Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson was awarded 2nd Prize in the 1990 National Poetry Competition.

Patricia Pogson

Patricia Pogson won 2nd Prize in the 1989 National Poetry Competition

Sam Riviere

Sam Riviere was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from…

Patricia McCarthy

Patricia McCarthy is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2012. She was born in Cornwall, and brought up mainly in Ireland. After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, she lived…

Edward Barker

…pamphlet (The Like of It) in 2005.  Since 2010 his poems have won several awards and commendations. His poem, ‘The Mother Dough’, was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012. …

Vicki Feaver

…and Costa Prizes. The Handless Maiden was reissued in 2009. She lives in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, with her husband and dog. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010….

Neil Lockwood

Neil Lockwood was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He is in his sixties and semi-retired. His career has been in NHS management, and he is now Chairman of…

John Levett

John Levett was joint winner of the 1991 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘A Shrunken Head’. His latest collection is The Nick of Time published by Shoestring Press in…

Julie Collar

Julie Collar was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She obtained an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Bath Spa in 2009. Two of her…

Sam Gardiner

Sam Gardiner (1936-2016) won the 1993 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Protestant Windows’. The collection Protestant Windows appeared in 2000, followed by The Picture Never Taken (2004), The Night…

Clive McWilliam

Clive McWilliam won third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Frank Ortega

Frank Ortega was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. He has had work published by The Madison Review, Colorado Review, Ferro-Botanica, Seneca Review, Z Miscellaneous, Downtown, Amicus Journal, Paragraph…

Nick Rice

Nick Rice won the 1990 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Room Service’….

Kevin Saving

Kevin Saving was placed third in the National Poetry Competition 2005. He has worked in the care industry and remains a registered but non practising psychiatric nurse. He self published…

David Thorley

David Thorley was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He is a freelance writer and journalist as well as a PhD student researching autobiographical writing about illness in the…

Rhian Gallagher

Rhian Gallagher was placed third in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Embrace’….

Ann Gray

Ann Gray was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2010. Her most recent collection is At The Gate (2008). Previous collections include The Man I Was Promised (2004). She has…

Copland Smith

Copland Smith is a Manchester based poet, musician and playwright. He has been commended three times in the National Poetry Competition.

Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008.

Ann Drysdale

Ann Drysdale received second prize in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘New Fruit’. Her collections include Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002) and Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon, 2009)….

Charlie Druce

Charlie Druce was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition.

Harriet Torr

Harriet Torr was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. My Father’s Pot and Other Poems was published by Koo Press in 2009….

Stuart Pickford

…Forward Best First Collection prize. He lives in Harrogate and teaches in a local comprehensive. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012 for his poem ‘Swimming with Jellyfish’….

Robert Stein

Robert Stein was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2012.

John Daniel

John Daniel is a poet and artist. He was commended in the 2006 National Poetry Competition. His collection, Skinning the Bull, was published by Oversteps in 2012….

Pauline Keith

Pauline Keith is a Lancaster based poet who received a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Missing’….

Christopher Southgate

Christopher Southgate lives in Devon and is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter. He was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. His latest collection is…

Lindy Barbour

Lindy Barbour was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in Kirkwall, she read English at Oxford, and teaches Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. She has…

Frank Dux

Frank Dux was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Coming Down to Drink’….

Cherry Smyth

Cherry Smyth was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2009. She has published three collections: When the Lights Go Up (2001), One Wanted Thing (2006) and Test, Orange (2012). Her…

Helen Oswald

Helen Oswald was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. Learning Gravity (tall lighthouse, 2010) is her debut collection….

Liz Berry

Liz Berry was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in the Black Country, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009 and her pamphlet, The Patron Saint of…

Kate Newmann

Kate Newmann was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2008. Her latest collection is I am a Horse (Arlen House, 2011)….

Antony Dunn

Antony Dunn, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011, has published three collections of poems, Pilots and Navigators (Oxford University Press, 1998), Flying Fish (Carcanet OxfordPoets, 2002) and Bugs (Carcanet…

Laura Seymour

Herb Robert grew out of the 2009 Flarestack Press pamphlet competition. Laura was shortlisted in this competition, and then invited to submit a new collection to the editors, Meredith Andrea…

Katie Kirkpatrick

…Hughes Young Poets Award 2016 and a Specially Commended poet in the Young Fenland Poet Laureate competition 2016. She won the 12-18 category of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019….

