About

performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. As well as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, The Poetry Society runs the National Poetry

Julie-ann Rowell

also commended in the BT Section of the National Poetry Competition 2000, and the Bridport Prize, shortlisted in the Open Poetry International Sonnet Competition, Wells Festival Poetry Competition, Writer’s Inc,…

Peter Wallis

Peter Wallis is three times winner of the Thetford Open Poetry Competition, winner of the Living With Dementia Poetry Competition 2013, and of the Barnet Poetry Competition 2015. He also…

Fran Lock

the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition, the 2015 Out Spoken Poetry Prize, and the 2016 Yeats Poetry Prize. She won third prize and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2014 and…

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2009. She was born in Yorkshire and studied at the University of York. She published ten poetry collections, including her…

Rob Miles

competitions including the Bridport, Guernsey, Wenlock, York, and Ilkley literature festivals, Live Canon, the Silver Wyvern, the Paterson/Poetry School, the Gregory O’Donoghue, and several times in the National Poetry Competition….

John Ashbery

…Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (2007), which was awarded the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) won the three major American prizes –…

Rodney Pybus

…grant; 1st prize, Peterloo International Poetry Competition; major prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Arvon International Poetry Competition. His latest poetry collection is Darkness Inside Out (Carcanet, 2012)….

Mary Jean Chan

…Prize, the 2017 Psychoanalysis and Poetry Competition, and the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL), and she was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She…

Joelle Taylor

performed her poetry nationally and internationally and is the host of Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and music night. Her most recent collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me (Out-Spoken Press) was…

Melanie Drane

Melanie Drane is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2005. Coming from Durham, North Carolina, she is the first international writer to win the competition. For many years poetry

Josephine Abbot

Midlands Bursary, Lancaster LitFest 2000, a runner-up prize in the Bridport Competition 2009 and a commendation in the National Poetry Competition 1999. Her collection Trying Not To Levitate was published by Blinking Eye…

Sally Goldsmith

There Yet?, was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2013. She is also published in The Poetry Review, Poetry News, The North, Magma, MsLexia and the 2006 Arvon International Poetry Competition anthology….

Robert Saxton

Keats-Shelley Memorial Association’s poetry prize for ‘The Nightingale Broadcasts’. He has won commendations in recent years in the National Poetry Competition, the Poetry London Competition and the Troubadour Poetry Competition….

Paula Bohince

Paula Bohince, who won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is the author of two poetry collections, both from Sarabande: The Children and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods….

Joanne Key

fragments of life, water, landscapes and ideas of imaginary worlds. She has yet to publish a first collection. She won second prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott won the National Poetry Competition in 1985 and 1991. Her collections include: Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, Phrase Book…

Kristiina Ehin

awarded the British Poetry Society Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation, and The Scent of Your Shadow (Arc, 2010) is a British Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation. 1001 Winters,…

John Lyons

Poets Afro-Caribbean and Asian prize; a commendation in the National Poetry Competition, and in the Peterloo Poetry Competition. His latest collections are Cook-Up in a Trini Kitchen (Peepal Tree, 2009)…

Matt Barnard

competitions in 2006, and his poem was ‘Learning Magic’ was selected for Poetry News  Members’ Poems competition in 2015. In 2015, he also won the Ink Tears national short story competition with…

Eliot North

…Prize 2014 and has appeared in Firewords Quarterly. She is currently looking to publish her first poetry pamphlet Suture Lines. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Jane Lovell

the Wenlock Poetry Prize. She holds awards in the Poetry on the Lake, Segora and Wisehouse competitions and the Bare Fiction Prize. Most recently Jane won the South Downs Poetry

Sarah Howe

…Festival Hall. In 2015-16, she will be based at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.  Sarah was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000, and judged the 2015 National Poetry Competition….

Denise Bennett

Denise Bennett has an MA in creative writing (poetry) and teaches FE classes in this subject. She won the Havant Literary Festival poetry competition in 2014 and the Hastings Poetry

Sophie Fenella Robinski

Paper, and leads workshops on writing and performing poetry for all ages. Sophie was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live…

Anthony Anaxagorou

school in Barnet where he teaches poetry. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing…

Chris Agee

Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University Press,…

Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow won the 2006 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Third Wife’. He won the Ledbury Competition in 2005 and the Amnesty International competition in 2002. His first…

Peter Daniels

…in the 2010 TLS Poetry Competition, the 2010 Ver Poets Competition, the 2008 Arvon competition, the 2002 Ledbury competition, and was twice a winner in the Poetry Business pamphlet competition….

