Andrew McMillan has chosen Liz Lefroy‘s poem ‘This Is Not To Exaggerate’ as the winner of this year’s Cafe Writers Poetry Competition from very close to 2,000 poems entered. Poetry Society Members Suzanna Fitzpatrick and Christian Wethered were chosen as second and third prize-winners respectively, with Society Member Elizabeth Soule winning the Funniest Poem category.
There were Society Members among the Commended poets too: Jeremy Dixon, Ama Bolton, Sarah Doyle, and Katy Evans-Bush. Sarah Fletcher, a former Foyle Young Poet, received an Honorary Commendation.
Results in full
1st £1,000 Liz Lefroy – This Is Not To Exaggerate
2nd £300 Suzanne Fitzpatrick – Afterbirth
3rd £200 Christian Wethered – Lethe
Funniest Poem £100 Elizabeth Soule – Water Music
Norfolk Prize £100 Emily Willis – Steelworks, Redcar
Commended £50 Each
Jeremy Dixon Arms Park
Sue Rose Grey Morning
Ama Bolton After The Comet
Sarah Doyle Sea Salt Sleep
Katy Evans-Bush Love Poem to the Great Houdini
Joe Caldwell Mid-morning, twenty six degrees
And a new category invented by Andrew McMillan , for three poems that didn’t quite make the money prizes, but deserved a mention.
Day Mattar O My God Sex
Sarah Fletcher Wives and Girlfriends
Toby Campion Learning to Drive
23 January 2017