Announcing the Winners of the 2017/18 Book & Pamphlet Competition

Judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine

Poets want to say what it is like now. Taking all the pamphlets together, there was great variety of subject, poetic form and tone of voice.  The scores of poems here demonstrate not just the necessity for poetry but also the life of it, the good it does.

David Constantine, Judge


Rebecca Cullen (Nottingham) 

for her collection Majid Sits in a Tree and Sings


Ann Gray (Cornwall) 

for her collection I Wish I Had More Mothers


Christopher North (Alicante, Spain) 

for his collection The Topiary of Passchendaele


Madeleine Wurzburger (London)

 for her collection Sleeve Catching Fire at Dawn


These collections will be published by Smith|Doorstop books, an imprint of The Poetry Business, and launched on 22nd September at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. This event is not ticketed and everyone is welcome. The winners will each receive a share of £2,000 cash as well as publication in The North magazine.

Click here to find out more about the winning entries.