Competition 2017

"Hope to me is anticipation which to me is embracing the unknown which to me is discovery which to me is being led somewhere that can be returned from. I hope to read some hopeful poems for the comp!'" 
~ Daljit Nagra

We are delighted to announce that Paul Stephenson is the winner of the Poetry Book Fair 2017 competition on the theme of 'hope', as judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams and Special Guest judge Daljit Nagra.

Nagra said of this year’s entries: "There was a very high standard of entrants that showed a range of talented poets writing poems with a gleam and a wink, but only one poem could be the winner."

Paul Stephenson won for his poem 'One Year'.

The three runners-up are: Rhiannon Hooson for ‘Weathering’, Kirsten Irving for ‘Otter’, and Helen Moore for ‘Dandelion’.

To see these fantastic prizewinning poems, come along to the Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall, where they will be on display throughout the day.

The Prizewinners' Reading will be held at Conway Hall at 7 pm, kicking off the Evening Do. (Entry to this, and all Poetry Book Fair events, is free.)

Congratulations to our four prizewinners, as well as to everyone who entered the competition and made the judges’ decision so difficult!