Poetry Society Members dominate the Poetry on the Lake competition

Orta San Giulio

Poetry Society Members have won all three categories in this year’s Poetry on the Lake Competition.

Jane Burn has won the Silver Wyvern Open Competition, with fellow Members Sarah Barr and Christopher North second and third, and Scott Elder among the Highly Commended poets.

The judge, Fred Johnston, said:

It was difficult to arrive at a shortlist, as overall, the quality and standard of the submitted poems was very high. It was clear even after a first reading that the authors were acquainted with poetry, that they knew the difference between poetry and prose, which is not always a predictable occurrence. I would certainly have to commend strongly the poems on the shortlist which were not eventually ‘placed.’ If one were editing a poetry journal, there could hardly be any objection to publishing these. In the end, however, a decision had to be reached.

Anne Ballard wins the Formal category (traditional set rhyme and/or metric patterns), with fellow Member Janet Lees Highly Commended. 

Maggie Butt wins the Short poem category (maximim ten lines), with fellow Member Natalie Whittaker in second place.

The results in full:

Silver Wyvern

  • 1st – My Dawtie Jane Burn , County Durham
  • 2nd – Dartmoor Snow Sarah Barr, Dorset
  • 3rd – The Topiary of Passchendaele Village – Christopher North, Alicante, Spain
  • HC – The Hard Rules of Seawater Abigail Ardelle Zammit, Lija, Malta
  • HC – For the Mending Lani O’ Hanlon, Sean Phobal, Ireland.
  • HC – Rock Garden at Midnight Scott Elder, Saint Priest des Champs, France

Formal Poem Category, judged by Kevin Bailey, founder/editor HQ Poetry Magazine

  • 1st – Anne Ballard, Edinburgh Aubade
  • 2nd – Peter Duff, Co. Dublin If I don’t burn
  • HC – Peter Duff, Co.Dublin Sleep
  • HC – Belinda Weir, Lancaster It’s a wondeful life
  • HC – Janet Lees, Isle of Man Wake up and smell the coffee

Short Poem Category, judged by Kevin Bailey, founder/editor HQ Poetry Magazine

  • 1st – Maggie Butt. London Now I must be
  • 2nd – Natalie Whittaker, Kent Winter landscape with skaters
  • HC – Ian Royce Chamberlain Certificate PG

Poetry on the Lake was founded in 2001 by the director and organizer Gabriel Griffin. Since 2001, Kevin Bailey has co-organised and judged at the annual Poetry on the Lake festival held at Orta San Giulio in Italy. Annual events include the spring international poetry competition, and the autumn celebration described by Carol Ann Duffy as “perhaps the smallest but possibly the most perfect poetry festival in the world”. 

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2 July 2018