Madeleine Wynne

Madeleine Wynne was one of the runners up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition in 2014. The poem was inspired by ‘Sea Slumber’ from Elgar’s Sea Pictures. As we help…

Annie Lane

Annie is commended in the 2020 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Vanessa Lampert

Vanessa Lampert is a poet and acupuncturist from Wallingford, Oxfordshire. She won the Café Writers and Ver poetry prizes in 2020 and came second in the Fish and International Oxford…

James Lasdun

James Lasdun writes novels, short stories and poetry. His work has been adapted for film by Bernardo Bertolucci in Besieged and for the Sundance award-winning Sunday. He has been long-listed…

Liz McPherson

…Catcher, Indigo Press, Grey Hen, Fire and Dust and Runcible Spoon as well as achieving runner-up places in several competitions. She is the Poetry Society rep for Stanza group, Heartlines….

Peter Reading

…of Shropshire, in recent years in Ludlow. He is the only British poet to have won the Lannan Award for Poetry twice, in 1990 and 2004. Other honours included the…

Denise Bundred

…published in 2020. She won the Hippocrates Prize 2016. She has poems in anthologies, Envoi, Under the Radar, Poetry Shed, Prole Poetry, London Grip, High Window, Ekphrastic Review and Magma….

Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, Callaloo, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Ireland, the Munster Literature Centre, the…

Fathima Zahra

Zahra is the first-prize winner of the moon poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by Nii Parkes, and the third-prize winner in the Golden Shovel challenge, judged by Peter…

Elaine Feinstein

…author of over thirty books, including fiction and biography, and wrote for radio and television. Her reviews and essays appeared regularly in The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Elaine Feinstein received…

Claire Carlotti

Claire is the first-prize winner in the 2020 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Promise it’ll be my last

we are on the beach and my mother is telling me how poetry isn’t practical anymore. that my writing has to be an act of violence, a way to earn…

Lesley Ingram

…2010. She has read at the Cheltenham, Wenlock and Ledbury Poetry Festivals. In the meantime, she worked as an Italian book rep, a Customs officer, VAT inspector, IT Business/Systems Analyst,…

Jewel Cao

…Archive; and in the August challenge #3 on meta-poetry, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Danique Bailey in 2019. She is commended in the Artlyst Art to Poetry challenge….

Gemma Craig-Sharples

Gemma is commended in the 2020 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Sue Davies

Sue Davies is former lecturer in English Literature. She writes poetry and short stories; her first poetry collection, Blue Water Café, was published by Oversteps in 2014. She is working…

Marina McCready

poetry and the Civilisation and Its Discontents challenge on Young Poets Network, inspired by Freud’s work of the same name; she is also the winner of the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge….

Greta Stoddart

…Individual Poem in 2012. Her third book, Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. Her radio poem Who’s There? was broadcast on BBC Radio 4…

Crystal Peng

Crystal is the second-prize winner in the 2020 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Jhermayne Ubalde

Jhermayne is the third-prize winner in the 2020 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Fiona Sampson

…She was Editor of The Poetry Review, 2005-2012, and now edits Poem. Her fifth poetry collection was Rough Music published in 2010 and her latest collection is Coleshill (Chatto, 2013)….

Emily Garratt

Emily is commended in August challenge #1 2019: Photographic Poetry – Capture the Moment on Young Poets Network, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Andrew Pettigrew. Emily was also…

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman was born on August 20, 1975 in Portland, Oregon. His first full-length collection, All American Poem, won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. Dickman’s…

D.M. Black

David Macleod Black was born in South Africa in 1941 and moved to Scotland in 1950. He has published four collections of poetry and a handful of pamphlets in the…

Kei Miller

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. Kei writes across a range of genres: novels, books of short stories, essays and poetry. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map…

Richard Osmond

A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2005. Richard’s poetry has been published in n+1, Fuselit, The Literateur and The Financial Times, among others, and appears in the…

Vanessa Kisuule

…performed at several festivals including Glastonbury, BrizzleFest and Larmer Tree. She has won Poetry Rivals slam and two Farrago slams and performed at leading poetry night Bang Said the Gun….

Amy Acre

…and Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye), each chosen as a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Her poem, ‘every girl knows’ won the 2019 Verve Poetry Prize….

Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918) was born in Bristol, and was the son of Russian immigrants who settled in London’s Jewish ghetto. He published two pamphlets of poetry at his own expense after…

Maureen Duffy

…author of 31 published works of fiction, including 6 collections of poetry, non-fiction, and 16 plays for stage, screen and radio. Her latest poetry collection is Environmental Studies (Enitharmon, 2013)….

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen has had a major impact on the British Poetic landscape. Booker…

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent in 1945 and read History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns (1992)…

Angela Croft

Angela Croft worked as a journalist and took to writing poetry in retirement. Highly commended in competitions and widely published in magazines with poems on various websites including the Poetry

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

…Prize, and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship. She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. Recent/forthcoming commissions include work for The Poetry Society (Britain),…

Safia Elhillo

…the New School. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize, and was a co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize….

Qian Xi Teng

…Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. Qian Xi was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 & 2001….

