Waltham Forest Poetry Competition results

Jane Wilkinson, second in Waltham Forest Poetry Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Poetry Society Members who were successful in the inaugural Waltham Forest Poetry Competition, judged by Meryl Pugh, on the theme of ‘A Bright Future’. In the Adult competition 437 poems were received from 223 poets, and in the Young Poet section, 84 poems from 54 poets.

Poetry Society Member Jane Wilkinson from Norwich was second and wins £200 for her poem ‘Lichen!’ – Jane was also commended for ‘Not black at all’. The overall winner was Robert Keeler, New York, with Tammy Armstrong, Novia Scotia, third.

There were a number of Poetry Society Members who were Commended, including Christopher North, Mark Fiddes, Jenny Mitchell – for two poems, Michael Brown, and Tania Hershman.

Member Angelena Demaria was second in the Local Prize, for poets who work, live or study in Waltham Forest. The prize was won by Tim Scott, with Sarala Estruch third.

Shaw Worth, who was Commended as a Foyle Young Poet last year, was also Commended in the Young Poets prize won by Katherine Wu (Hong Kong).

Full results:

  • The winner is Robert Keeler, Washington, USA, for ‘The Animal Communicator’. Robert receives £300 and Poetry Society Membership.
  • In second place is Jane Wilkinson, Norwich, for ‘Lichen!’. Jane receives £200.
  • In third place is Tammy Armstrong, Novia Scotia, Canada, for ‘We Spent the Summer on Islands‘. Tammy receives £100.



LOCAL PRIZE, for poets who live, work or study in Waltham Forest

YOUNG POETS CATEGORY for poets under the age of 18

  • 1st: ‘Black Hair‘ by Katherine Wu, Hong Kong, who wins £50 and Poetry Society Youth Membership
  • 2nd: ‘Rome‘ by Vivian DeRosa, New Jersey, USA, who wins £30
  • 3rd: ‘the gaps between the houses’ by Kate Lucas, London E17


  • Free Fall‘ by U Salar
  • love‘ by Kacper Niburski, Quebec, Canada


TOP LOCAL YOUNG POET – for poets who study in Waltham Forest

  • E4 Future’ by Amira Campbell, who wins £10

All poems will appear in a prize winners’ anthology. The awards ceremony takes place on the evening of Monday 29 October at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre pub in Walthamstow, London. Meryl Pugh will be there to present the prizes and there’ll also be an open mic on the theme of ‘A Bright Future’. 

In 2019, Waltham Forest will be London’s Borough of Culture.

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2 October 2018