Formal & Short categories: no set theme,
adjudicators: Formal - Kevin Bailey ; Short - Oz Hardwick
all 3 adjudicators read all poems in his or her category
SILVER WYVERN CATEGORY adjudicated by POET LAUREATE CAROL ANN DUFFY
1st & Silver Wyvern - When he called me a faggot - Toby Campion, Leicester
2nd - The Mechanics of Love - Victoria Gatehouse, Halifax
3rd - Metamorphic - Sally Douglas, Exeter
The Slave of Velazquez - Derek Sellen, Canterbury
The Regular Round - Helena Goddard, Tewkesbury
When the Rowan's Laden - Aileen Ballantyne Edinburgh
The woman who married an alchemist - Sarah Doyle London
Wheelbarrow - Sharon Black, Gardoussel, France
Aubade - Jeri Onitskansky, Barnet
Flame Test - Victoria Gatehouse, Halifax
FORMAL POEMS adjudicated by KEVIN BAILEY, founder and editor of HQ Poetry Magazine
1st - We found an unexploded mine that day. Deidre Parkes County Carlow, Ireland
2nd - God of Love. Brian Kirk Dublin Ireland
3rd - The Judge's Wife. Anne Ballard Edinburgh
HC - For my silent lover. Rebecca Farmer London
HC - Supercooling. Jennifer Sykriewicz Haxby, York
C - Another Time. Tim O’Leary London
C - Her Blanket. Adele Cordner Magor, Wales
C - From a cab, not upon Westminster Bridge. Patrick B. Osada Warfield
C - Stonehenge. M. Lee Alexander Williamsburg USA
C - For the day you turn to me and ask. NJ Hynes London
SHORT (10 lines or under) CATEGORY adjudicated by OZ HARDWICK, Professor of English at Leeds Trinty University
1st - River - Sharon Black Gardoussel, France
2nd - The Bomb Fell - Michael Swan, Oxford
HC - In the Bathroom Brian Clark York
HC - Monkeys –Fokkina McDonnel, Manchester
HC - Something Harmless is Wrong –Rebecca Titus, Baltimore USA
Kevin Bailey says of the Formal poems ( i.e. poems following set forms, traditional or modern):
“Well, the judging wasn't easy. The bulk of course can be dismissed as 'worthy' but not particularly original or inspiring. My criteria are very simple – the best poems endure in the mind. Finally it was the poem I remember, the one that leaves an echo the following day, that wins.”
Oz Hardwick says of the Short poems:
“I didn’t count them, but I guess there were around ninety or so poems in this category, which accounts for a lot of blank paper. So, the first question I asked of each poem was: does it sit there, minding its own business in the top left-hand corner, or does it spread out and make that sheet of paper its own? That’s what those little words do when they’re in just the right place, and maybe around a third of the submissions passed the audition after a few re-readings.
After a couple of weeks of travelling with this unruly little band, reading them in different places, at different times of the day or night, there were five that really settled down with me, often cropping up of their own accord when I wasn’t expecting them, long after I’d stopped reading. ‘In the Bathroom’ is a small monument, undemonstrative but solid, with very deep foundations; ‘Monkeys’ hold its pain inside, though you can read it in each small movement; ‘Something Harmless is Wrong’ pulls shapes from a dash and flourish. Ultimately, though, it came down to two completely contrasting poems. ‘The Bomb Fell’ is one of those poems that may initially be dismissed as ‘broken-up prose,’ yet is a perfect example of how far that is from the truth, with each line break exactly balanced to tip into the next for maximum effect.
In many ways, it’s impossible to compare the two, but it had to be done, and ‘River’ just came out on top. Bursting with sensory intensity, it is nonetheless beautifully controlled, focused, the negatives in the first line of each of the first stanzas moving into the almost meditational observation of self I those following, and finally resolving into the revelatory celebration of the final couplet. A wonderful example of what can be done with so few words when they’re the right words, in the right places.”
