Poetry on the Lake XIII International Poetry Competition is now closed. Results at the latest in July.
Winners and Commended will be informed, all results on this site.
In the meantime, why not enter
Poets Meet Painters competition 2013 (incorporating a new Mill Cove Poetry Award).
a competition for poems inspired by works of art exhibited or sponsored by Mill Cove Gallery and Sculpture Garden. The competition will be judged by Leanne O'Sullivan.
First prize of €200, and a Mill Cove Gallery award for a poem inspired by a ceramic work.
closing date: 17 June 2013. For full details of the competition and how to enter, visit
* 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. EntryFee: £4 each £10 for three, £3 thereafter.
Adjudicator is Roger Elkin http://www.dawngorman.co.uk/Competition_2013.html
XIII International Poetry Competition closed 22nd April 2013 2013 theme was'Metal' (any reference from Gold to Goldilocks, from tins to leaden skies)
adjudicators: Anne-Marie Fyfe (Open); Imtiaz Dharker (Short); Kevin Bailey (Formal)
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
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.
Short: 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.
OPEN CATEGORY (272 entries)– adjudicator GILLIAN CLARKE
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 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.
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 Black Book of Warwick – Lynne Wycherley, Kidlington
Sold - Pat Borthwick, Kirby Underdale
The Gift - Sharon Black, St André de Valborgne
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'
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
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'