The  LPF Poetry  Competition 2015 – Winners!

After much deliberation in our biggest year yet for entries (over 1500!) judge Deryn Rees-Jones has announced the poetry competition winners.



This year’s winner Jane Satterfield, pictured in New York City

First Prize: Forfeit by Jane Satterfield

Jane wins £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales.

Second Prize: Break by Rosie Shepperd


Third Prize: Five Throats by Nisha Bhakoo


Young People: 12 – 17

First Prize:   £100   to Shaliyah Grant for The Disappearance

Second Prize:   £50   to Daniella Cugini for aubade

Third Prize :   £25 to Elin Gray for Paper Cats

Children: (11 and under)

First Prize:  £25 book token  to Ines Rossi for Deteriorates

Second Prize:  £15 book token   to Kitty Prince for The Cobweb

Third Prize:  £10 book token to Victor Nogueira for The Magic Box

Congratulations to you all. It was a very strong field this year, and Deryn has also commended the following poems:

Adults Commended:

The girl who never was even conceived by Jillian Fenn

Gloria by Polly Atkin

A Year In by Maeve Henry

Obsidians in Moon by Jackie Juno

Children Commended:

Our House by Faye Colhoun, The Giant by Jacob Littlewood, Snap! by George Martin, April morning, Foxgloves and  Storm all by Roo Prince, Ante-Meridiem Mourning  and  My Artist’s Name by Ava Whitney, Senses by Sasha Robinson

About Deryn Rees-Jones

Deryn Rees-Jones’s most recent books are ‘And You, Helen’ with Charlotte Hodes (Seren, 2014) and ‘Burying the Wren’ (2012) shortlisted for the Roland Mathias and T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches literature at the University of Liverpool and is the new editor of Pavilion Poetry.

All winners have been invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2016. Some winners are non-UK residents and may appear by skype.

Please read all winning poems here

Commended poems here

DERYN Rees Jones

This year’s judge Deryn Rees- Jones


Ty Newydd logo

Many thanks to Ty Newydd the National Writers’ Centre for Wales for continuing to support this competition.

Please read last year’s winning poems here   Adult winners       Young Person Winners    Children


  1. Poems must be received on or before Thursday 9 July 2015 at 5pm.
  2. All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions.
  3. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.
  4. Each individual poem, regardless of length, must be typed on one sheet of plain A4 paper (except Children’s category, which can be handwritten). Please submit two copies of each poem – unless you enter on-line.
  5. The competitor’s name must NOT appear on the poem.
  6. All poems must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form.
  7. Please keep a copy of your poem, as manuscripts cannot be returned.
  8. Copyright remains with the author, but Ledbury Poetry Festival reserves the right to have entries performed at the Festival, on radio, TV, or stage, published on the internet, in an anthology or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future.
  9. No acknowledgement of entry will be sent unless the competitor sends an SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  10. Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’.
  11. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The Festival reserves the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
  13. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.
  14. The winner of the adult first prize will be expected to provide for his/her own transport arrangements in order to attend the Ty Newydd course in North Wales, regardless of whether he/she is a UK resident or not.
  15. The winner may select from any of the courses available at Ty Newydd. However the Festival cannot accept responsibility for re-arrangements or circumstances beyond its control.



Many thanks to the following poetry competitions who advertise our competition in their media:


Wenlock Poetry Festival’s annual competition is open for submissions on Monday, 14 December 2015, and the deadline is Monday, 7th March 2016. 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £200 and 3rd prize: £100. One poem will be judged as Highly Commended.

The winners will be announced at Wenlock Poetry Festival (22nd-24th April 2016) as part of our Saturday evening headline events featuring lead judge Don Paterson.

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