Winchester Poetry Prize 2021


celebrating the best in new writing

We are pleased to announce the winner of the
2021 Winchester Poetry Prize is

Lesley Saunders for her poem The Starlings.

Second Prize: Laurie Bolger - Gem

Third Prize: Paula Balfe - miscarriage

Highly Commended Poems


Annabel Marshall - Homecoming

Kathleen Latham - Lockdown Cherries

Simon Maddrell - nature poem

Jed Myers - The News at Golden Gardens

Othuke Umukoro - Mother, 101

Daragh Byrne - Last Time Ghazal

Commended Poems​

Kirsten Anderson - Goodfellas

Chrissy Banks - Damson Wine

Sharon Black - Coccoon

Helen Bowell - Monsieur le Barman

David Butler - Leaf Storm

Rachel Cleverly - 'things which make my life difficult and my writing bad'

Imogen Cook - (!) not delivered

Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana - 'Don't' 

Jo Davis - Four tiles from a calendar mosaic of chronic illness

James Dowthwaite - Melancholies

Marion Hobday - Roses

Sam Henley Smith - A Familiar Route

Pat Winslow - The Chest of Drawers

Trelawney - Instructions for Model Family

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

The winners were announced at a special prize-giving event on Saturday 9 October 2021. 

Winning and commended poems have been published in an anthology So we go about our days which is available via our online shop.