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Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition
Mslexia women's Poetry Competition 2014
And the winners are...
1st Prize: Miranda Peake with 'Florence'
2nd Prize: Miranda Yates with 'Miniature gardens'
3rd Prize: Lois Williams with 'Immaterial'
Unpublished Poet Prize: Catherine Lucie with 'Skype call'
And congratulations to our other finalists: Sue Norton, Rachel Burns, Victoria Gatehouse, Nicola Currie, Eleanor Porter, Aileen Ballantyne, Claire Askew, Jackie Wills, Theresa Bradley, Jacqueline Mézec, Gráinne Tobin, Barbara Cumbers, Subhadramati, Alison Prince, Jennifer Copley and Angela T Carr
All winning poems and judge Wendy Cope's essay are published in issue 63 Sep/Oct/Nov of Mslexia. Order your copy now.
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I was at work when Debbie Taylor rang to tell me that I’d won the poetry competition, after I’d spoken to her I went back into the office and jumped up and down for about five minutes! Since then the news has gradually sunk in and I couldn’t be more delighted. It’s hugely encouraging and exciting to have such a positive response to my writing and it has given me the impetus to work harder and develop my poetry in new ways. As part of my prize I spent a wonderful week at Cove Park during August. It was a luxury to have time and space to write and it was an enormously productive and enjoyable week for me. Winning this competition has given me the incentive to make writing my main focus over the next year and beyond – I’m so grateful to Mslexia.
- Miranda Peake
Read what our other finalists have to say here...
The 2014 judge Wendy Cope
As I open the envelope containing the Mslexia poems, this is what I am thinking: ‘Will there be some good ones? Please let there be some good ones’. Whenever I judge a poetry competition – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this – I am afraid I may have to award prizes to poems that aren’t very good. You can’t very well attach a note saying, ‘If you don’t think much of this, you should see the rest’. You read a few that are only so-so and you begin to worry. Then you come across an undeniably good poem and your heart sings. It always happens. At least, is has so far. Read more...
WENDY COPE OBE was a primary school teacher until the age of 40, when her first book, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published. Since then she has earned her living as a freelancer. Her most recent collection of poems is Family Values (2011). Two Cures for Love (2008) is a selection from her first three books. She has also written for children and edited several anthologies. One of very few poets whose work has reached the bestseller lists, she has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. She has judged numerous competitions, including the Booker Prize and the National Poetry Competition. November 2014 will see the publication of Life, Love and The Archers, a collection of prose pieces, including extracts from a previously unpublished memoir.
The 2014 Competition 1st prize was £2,000 plus two optional extras: A week's writing retreat at Cove Park and a mentoring session with the editor of Poetry Review. 2nd prize was £400, 3rd prize was £200. 17 runners-up won £25 each. This year's competition also featured a special £1,000 prize for a previously unpublished woman poet.
Read work from previous winners!
- The Book of Tides by Angela Readman (Kathleen Jamie – 2013)
- Clare by Jo Haslam (Gillian Clarke – 2012)
- The War Years by Jane Satterfield (Jo Shapcott – 2011)
- The widower and his clothes by Margaret Livingston (Vicki Feaver – 2010)
- The Inland Waterways (IW) by Sarah Roby (Ruth Padel – 2009)
- A Song of Jean by Sibyl Ruth (Carol Ann Duffy – 2008)