Charles Evans

Poetry Life and several anthologies, and he has won awards in local and national poetry competitions. Evans won second prize and was also commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. …

Jason Watts

…on the Isle of Arran with his wife Anne and daughter Connie, where he works as a self-employed handyman. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Caroline Carver

Caroline Carver’s work is influenced by her earlier life in Bermuda, Jamaica and Canada. She won the National Poetry Competition in 1998 and was commended in the National Poetry Competition

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Carolyn Jess-Cooke, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is a poet and novelist from Belfast. Her fiction is published in 22 languages and her second poetry collection BOOM!, about…

Gareth Writer-Davies

Gareth Writer-Davies won the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition in 2017. He’s previously been Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry Competition. Shortlisted…

Zaffar Kunial

…the National Poetry Competition  with ‘Hill Speak’. With Steve Ely, Denise Riley and Warsan Shire, he contributed to The Pity, a series of new poems commissioned and published by the…

Elaine Gaston

Elaine Gaston, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Ireland’s north coast. She has been published by Blackstaff Press and Peterloo Poets, and in many poetry journals including Poetry

Claire Dyer

University of London and teaches creative writing for Bracknell & Wokingham College. In 2015, Claire won the Torriano Poetry Competition, was joint winner of the Bath Short Poem competition, and…

Paul Nemser

and Boston University School of Law. He lives with his wife Rebecca in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harborside, Maine.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Sinéad Morrissey

in May 2017. Her awards include first place in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Through the Square Window‘ (2007), a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007), the T…

Geraldine Clarkson

Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press). She was a Writers’ Centre Norwich Escalator winner in 2011 and she was shortlisted in the Arvon International Poetry Competition in 2010. A selection…

Emma Danes

Stanza Poetry Competition, and been published in anthologies and magazines including CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith|Doorstop) and The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt). Emma lives…

Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard, credit: Billie Charity-Prescott Luke Kennard was The Poetry Society and Canal & River Trust’s Canal Laureate from 2016-7. He is the author of four collections of poetry and a…

Steve Ely

Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book, available from The Poetry Society online shop….

Pam Job

Pam Job is a member of Colchester Stanza group and has been writing poetry for about eight years. She has won awards in several national poetry competitions, winning the Suffolk…

Alice Oswald

Hughes Award. She has worked on several commissions for The Poetry Society, including for Painting Paradise and National Poetry Day. In 2017 her collection Falling Awake (Jonathan Cape, 2016) won the Costa Poetry Award….

Dom Bury

Poetry Wales and Best British Poetry. He is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship. He won first prize in Magma Poetry Competition and second in Resurgence Poetry Prize. …

Carole Bromley

including the Bridport, Yorkshire Open, Torbay and Brontë Society. She is The Poetry Society Stanza rep for York, and also runs Poetry Surgeries on behalf of The Poetry Society. www.carolebromleypoetry.co.uk…

Marianne Burton

has appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland, the TLS, Independent, Guardian and Sunday Times, and been featured on Radio Four’s Poetry Please. She has won prizes in the Bridport,…

Nick Makoha

also shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. He also won the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize 2016 for his manuscript Resurrection Man. He represented Uganda in the Poetry Parnassus as part…

Gillian Allnutt

…collection, wake, is due from Bloodaxe in 2018. She has also published Berthing: A Poetry Workbook (NEC/Virago, 1991), and was co-editor of The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988). From 2001…

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Her second collection, Not in These Shoes, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009. Her third book,…

Beverley Nadin

competition 2014. Her poems have appeared in PN Review, The Rialto, Magma, and Stand, and in other magazines and anthologies. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Malcolm Watson

commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. He was awarded First Prize in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He was also shortlisted for the 2012 Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize….

Dominic McLoughlin

Dominic McLoughlin was placed second in the National Poetry Competition 2005. He teaches in the faculties of continuing education at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex and…

Jon Stone

Jon Stone, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009 and 2011, is the co-creator of small press Sidekick Books and arts journal Fuselit. His pamphlet, Scarecrows, was published by Happenstance…

Christopher James

Christopher James won first prize in the National Poetry Competition 2008. He has also won the Bridport (2002), the Ledbury poetry prizes (2003 and 2006) and the Oxford Brookes International

Matthew Sweeney

…Writers’ Award. He was joint second in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He co-edited several poetry anthologies and co-authored, Writing Poetry (Hodder), with John Hartley Williams and co-edited, with Jo…

J.P. Nosbaum

J.P. Nosbaum was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He received an MA in Creative Writing from UEA in 2000 and has published poems in Modern Poetry in Translation,…

Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce is an Irish poet currently based in the North East of England. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2003. From 2009 until recently she was Poetry Editor…

Moniza Alvi

…received a Cholmondeley Award in 2002. In 2015 she co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Esther Morgan, and she was a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Sarah Roby

Sarah Roby’s first collection, The Naming of Girls (Templar Poetry, 2015), includes poems featured in The Poetry Review and shortlisted for the Troubadour International Prize. Her pamphlet, This Afternoon and…

Roddy Lumsden

…He also works as a puzzle and quiz writer, and as a compiler and editor of popular reference books. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition

James Berry

James Berry is a Jamaican poet who settled in England in the 1940s. He won the 1981 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Fantasy of an African Boy’. He has…

Glyn Maxwell

Maker’s Daughter, for which he wrote the libretto, was nominated for Best New Opera at the Olivier Awards. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

Zoë Skoulding

of English at Bangor University. She was shortlisted for the The Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013, and a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2014….

