20 October 2018 - 3 November 2018

 
 

POTY Pic For Web 2018

FROM ROMANCE TO RHETORIC, SONNETS TO SATIRE:

 

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2018 is now closed for entries. 

This is the 12th year of the Competition, which is widely respected and forms a major part of the Festival year.   

From the entries received about 35 poems are chosen for the long list and these are published in an anthology; copies are available from the Festival Office.  A shortlist of poems is then selected and from these the winners are chosen.  

The Competition is generously supported by the School of English at the University of Kent who donate the University of Kent Prize of £200 for the winner, £100 for second and £50 for third places, £25 for the People’s Choice and the Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of sparkling wine courtesy of the Wine Room, Tankerton.  

2018's Poet of the Year event will take place on 4 October at the Gulbenkian Theatre. More info.

SEE LAST YEAR'S WINNERS HERE

LONG LIST 2018

 

Longlist  
   
Toes James Leader
Raid Michael Loveday
Skin Michael Loveday
Coming to Terms with My Father Michael Loveday
sevilla afternoon Royston Tester
Picnic with Lorca Greta Ross
His Body has left us but his soul is Greta Ross
Mate De Coca-Coca Tea Tomi Adegbayibi
Journey Tina Cole
My Father was a Tailor Tina Cole
Unsafe spaces Lucy Dixcart
Penitents Greta Ross
Walmer Beach John Bayliss Post
Winter John Bayliss Post
The House of Lost Land Kerry Darbishire
Orion Derek Sellen
Between Two Lives Mary Anne Smith
Baby Shower Tess Adams
Bryobia Praetiosa Jack Faricy
Bit Part in the 60's Eve Jackson
St Hildeburg Goes Skinny Dipping with Grey Seals Marilyn Donovan
Purple Heron Marilyn Donovan
Trivia Christopher M James
A Young Charles 1 'also sat for a now lost portrait by Velazquez Dave Simpson
Sister Clare Marsh
Feeding the Labyrinth Derek Sellen
Ten Admissions Alice West
Catullus in the Kitchen Charlotte Cornell
Palio Charlotte Cornell
An Interview with Judith Quiney Charlotte Cornell
Of a Father Tamsin Hopkins
Virginia Estelle Price
Milk Siblings Joan Michelson
A Book of Hours Maeve Henry
This Woman Wears a Green Dress Clare Proctor
Half-so in the angry light Gary Studley
Tulips Elizabeth Parker

 

SHORT LIST 2018 TBA