17th International Poetry on the Lake Competition
Deadline: now 2nd May 2017 (last postmark or 24.00 email)
3 categories: Silver Wyvern (all forms, max 40 lines);
Short poems (max.10 lines); Formal (max 40 lines)
Theme for Silver Wyvern: Metal – may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme.
No set theme for Short & Formal categories.
Prizes: Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500.
2nd - €200; 3rd €100. Formal & Short categories: winners: €100 each
All prizewinners present at Celebration receive an object of design awarded by ALESSI
no entry form required
Entries & Fees: please note the suggested fees below, all fees are donations to the organisation and events of Poetry on the Lake. However, if you can't afford the fee, just send what you wish. Those who can, please donate generously.
UK: £8 first poem; further poems £6 each. UK cheques/BPOs only, payable to
G. Griffin-Hall. ROW: €12 first poem; 2 or more, €10 each. Pay Paypal*
Send two copies of each poem, one anonymous, the other with contact details on back, to
Poetry on the Lake - 28016 Isola San Giulio NO - Italy
£ 10 or € 12 or $ 15 first poem; further poems £8/€ 10/$12 each. Pay Paypal*, note transaction ID, copy in body of email with all contact details, subject of email 'Comp entry 2017' . Attach file/s with all poems preferably in one Word, doc or pdf file named: YOUR NAME COMP 2017, send to poetryonthelake @ yahoo.co.uk (close gaps)
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Usual competition rules apply:
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.
N.B.: Open category embraces all forms of poems providing they do not exceed 40 lines (title excluded); 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 and just because a poem has 14 lines doesn't make it a sonnet, a sonnet should have a metre and rhyme scheme.
Short: all forms not exceeding 10 lines (title excluded)
Entering the competition you automatically agree to allow Poetry on the Lake to publish on internet and/or in print placed and winning entries. However, we will ask you first for permission.
The judges' decision is final.
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 website July, winners contacted earlier
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 readings of winners & commended.
XVI Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern: closed 30th April 2016 Theme 'STAR'
Adjudicators:Anne Stewart - Kevin Bailey - Christopher North
Silver Wyvern: Sharon Black, France
1st Open Night at the Observatory - Pat Borthwick, Kirby Underdale
2nd Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin on a Hollywood Film Set - Jane Lovell, Rugby & 3rd Red Shift – Malcolm Watson, Hull
Highly Commended Leveller – Malcolm Watson, Hull Last but Not Least – Chris Considine, Plymouth
Starside - Katherine Pierpoint, Harbledown Sweep – Pat Borthwick, Kirby Underdale
SHORTLIST (in random order)
Nancy’s Star Turn – Alwyn Marriage, Guilford Agua Caliente 1978 – Malcolm Watson, Hull
The First Person to Like This – Robert Miles Voyager 1 – John R.B. Arkinson, York
A Descent – Rosamund Taylor, Dublin An Old Gourmet Spices Up Love – Rebecca Bilkau
GP’s Waiting Room – Victoria Field, Canterbury As Rarest Tanzanite – Rose Flint, Frome
Wobbles – Pat Borthwick, Kirby Underdale Five-ways – Annette Skade, Cork
Results Formal Category
Winner: 212. The Star – Carolyn King, Isle of Wight
Mabel’s Strange Predicament – Michael Coy, Malaga, Spain and The star who fell to earth – Beverly Hughes, Cardiff, Wales
Shortlist (in random order):
The Way Down – Alison Absolute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Galileo Galilei – Carole Bromley, York. Trapped – Jenna Plewes, Alvechurch Abandoned – A.C. Clarke, Glasgow. How I Wonder What You Are – Michael Swan, Oxford.
