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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!