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Winchester Poetry Prize 2023


celebrating the best in new writing

We are pleased to announce the winner of the
2023 Winchester Poetry Prize is

Isabelle Baafi with the poem Path Of Least Resilience

Second Prize: Emilie Jelinek - My Father Washes His Hands Of Me

Third Prize: Yasmin Inkersole - Nefis

Highly Commended Poems

Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana - Skinship (a zuihitsu)

Nia Broomhall - Say Her Name Right

Pamela Crowe - Cloche

Lucy Dixcart - Summer Job

Oluwaseun Olayiwola - Animal Song

Susan E. Holland - Home

Commended Poems​

Django Wylie - bruised chaplains

Paul McMahon - The Demolished Exorcism Room

Stephanie Powell - Touch free wash

Luisa A. Igloria - The First Surviving Photograph of the Moon

Rachel Cleverly - Portrait of a Girl as Spinach

Janice Booth - Still Life with Flowers

Mark McGuinness - The Maze

Rachel Cleverly - The Year Prickled

Francine van den Berg - A Night At the Proms

Madeleine Wurzburger - Insect Pressed On a Page of ‘Hymn to Life’ by Nazim Hikmet

Zoë Green - Sweet Chestnuts

Cath Drake - Summer Full Moon

Julie Sheridan - Grandmother's Palindrome

The prize for best poem by a Hampshire-based poet was won by
Joan McGavin for the poem A Long Answer To a Short Question 

The winners were announced live at a special prize-giving event.

This was part of Winchester Poetry Festival 2023 on Sunday 15 October 2023. 

Winning and commended poems have been published in an anthology a cough of pollen 

It is available to purchase via our online shop.

Winchester Poetry Prize 2024 will open in April 2024.



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