Orphic Sonnet: Breaking the Rules – Andrew Robinson, Truro. Astronomy – Michael Shann, London
Results Short poems category
Winner : Fire Pit – Sharon Black, Gardoussel, France
2nd Duality- Rachel Plummer, Edinburgh and 3rd Every Poet's Horoscope – Brian Clark, York
Short Listed: Neighbours - N.J. Hynes, London The Last Bus – Sean Burke, Milan
A Star is Born – Elisabeth Rowe, Devon
and Special Mention for comic verse, Psychoanalysis – Alison Absolute, Stratford-upon-Avon
XV International Competition for the Silver Wyvern : RESULTS
SILVER WYVERN to MICHAEL J WOODS
for his sonnet 'Cygnus'
OPEN category adjudicated by Robert Minhinnick
First: Paternal Relations by Anne Ballard, Hornsey
Second: Blackcurrants by Hilary Elfick, New Zealand
The Hunger – Rachel Plummer - Edinburgh
Leaving Gawdom by Night – Geraldine Clarkson, Leamington Spa
Long listed (in random order)
Dining with Father – Anne Ballard Coupe De Foudre – Natalie Holborow
The 9.20 to Edale – Rob Miles Small Hungers – Peter Mullineaux
La la la la etc – Peter Wyton Salsa – Alwyn Marriage
Tomato Soup – Michael Swan Meio, Ivy – Michael Swan In Their Turn – Michael Swan
Collective Works of Nature – Brian Clark The Inconstant Ones – Nancy Campbell
Rosemary Music Paper – Rosie Shepherd Balthazar Bakery – Rosie Shepherd
Christmas Eve – Isabel Bermudez La sobremesa – Isabel Bermudez
Sleeping Venus in Love – Abigail Ardelle Zammit Afflatus in my Home Town – Geraldine Clarkson
The Waiting – Seamus Harrington The Disposition of the Sun – Tim O’Leary
Revisiting Shelagh’s Way – Roger Elkin… Madame - Joan Michelson
Crumbs – Pat Borthwick Another night in…-Sam Clayden
Silk Road – Elisabeth Rowe Greek Salad – Josh Elroy Summer – Graham Burcell
SHORT POEM category Adjudicated by Kenneth Steven
1st : Military Section, Royal College of Surgeons - Aileen Ballantyne, Edinburgh
2nd : Applestar - Ann Drysdale Gwent
HC Starfish - Rachel Plummer Edinburgh A hillside - Lizzie Fincham Brighton
The Road - Brian Clark York A Treat by the Dockyard - Kay Cotton, Villebaudon, France
FORMAL POEMS category adjudicated by Kevin Bailey
Ist : Opening Time - Michael J Woods Worcester 2nd : Granny Smith - June English, Kent
Highly Commended (in random order)
Things You Have Slaughtered - Virginia Astley Time and Place - Barry Tempest
Fare - John Gallas Papillon de Nuit – Elisabeth Sennitt Clough Mayan Statue – A.C. Clarke
Others in the final pile were Chinese Restaurant, Rome – Martin Bennett, - The Angel and the Saddlebacks - Anne Boileau;
XIV International Poetry Competition
Losing Them – Anne Ballard; Bobby Sands’ Final Sonnet – Richard Westcott; Ancient Pestle - A.C. Clarke
adjudicators: Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker
RESULTS: SONNET CATEGORY
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, Somerset, for 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
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 Light - Wes Lee, Wellington, New Zealand, The Property - Jean Harrison, Settle.
A Roomful of Cupboards - Angela Croft, London; This Is What We Do - Michael Swan, Oxford;
Cutting The Pages - Kathleen 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 Mercury - Kate 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;Nightwind - Anthony 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 Hill – William Gilson, Cumbria.
SECOND PRIZE: BZH400 – Peter Duff, Ireland.
The Golden Stairs – Sarah Doyle, London; Two birds for Kabir – Maitreyabandhu, London; John Keats’ Ring – Carole Bromley, York.
SHORTLISTED (in random order)
Special Mention to F&B – Carole 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 Dictionary - Chris 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
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)
SHORT POEMS CATEGORY (148 entries)– adjudicator CHRISTOPHER NORTH
1st:Cows in the Ashmolean – Dorothy Yamamoto (Oxford) 2nd : The Bear – Katrina Naomi (London
Poetry on the Lake 11th International Competition 2011- RESULTS