Friends launch photo
Friends launch photo

Poetry Festival - Gilbert Yates Photogra
Poetry Festival - Gilbert Yates Photogra


Friends launch photo
Friends launch photo


Winchester Poetry Prize 2020


celebrating the best in new writing

We are pleased to announce the winner of the
2020 Winchester Poetry Prize is

Lewis Buxton for his poem Field Dressing a Rabbit.

Second Prize: Claire Collison - Little Deaths

Third Prize: Luke Palmer - Desire | Youth

Highly Commended Poems

Virginia Astley - The horses are wrapped in their blankets, steaming

Lewis Buxton - Wrestling

Ellena Croitoru - Fish Bones by Candlelight

Oli Isaac - tender as in easier to chew

Simon Middleton - Men at the Antenatal Class

Claudine Toutoungi - Lazarus

Commended Poems​

Barry Coidan - Angie's Party

Imogen Cook - Nose Piercing

Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana- Kotoshi mo yoroshiku

Ken Evans - Static in The Café

Simon French - Pedigree

Matthew Griffiths - ‘Nice hat,’

Matthew Haigh - The Colour of Death is Desert Peach

Nicki Heinen - Summer at the Hospital

Selima Hill - Rabbits

Tamsin Hopkins - Knuckles

Genevieve Stevens - Gossipers on the South Western

James McDermott - They Could Be Having Sex

Simon Middleton - Picture the Bull

Mary Mulholland - Still life

Serge ♆ Neptune - For Every Queer They Kill a Merman is Born

Paul Stephenson - Birkenstocks

Ben Verinder - The impossibility of a sex poem

Susie Wilson - Everyone Who Comes To My Funeral Must

Fathima Zahra - O Rey Chhori

The prize for best poem by a Hampshire-based poet was won by
Imogen Cook for her poem Nose Piercing

The winners were announced at a special online prize-giving event on Saturday 10 October 2020. The event is available to view via our Video library.

Winning and commended poems have been published in an anthology un-seaming the tendon which is available via our online shop.