2021 International Poetry Competition
closed 30th April 2021. Results HERE
JUDGE: JAMES HARPUR
2021 - 2nd Competition for Short Stories & Poems
JUDGE: author and poet D.M.Thomas
Short stories and poems: closes 31st July 2021
No word or line limit - but be sure not to lose the judges' attention!
Theme: Haunted. Yes, uneasy stories & poems, too, for winter reading!
Prize: €200 (story). €100 poem. Winners may read at October Celebration on Lake Orta.
Stories and poems may have already been published (e.g. in small anthologies with limited public) providing author retains copyright and has not received a previous cash prize or payment.
We intend to publish an anthology of the best entries in time for winter 2021. Authors will be asked for permission first, and contributors will receive a complimentary copy. Copies may be purchased at a reduced price for all competition entrants.
Fees: First story or poem €12 , then €8.
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2020 1st Short story Competition
CLOSED 31st December 2020 RESULTS & JUDGE'S REPORT HERE
The anthology of selected stories 'Off Centre' may be bought from poetryonthelake @ yahoo.co.uk Price 15 euro + postage; special price for entrants to this 1st competition 8,50 euro + postage
Last year's winning poems HERE
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19th International Competition CLOSED 31st March 2019.
(To read winning poems 2019 (and 2018), click here)
SILVER WYVERN - Results 2019 - Adjudicator: Paul Henry
Silver Wyvern + 500 euro 1st prize: ‘Rower, Battersea Lake’ by Helena Goddard, Tewkesbury
2nd prize - 200 euro : ‘Dead in the Water’ by Graham Burchell, Devon
‘Hautdesert Terminus’ by Oz Hardwick, York
‘Cornering the French Horn’ by Roger Elkin, Biddulph Moor
‘Chocolate Waltz’ by Alex de Verteuil, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
‘Balance’ by Michael Swan, Oxford
‘Was that you?’ by Bridget Frost, Limekilns
‘Vernal Equinox’ by Patrick Lodge, Yorks
‘Of Fire and Water’ by Mary Gilonne, Pourrières, France
‘Muscovy Ducks’ by Virginia Griem. Kinsteignton
‘Au Moulin de la Galette’ by Derek Sellen, Canterbury
‘At the Chapel of Apparitions’ by Olivia Dawson, Sintra, Portugal
FORMAL CATEGORY - adjudicator Kevin Bailey
Winner - 100 euro : What will survive of us by Ian Royce Chamberlain, Teignmouth
Highly Commended: When the trees were still dangerous by Paul Nash, Dublin
Shortlisted by Paul Henry:
The Unburdening by Peter Duff, Ireland
The isolation of the long distance runner, Carolyn King, Isle of Wight
The Mission by Peter Duff, Ireland
Caesium lioness by Chris Scriven, Weymouth
'SPIRIT' - adjudicator Paul Henry
Best poem overall inspired by the theme 'Spirit'
winner (100 euro)‘Mardale Common’ by Erica Bell, Surrey
LONGLIST OF ALL 361 POEMS 2019 DRAWN UP BY KEVIN BAILEY AND GARY BILLS
IN RANDOM ORDER
Stone Star - What will survive of us... -The rituals of others - Lady Cooper Parvenue - The moon yawns and keeps yawning - Climate of Opinion - Hautdesert Terminus - Paris Blues: Global Warning - Au Moulin de la Galette - in our family house - Me, Tammy Wynette, Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx and Adele – Balance - Special Delivery - Without words - A fishy thing the soul - Of fire and water - Instead, think of this - Rower, Battersea Lake - In Loudhams Wood - Dead in the water - At the Chapel of Apparitions - Was that you? - perhaps a manifestation of Buddha - Life in three bags – Revenant - Malus - Meeting a monster in Anglesey - In the Flit of a Wing - The Isolation of the Long-Distance Runner - Caesium Lioness - see you around - Meili Su - The Silver Cord - The Unburdening - The Mission - Green Flash - Vernal Equinox – Responsibility - Chocolate Waltz - Cornering the French Horn - Unknown Young man with a background of flame –Fava leaves - Killing Inside the Wall - This winter - Evening - Muscovy Ducks - Mardale Common - When the trees were still dangerous
Adjudicators: Paul Henry - Kevin Bailey - Gary Bills