Ruth Padel

Now research award and First Prize in the National Poetry Competition in 1996 for her poem ‘Icicles Round a Tree in Dumfriesshire’. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College…

Carol Ann Duffy

…the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Prize. She won the 1983 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Whoever She Was’. Her poetry is studied and…

Warsan Shire

…Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day, 2014, accompanied by background visuals by Robert Peake. The poems are now available as a book, available from The Poetry Society online shop….

Jo Bell

historic narrowboats and acting as director of National Poetry Day for six years. Born in Sheffield, Jo grew up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District. She lives on…

Suzanna Fitzpatrick

2013 Hippocrates Prize and the 2012 Poetry London and 2011 South Bank Poetry competitions, came second in the 2010 Buxton Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Frogmore, and Keats-Shelley…

Sue Leigh

O’Donoghue, Carcanet Press). Her poem ‘Scrimshaw’ was broadcast on Poetry Please (BBC Radio 4) in 2012. She won the BBC Radio 3 Proms Poetry Competition, 2014. She lives in Oxfordshire….

And Poetry?

What are you selling? Nothing. Poetry? Imagine a shaved monk, begging bowl in cupped hands, offering up   like a gift, a free gift. Nothing, clear as water, settling till…

Sarah Maguire

of the Poetry Translation Centre and editor of the anthology My Voice: A Decade of Poems from the Poetry Translation Centre (Bloodaxe Books, 2014). Author of four highly praised poetry

Esther Morgan

…the contemporary poetry anthology Reactions. For several years she was Historic Recordings Manager for The Poetry Archive and in 2015 co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Moniza Alvi….

Judith Wilkinson

the Netherlands. In 2008 she won the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize, and in 2011 won The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for her translation of Toon…

Chris McCabe

poetry collection, Speculatrix, were both published by Penned in the Margins in 2014. He works as the Poetry Librarian at the Saison Poetry Library and teaches for the Poetry School….

National Park

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” -Aldo Leopold The prairie is contained within a rough sketch of mountain, its trees whistling…

(Into)national Anthem

Ancient fourteen-bar meadow, please forgive how words mowed you down. How they murdered you plainchant margins of Queen Anne’s lace, your hushed lutes in hedges, in woods, and…

In the National Palace Museum, Taiwan

Here in this entrepreneurial State they work in night markets and evening school. A Ming porcelain bowl shows Dragon Gate, where a carp rises from a cobalt pool…

Tony Harrison

of the Gorgon, the inaugural PEN Pinter Prize in 2009 and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2015. He won the 1980 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Timer’….

Tom Weir

…is a founder member of AFC Wimbledon and still eagerly awaits the call to become their first poet laureate.  He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Susan E. Holland

…She has been awarded prizes for both her poetry and fiction; she was a prizewinner in the 2015 Troubadour competition. She has also been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition

Jill Munro

Jill Munro has been widely published in poetry magazines and long-listed three times for the National Poetry Competition. Her first collection Man from La Paz was published in 2015 by…

Anne Pierson Wiese

collection Floating City (2007) won the Walt Whitman Award. She also won second prize in the 2004 Arvon International Poetry Competition and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008….

Stephen Knight

…He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1987 and won the National Poetry Competition in 1992. He won the 2003 Times Literary Supplement/Blackwells Poetry Competition for ‘The Long Way Home’….

Ian McEwen

Ian McEwen, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, is a charity trustee, philosophy tutor and treasurer of Magma Poetry. Many magazines have published his poems and The Stammering Man…

David Hart

David Hart has won several major prizes, including the National Poetry Competition 1994 and the Common Ground/Blue Nose Poets Field Days competition. His poems were published in 1999 as Setting…

Megan Beech

Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014….

Leah Larwood

Several of Leah’s short stories and poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and she has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition; and published in Poetry News. She has…

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. Her collection, Marabou (2005),  was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the…

Peter Kahn

Peter Kahn was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He is a founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen and the founder of the Chicago branch. His…

Roger Philip Dennis

…A 1985 Arvon Foundation Apprenticeship-Scheme for a novel led to work editing. He continues writing fiction alongside poetry. He won first prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014. www.rogerdennisart.com. …

Kevin Patrick McCarthy

Steam Ticket, vox poetica, and other publications. He is also a dramatist, essayist, geologist, and fourth-generation Coloradan. locuto.com. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2014….

Carole Satyamurti

and has won numerous awards, including first prize in the National Poetry Competition, 1986, and a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. She was joint winner of the inaugural Roehampton Poetry Prize…

Sheila Hillier

Sheila Hillier began writing poetry in 2001, and since then her poems have been published in The Interpreter’s House and Ambit. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition in…

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012. Her sixth collection Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize. Five poems from the book won the Manchester…

Gabriel Akamo

Camp 2012’ and ‘Goodbye Piccadilly’, the London Transport Museum’s Centenary exhibition. Gabriel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014….

Neil Rollinson

and Demolition, all published by Cape and Poetry Book Society Recommendations. In 1997, he won the National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Constellations’. He won a Cholmondeley Award in 2005….

Mark Pajak

The Bridport Prize. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014….

1 2 3 4 5 6