Surreal cities members’ competition winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the autumn Poetry News members’ poems competition, on the theme of ‘Surreal cities’, judged by John McCullough. The winners are Poetry Society members David Bleiman, Genevieve Carver, Tim Kiely, Alexandra McCauley, Patrick Maddock and Laurie Smith.

John McCullough

“The standard of the 602 entries I read for this competition was very high, with many imaginative poems journeying to thrillingly unfamiliar places,” said John McCullough. He praised the poems for brilliantly conveying the city-dwellers’ experience of a shared reality, bombarded by outside forces, and their yearnings for connection.

You can read all of the winning ‘Surreal cities’ poems in the latest issue of The Poetry Society newspaper, Poetry News, and on the Members’ poem competitions page. Look out, too, for videos of the poets reading their ‘Surreal cities’ poems, which will be made available online over the coming weeks.

Poetry Society members are now invited to send their poems for the Poetry News winter competition. The judge will be Sujata Bhatt, who has set the theme of ‘Survival & extinction’. The deadline for entries is 1 November 2021 and members can enter online via The Poetry Society’s Submittable portal.

28 September 2021