Carole Bromley & Cheryl Moskowitz Commended in Caterpillar Poetry Prize

This year’s judge, Brian Moses, has commended poems by Poetry Society Members Carole Bromley and Cheryl Moskowitz in this year’s Caterpillar Poetry Prize, won by Andrew Weale and his poem ‘Wonder-pudderful’.

The prize is for a single unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). Previous winners include Laura Mucha, Louise Greig and Coral Rumble. The winner receives €1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar.

Commended poems:

Mrs Featherstone’s Daughter by Carole Bromley
Carole Bromley has three collections with Smith/Doorstop, the most recent being a children’s collection, Blast Off! This is the third time Carole has been commended in The Caterpillar Poetry Prize. She is currently working on a second book of poetry for children.

The Wild Woods of Summer by Cheryl Moskowitz
Cheryl Moskowitz has led courses for the Poetry School and teaches on the Creative Writing BA at the University of East London. Publications include a collection of poetry for adults and one for children, and a novel, Wyoming Trail, published by Granta.

The Giant’s Widow by Michael O’Connor
Michael O’Connor teaches at St Nicholas Montessori College, Dun Laoghaire. He has four adult children and one granddaughter. He lives in Ballybrack, Co Dublin.

The Troublesome Comma by Chris Owen
Chris Owen hails from Sussex in England. A former radio journalist and newsreader, he migrated to Perth in 2003, where he changed careers to become a primary school teacher. He is the author of two books for children, and was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award.

A Collection of Fleas by Heather F. Reid
Heather F Reid lives near Perth, Scotland with her rescue dog and two crazy cats. She was once chased by a very angry elephant. Some of her scribblings can be found at

For the Losers by William Sharff
Billy Sharff lives in the woods of New Hampshire, where he writes stories and poems that are usually too silly to be published.

Moo and What’s Mine by Robert Schechter
Robert Schechter’s poems for children have been published in The Caterpillar, Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug and many anthologies. He also writes for adults. You can learn more about him at

The Wall by Susie Weber
Susie Weber is a writer and educator. She lives with her husband and twin 11-year-old daughters in Boulder, Colorado where they enjoy reading good writing and playing outdoors.

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11 June 2019