17th Competition now closed.
The poems are with the adjudicators. Silver Wyvern adjudicator : Carol Ann Duffy Theme Metal: precious, base, anything metallic...interpret as wished
Formal & Short categories: no set theme,
adjudicators: Formal - Kevin Bailey ; Short - Oz Hardwick
all 3 adjudicators will read all poems in his or her category
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)
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 andjust 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
1stOpen Night at the Observatory - Pat Borthwick, Kirby Underdale
2ndHelen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin on a Hollywood Film Set - Jane Lovell, Rugby & 3rdRed Shift – Malcolm Watson, Hull
Highly Commended Leveller – Malcolm Watson, Hull Last but Not Least – Chris Considine, Plymouth
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
Commended: 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; Losing Them – Anne Ballard; Bobby Sands’ Final Sonnet – Richard Westcott; Ancient Pestle - A.C. Clarke
XIV International Poetry Competition 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, Leedsfor 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
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
SILVER WYVERN WINNER
The song of the woman who wanted a train
Diana Pooley, London
RUNNER-UP: Fossil record - Wayne Price, Aberdeen
COMMENDED Lithium lovesong - Lydia Macpherson, Babraham The Gift - Sharon Black, St André de Valborgne Black Book of Warwick – Lynne Wycherley, Kidlington Sold - Pat Borthwick, Kirby Underdale
WINNER: Inclined to envy woodlice – Chris Considine, Plymouth RUNNER-UP: Returning - Donna Pucciani, Illinois , USA
COMMENDED 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
COMMENDED 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'
Panel of adjudicators:
Don Paterson chose the winners of all three categories from lists drawn up by Anne Stewart and Oz Hardwick.
Results of competition 2010
adjudicators: 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,
Archetypes - Lucius Redman
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'