Joan Butler has won the 2016 Sonnet or Not competition, run annually by Cannon Poets. Among the Commended poets were a number of Poetry Society Members including Nicky Phillips, Sarah Doyle, Doreen Hinchliffe, Victoria Gatehouse, Keith Hutson, and Rachel Plummer. Former Foyle Young Poet winner Chloe Orrock was also commended.
Poets were invited to write a poem or poems of just fourteen lines in length. First prize was £500, second £250 and third price £125.
Cannon Poets have met monthly since 1983 and encourage poetry writing through workshops run by members or visitors; break-out groups where poems are subjected to supportive peer groups scrutiny; ten minute slots where members read a selection of their poems to the whole group and through publication in quarterly journal, The Cannon’s Mouth.
21 December 2016