Daljit Nagra has chosen his winner for this year’s Café Writers Competition.
“I loved judging this competition that gave me a portal into Britain and abroad. There were many well written and imaginative entries that showed a respect for the craft of verse while pushing at the boundaries of form to create fresh poetry. Well done to the organisers for winning over so many exciting poets to enter this prestigious competition. There were many good entries that missed out on the prizes, and hopefully those hundreds of poets will not be discouraged from entering this exciting competition again next year. The standard between first prize and missing out altogether is very small!”
The winner is Samuel Prince for ‘Black Mamba Economics’, with Gillian Barker and Caroline King taking second and third prize places. Poetry Society Member Jenny Morris won the Norfolk Prize and fellow Members Christopher North, Isabella Mead and Jane Wilkinson were among the Commended poets.
1st Prize £1,000 – Samuel Prince
Black Mamba Economics
2nd Prize £300 – Gillian Barker
3rd Prize £200 – Caroline King
Dasein: being in the world
Norfolk Prize Winner £100 – Jenny Morris
Commended £50 each
From Woodstock to Mametz – Christopher North
Change – Isabella Mead
The bottle factory – Jane Wilkinson
Plastic Doll – Alison Stewart
Granddaughter – John Vaughan
1 February 2019