Mary-Jane Holmes wins Bridport Prize

Mary-Jane Holmes is the winner of this year’s Bridport Prize for poetry, with her winning poem ‘Siren Call’, judged by Lemn Sissay. Mary-Jane was also winner of the Bedford International Poetry Competition earlier this year.

Good news too for Society Member Graham Burchell, who was third (Graham was the winner of The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2015), and for fellow Members Claudia Daventry, Julia Bell, and Victoria Richards, all Highly Commended. There are many, many Poetry Society Members on the shortlists too – too many to list here, but click on the link to see the names in full.

The Results

1st Siren Call – Mary-Jane Holmes, Middleton-in-Teesdale

2nd River Climber – Simon Murphy, Bristol

3rd Resurrection – Graham Burchell, Rattery, Devon


Highly Commended (alphabetical by title)

Advice for Daughters – Claudia Daventry, St. Andrews, Fife

Ectopic pregnancy – Maresa Sheehan, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ire.

Ghazal of Mourning – Susan Zatland, Gerrards Cross, Bucks

I am pig – Charlie Mountford, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Niece comes out of the attic – Michelle Lovric, London

Nightwalking – Julia Bell, London

Painting a sun-room an off-white – David Forest Hitchcock, Fayetteville, NY, USA

Rough – Claire Williamson, Bristol

Stone – Isabelle McNeill, Cambridge

Unthinkably I leave you – Victoria Richards, London


Read more: the winners and the shortlist

7 November 2017