Plough Prize Results

So much success for Poetry Society Members in this years Plough Prize, in both the Open and Short Poem sections. This year it was judged by Pascale Petit.

Dena Fakhro was second in the Open Poetry Competition (won by Cynthia Miller, with Robbie Frazer third) for her poem ‘Courtship’, and Paul Stephenson was Highly Commended. 

Pascale said of Dena’s poem

‘Courtship’ has a slow burn, gathering momentum and intensity, until it’s about so much more than a first cigarette. It’s relentless in involving the reader, all senses firing, into the narrator’s heady ritual. By the time I got to “It blew wars into my mouth” I felt I was in the thrall of the poem, taken by surprise into its depths and those depths have duende and terror.

Deborah Harvey won the Short Poem Competition with ‘Oystercatchers’ and Robert Powell was second with ‘Testament’. Stephen Boyce was Highly Commended for two poems.

The shortlist for the Open category includes Poetry Society Members Maria Isakova Bennett, Ama Bolton, Stephen Boyce (again), Jane Burn (for two poems), Jo Burns, Ian Royce Chamberlain (for two poems), Cherry Doyle, Joanne Key, Alastair Llewellyn-Smith, Jo Peters, Di Slaney, Paul Stephenson (again), and Rod Whitworth

The shortlist in the Short Poem category includes Poetry Society Members Stephen Boyce (again, for two poems), Michael Brown (for two poems), Jane Burn (again), Ian Royce Chamberlain (again), Brian Clark, Rowena Cooper, Adele Cordner, Carol Dalton, Mark Fiddes, Jill Munro, Sue Norton, Jo Peters (again), Jenna Plewes (for two poems), and Natalie Whittaker. Laura Purcell, who was a runner-up in the Foyle Young Poet Competition in 2012, was also shortlisted.

The Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for a poem up to 40 lines on any subject.  Through creative partnerships the Plough Arts Centre is a welcoming and dynamic venue for artistic expression and education, responsive to the needs of the local community and a beacon for the arts across North Devon – visible and valued throughout the South West.

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12 April 2019