Overall winner receives the Silver Wyvern & €500
Open category = €200, Formal = €100, Short= €100
3 categories: Open (max 40 lines), Formal (max 40), Short (max 10 lines)
Mark category top right of each page. The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry.
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Postal entries: UK: £8 for one poem; 2 or more £6 each. Send two copies of each poem, one anonymous, the other with contact details on back, to
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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. 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 40 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. N.b. just because a poem has 14 lines doesn't make it a sonnet. A sonnet should have a metre and/or rhyme scheme.
Short: all forms not exceeding 10 lines
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winning entries. However, we will ask you first for permission.
The judges' decision is final.
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
The poem is a vivid and even poignant memoir, in which real lives are captured by fine phrase-making. Indeed, a whole era evoked:
Second: Blackcurrants by Hilary Elfick, New Zealand
This is a food-inspired memory successful in summoning a scene, indeed an era. The last line has a fine musicality- “that Summer / which became for me all summers since.”
The Hunger – Rachel Plummer - Edinburgh
a glimpse of modern life and a relationship. ‘‘The Hunger’ is powerful in its own way.
Leaving Glawdom by Night – Geraldine Clarkson, Leamington Spa
Peculiar yet worthwhile. (I note how ‘kilometre’ has yet to attain the psychic power of ‘mile’ – or does this simply date me? Surreal, And yet… intriguing.”
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
“Some lovely things here: generally a very high standard! I took everything to my cabin to read and read again: I wanted to beabsolutely sure I was content with my final selection. I feel so now!”
1st : Military Section, Royal College of Surgeons - Aileen Ballantyne, Edinburgh
2nd : Applestar - Ann Drysdale Gwent HC Starfish - Rachel Plummer Edinburgh HC A hillside - Lizzie Fincham Brighton
Commended: The Road - Brian Clark York Commended: A Treat by the Dockyard - Kay Cotton, Villebaudon, France
FORMAL POEMS category adjudicated by Kevin Bailey
“This was quite difficult to judge as the standard was above average and I dithered a lot… I liked a lot of them and could have filled an issue of HQ with many of these poems,”
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
Note from organiser: there were a number of poems 14 lines long entered into the Formal category that had no recognisable form, metre or rhyme scheme, but intended, I imagine, to class as sonnets. The Formal poems category is exactly that, i.e. we expect to receive poems having a distinct form, traditional or modern as it may be. Not all 14-line poems are automatically sonnets, however much modern thinking may push the boundaries.. Some very good poems of 14 lines should have been entered into the Open category.
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.”
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
COMMENT BY ORGANISER
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. EntryFee: £4 each £10 for three, £3 thereafter.
Adjudicator is Roger Elkin http://www.dawngorman.co.uk/Competition_2013.html
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'