Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s poetry contest. We received a wonderful variety of entries from countries all around the world, and it was a pleasure to read each and every one of your poems. After much deliberation and several meetings, our four judges finally agreed on their shortlist of twelve.
Huge congratulations if your poem is on the list, and commiserations if it isn’t – there were many great poems which just missed making the final twelve!
THE SHORTLIST (in alphabetical order)
Choosing Mother’s Last Flowers – Marina Sánchez
Death Came Twice – Caroline Vaughan
First of November – Virginia Ramos
For Winter – Sarah Leavesley
Funeral Plan – David Bleiman
Instructions for My Death – Keith Jarrett
Overgrown – Sarah Leavesley
Perhaps Death Means Coming Back to Your Mother – Mabel Encinas
Sussex – Mark Totterdell
The Cygnet – Lee Nash
Three Postcards From Havana – Mandy MacDonald
Uncle Pedro – Lester Gómez
Winners to be announced at the end of September 2022.
Watch this space.
We’d like to thank the judges – Adam Feinstein, Bethany Rivers, Maria Eugenia Bravo-Calderara and Amanda Huggins – for all their hard work. You’ll be pleased to hear that they have also had a final meeting to choose the three prizewinning poems, and in addition they have awarded two Special Mentions. An announcement will be made in September, shortly after the winners have been notified, along with a full report from the judges. So do keep checking our social media and this website for more news!
Thank you again for trusting us with your work – and keep sending it out into the world!