (not obligatory) theme for all categories was 'Stone' and this wide-ranging theme seemed to inspire the majority of poems.
Awards and Celebration 23-25 September. More news and programme in due course.

Panel of adjudicators:

Don Paterson chose the winners of all three categories from lists drawn up by
Anne Stewart and Oz Hardwick.

Categories: Open (max 60 lines) - Formal (max.40) - Short (max 10)


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Results of competition 2010


James Harpur, Carole Baldock, Kevin Bailey

 The  Awards were presented by
H.M. Consul General Dr Laurence Bristow-Smith

on Saturday, 2nd October, in Sala Tallone, Isola San Giulio
during the course of the
10th International Poetry Celebration 1st-3rd October
Prizewinners who come in person also received, besides the cash prize, an object of design 'La stanza dello sciricco' awarded by Alessi



Silver Wyvern 2010

A Roman slave reflects on inevitability - Emma Harding,

Short poems

 Archetypes - Lucius Redman


Formal poems 
 An Ex Pat's Mediterranean Retirement Diary  & The Hospice at Cannes - Don Nixon


'From the Lake-side',  writing on Lake Orta: won by D.M. Thomas with 'Singing Along'