Congratulations to Dawn Gorman, the winner of the 2019 Brian Dempsey Pamphlet Prize, judged by Anna Saunders. Dawn will be offered publication of a 36-page pamphlet of her poems, including 20 copies, and £100 cash. Congratulations, too, to Poetry Society Member Derek Adams, one of three other poets on the shortlist.
In the Individual Poem prize, Anna picked Fiona Cartwright as the winner for her poem ‘The Astronomer’s Children’, with Poetry Society Members Terry Jones (‘The Gooseberry Bush’) and Steven Jackson (‘Whittler’) in second and third place.
Among the shortlisted poets are Poetry Society Members Derek Adams (again), Amy Archer-Williams, Carole Bromley, Tony Earnshaw, Marilyn Francis, Karen Izod, Eve Jackson, Joan Michelson, M E Muir, Jenna Plewes, Ben Ray, Shirley Redpath, Jeff Skinner, Kathryn Southworth, Peter Taylor, Dennis Tomlinson, Mariam Varsimashvili, Anthony Watts, Jules Whiting, and Damon Young.
The winners will be presented with their prizes at the launch of the What the Peacock Replied Competition Anthology, which will feature poems from all the winners and shortlisted poets, on 2 September 2019 at the Keep, 29 Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3UW.
Anna Saunders is the founder of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. She is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Ghosting for Beginners (Indigo Dreams).
The competition is organised each spring by independent poetry publishers Dempsey and Windle, editors and artwork designers. They design and publish poetry collections, anthologies and pamphlets, and also hold a competition for Surrey poets with a prize-giving on National Poetry Day.
8 July 2019