Love Poems Published in Young Poets Network’s Most Popular Challenge Ever

The Poetry Society is delighted to announce the winners of its Young Poets Network’s love poetry challenge, which received more entries than any other challenge in its eleven-year history.

Two illustrated characters: a woman with a goat's head stands akimbo, and a figure whose top half is a moose stands with hand on hipSince 2011, Young Poets Network has run nearly 150 writing challenges for writers aged 25 and younger worldwide, offering writing prompts, resources to develop their craft, and a chance to submit their work on particular themes. Find out more about the history of the Young Poets Network here.

The recent challenge to write love poems – about all kinds of love, from the romantic to the familial – launched in December 2021 and closed in February 2022. The challenge inspired an impressive 982 entries from 563 poets, based in 49 countries across the world, including the UK’s four nations. This figure tops the recent After Sylvia challenge, which became the most popular challenge last month, having inspired 795 new poems written after Sylvia Plath in her 90th anniversary year.

Congratulations to the winning poets:
1st prize: Walk to a Post Box by Anjali Mulcock
2nd prize: Portrait by Sinéad O’Reilly
3rd prize: Yellow by Zinnia Hansen

Commended:
Love For My Mom Bottled In A Car Under Christmas Lights by Brooke Nind
my socialist soul of a dad by Emily Moscrop
Listen, I love you. Joy is coming. by Hannah Hodgson
Echoes by Violetta Dacre
You dumped me with a ‘sorry chicken x’, so I stole your Nando’s voucher by A.C.L.

Congratulations, too, to the longlisted poets: Miriam Alex, Chloe Bettles, Robin Fox, Kaycee Hill, Bethany McNeill, Kate Moore, Matthew Robson and Sophie Shao.

The winning poems are published on Young Poets Network, where you can also find prompts and resources to write your own love poems.

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27 April 2022