Announcing the winners of the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, 2018!
We are delighted to announce the winners of our competition, which this year was judged by the award-winning poet and editor Kayo Chingonyi. Two top prizes of £1,000 were on offer in a competition that seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. We would like to warmly thank all the poets who entered!
Poems were submitted in two categories: EAL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who speak English as an Additional Language), and Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age). You can find the list of winners and the shortlisted poets below, as well as the judge’s report by Kayo Chingonyi.
Kayo’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus), won the prestigious £30,000 Dylan Thomas award for the best literary work by an author aged thirty-nine or under. He is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016 and co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review. He is poetry editor for The White Review.
Many congratulations to the winners and those poets shortlisted!