Sharon Black wins Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition

Sharon Black

Poetry Society Member Sharon Black has added to a string of recent successes with victory in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition. So far this year, Sharon was a 2017 Mslexia Poetry Competition finalist, Highly Commended in the National Memory Day Best Poem Prize, and a winner in the autumn Poetry News ‘Freedom’ competition. Sharon’s poem ‘Eggs’ was picked by picked by judge Jane Commane, editor at Nine Arches Press, and co-editor on Under the Radar magazine.

Poetry Society Members Estelle Goodwin, Maria Isakova-Bennett and Diane Mulholland were among the Highly Commended poets.

Winners and Runners-up

First Prize (£450 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2017)
‘Eggs’ – Sharon Black

Second Prize (£250)
‘A man rakes ash from an oven with a shovel’ – Sally Davis

Third Prize (£150)
‘To Our Lady Undoer of Knots’ – Charlie Annis

Highly Commended (In no particular order)

‘Her wrist’ – Estelle Goodwin
‘Learning to Crawl’ – Julian Dobson
‘Möbius Strip’ – Paul Munden
‘Qalb’ – Maria Isakova-Bennett
‘Surrogacy’ – Cynthia Miller
‘The Jazzman’ – Diane Mulholland
‘The God of Small Things’ – Wendy Pratt

The prize-giving took place at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday 10 October. The winning poem will be published in the November edition of Cathedral News. The three prize-winning poems and the highly commended poetry will be published in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2017 booklet. Any profits from the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition go to the Booth Centre charity.

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18 October 2017