Our Short Poem Competition final judge has now completed reading all the commended and highly commended poems whose titles and authors were announced on the competition blog in March.
We were extraordinarily fortunate in being able to secure award-winning Picador and Forward First Collection Prize poet RACHAEL BOAST to select our final prize-winners.
RACHAEL BOAST was born in Suffolk in 1975. Sidereal (Picador 2011) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. She is editor of The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City (Redcliffe Press). Pilgrim’s Flower (Picador 2013) was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. She tutors on a one-to-one basis for The Poetry School.
As well as selecting our prizewinners, RACHAEL has contributed detailed comments on the selected poems and we will be reading these, as introductions to the prize-winning poems, during the Competition Afternoon on Saturday 26th September.
Details about the September 26th September afternoon were posted on the competition blog, in May, but I will produce an updated version for this blog with an August imprint very soon.