Miles Burrows

…poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement and Ambit, and in the anthologies British Poetry since 1945 (Penguin) and Best British Poems of 2015 (Salt)….

Joshua Persico

Joshua is a commended poet in the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network….

Jeremy Hsiao

Jeremy is the first-prize-winner in the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #4 on concrete poetry and commended in the 2018 August challenge #4 on using the vernacular in poetry….

Krisztina Tóth

Krisztina Tóth has published eight volumes of poetry, six of short stories, and one novel in her native Hungarian. Owen Good is the translator of Krisztina Tóth’s short story cycle…

Zhou Zan

…The Poetry Review, is the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press, 2013). She is currently completing a PhD on place and identity in contemporary Chinese diaspora poetry at Oxford Brookes University….

Amaan Hyder

Amaan Hyder is the author of the poetry collection At Hajj (Penned in the Margins, 2017). He is a Ledbury Poetry Critic 2021….

David Wheatley

…Vincent Buckley Prize in 2008 and features in The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry. He teaches at the University of Aberdeen, having previously taught in Hull University. He has also edited the Poems of James…

Eleanor Penny

…the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is also the winner of the 2016 ‘Festive Feasts – Eve of St Agnes’ poetry challenge….

Sujata Bhatt

…Award. In 2014 she was the first recipient of the Mexican International Poetry Prize, Premio Internacional de Poesía Nuevo Siglo de Oro 1914-2014. Her work has been widely anthologised, and has been…

Alex Greenberg

…Breaker’ was commended in the Cape Farewell/Poetry Society’s SWITCH: Youth Poetics Year 2. He is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Fire and Ice’ poetry challenge….

Tara Bergin

Tara Bergin is from Dublin. Her award winning collection of poems This is Yarrow was published by Carcanet in 2013, and new poems have recently appeared in Granta, Poetry (Chicago), PN…

Alice Guest

Alice Guest’s poem ‘Tapestry’ was commended in the Cape Farewell/Poetry Society’s SWITCH: Youth Poetics Year 2. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Moving’ poetry

Maggie Wang

…Parker. She is also the second prize winner in the Erasure Poetry Challenge and the third Bloodaxe Archive challenge, The Re-Re-Re-Drafting Challenge. She is the third-prize winner in August Challenge #1:…

Sarah James

…has been the Poetry Society’s Worcestershire Stanza rep since shortly after the Stanza started in 2009. She also runs V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint. Her website is at http://www.sarah-james.co.uk. …

Annie Katchinska

…a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication. Annie’s poetry was featured in Bloodaxe’s Voice Recognition: 21 poets for the 21st century. Annie has had poems in magazines including Mimesis…

Anna Lewis

…prizes for her poetry including the G.S. Fraser Prize, the Robin Reeves Prize and the Christopher Tower Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Other Harbours, was published in 2012 by Parthian….

Patrick Maddock

Patrick Maddock is a former Hennessy Poetry Winner (Ireland) and Strokestown International Poetry Winner….

Keith Jarrett

…and Girls. He has written poetry in both English and Spanish. He’s a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion and his collection Selah was published by Burning Eye Books….

Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch’s poem ‘First’ was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of The Poetry Review. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Book of…

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith is a co-founder of Magma poetry magazine and former Poetry Society Trustee. He is a Literature tutor at The City Lit, London….

Declan Ryan

Declan Ryan’s poem, ‘From Alun Lewis’ was featured in the Autumn 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poems and reviews have also been published in Poetry London, The Rialto,…

Tolu Ogunlesi

…NEXT, a daily newspaper. His poem, ‘(at)TEXT’ was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poetry has also appeared in Wasafiri, London Magazine, Sable and Magma….

Alexandra McCauley

Born and raised in Oxfordshire, Alexandra McCauley studied Psychology at The University of Edinburgh. She has previously published poems in Black Bough Poetry, a publisher of micro-poetry. She is Director…

Carol Rumens

Carol Rumens is a poet, playwright and novelist. Her poetry collections include Hex (Bloodaxe, 2002),Blind Spots (Seren, 2008) and De Chirico’s Threads(Seren, 2010). Her next collection, Animal People, is due…

A.K. Blakemore

A.K. Blakemore is the author of two full-length collections: Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road Books, 2018). Her work has been appeared in magazines and journals including Poetry

Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse (1923-2014) was a poet, playwright and novelist whose literary career spanned half a century, the first of his fourteen collections of poetry, After Every Green Thing, being published in…

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien is an American playwright, poet, and librettist. Scarsdale, O’Brien’s second book of poetry, was published by CB Editions in London in 2014. War Reporter, his debut collection of…

Carrie Etter

Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught creative writing at Bath Spa University since 2004. She has published three collections of poetry: The…