XIV International Poetry Competition adjudicators: Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker
Deadline: 28th April 2014. Theme 'Weather' max 50 lines “Poets are always taking the weather so personally.” J.D. Salinger
Be inspired by weather, good or bad, or just make a reference (e.g. 'a sunny disposition', 'he stormed in' )
Silver Wyvern & €500 to winner
2nd €200 Prize for best sonnet €100
other prizes to those Commended who read at the Awards in October
New guidelines* & rules**, those who entered past comps please note.
No separate categories this year, except for sonnets
*CHOOSE A PEN NAME (Name, phrase, number, whatever)
Postal entries: £6 per poem (£15 x 3, then £5) or €10 (€20 x 3 ). 2 copies of each poem, both with pen name only; put contact details, titles, fee in sealed envelope with just pen name & poem titles on outside. Only UK cheques or (crossed) POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall),
Euro/dollars: pay Paypal (Donation button below) or send euro/$ notes (wrap in silver foil).
SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio, 28016 Orta NO, Italy
Email entries: first pay Paypal £8 or €11 or $15 per poem.
(Donations button below, you do not need a Paypal account, you can pay with a credit card), note transaction ID and send in attachment with contact details, titles of poems, pen name. Send poem/s marked with pen name, all poems preferably in one file, as second attachment. Fees: mail to firstname.lastname@example.org line: 2014 comp, N.B. It costs more to send email entries than it does to send postal entries - this is because it costs us more to download and print in terms of paper, cartridges, time and energy!
**Entrants must be over 16 years old. Poems must be in English.
Poems must be unpublished and not have won a prize previously.
Maximum lines - 50
No poems will be returned so keep copies.
We may print an anthology of selected poems, this depends on funds. Copyright remains with the author. In the event of a poem being chosen for an anthology, we contact the author first for permission, however prize winners automatically agree to publication by entering.
We will acknowledge receipt of email entries.
All results will be on this website in July, winners and commended will be notified.
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
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'