Winners of International Poetry Competition announced

Wednesday, 09 December 2015

International poetry competition

The winners of Oxford Brookes’ first International Poetry Competition, celebrating the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world, have been announced today (Wednesday 9 December).

Launched by The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre in May, the competition had two top prizes of £1000 on offer.

Poems were submitted in two categories: ESL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who speak English as a Second Language), and Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age).  

The standard of the entries for the inaugural Oxford Brookes Poetry Competition was very high – I was spoilt by poems to choose from. Many of them seem to emerge from a broad range of life experiences, and some of the finest had a sense of urgency to them, of needing to be written.

Hannah Lowe, Poet and Memoirist

Dr Niall Munro, Director of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre said: “The competition was a great success, and we received almost 900 entries by over 400 different poets from right across the globe. Our judge was the poet and memoirist Hannah Lowe. Many congratulations go to the winners and those poets shortlisted and longlisted.”

A prize-giving ceremony will be held at the University in February 2016.

The winners in each category are:

Open category (click to read)

First place: Siobhan Campbell - Framed
Second place: Claire Askew - Domonic
Special commendation: Wes Lee - Glass Eye

ESL category (click to read)  

First place: Marie-Aline Roemer - Vareniki
Second place: Armel Dagorn - Gerrymanderings of the Mind
Special commendation: Hanne Busck-Nielsen - Prayer

The shortlist for the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2015 consists of the following poems:  

Mariel Alonzo - Noli Me Tangere
Claire Askew - Things
Geraldine Clarkson - Edwardiana
Mario Petrucci - Night at the rock
David Underdown - Snow boys at the Castle Flats
Jennifer Wong - The netizens

Guest judge Hannah Lowe commented: “The standard of the entries for the inaugural Oxford Brookes Poetry Competition was very high – I was spoilt by poems to choose from. Many of them seem to emerge from a broad range of life experiences, and some of the finest had a sense of urgency to them, of needing to be written. Many of the poems entered into the ESL category spoke of life lived in a different country, and this was a focus of all of the winning poems.”

All of Hannah's comments on each poem can be read on the Poetry Centre’s website and the longlist for the competition is also available to download as a PDF.

Part of the prize funding for the competition came from Oxford Brookes’ 150th anniversary small grants programme which was launched in 2014. The small grants programme has helped to fund projects which best supported staff, students and the local community, enhanced Brookes’ international reputation and celebrated 150 years of success.

You can read an Impact Case Study about the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre's research and how it has helped to break down cultural barriers in Oxford on our research webpages.