Samuel Prince wins Cafe Writers Competition

Samuel Prince
Samuel Prince

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

Quiet Voice

Commended £50 each

From Woodstock to Mametz – Christopher North

Change – Isabella Mead

The bottle factory – Jane Wilkinson

Plastic Doll – Alison Stewart

Granddaughter – John Vaughan

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1 February 2019