Winners of our annual poetry competition on the theme of ‘Cataclysm’ judged by Fred D’Aguiar. The theme was chosen well before Covid-19 and BLM but having such an incendiary title meant that it was a record year for entries.
The first three prize winning poems will be published in Ambit 241 and the authors will be invited to read at the launch on Tuesday, 27 October, 7pm at London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton St, London E8 3RR.
First place – £500 – Dante Micheaux The Self on Some Meridian
Second place – £250 – S. K. Grout Sugar, or…
Third place – £100 – Roy McFarlane An Aubade in Response to…
Commended poets in alphabetical order are:
Rafael Campo Unexceptional
Guinevere Clark Another Country
E.G. Cunningham Love Poem on the verge of Collapse
Annie Freud The Lions of Chemo
Julie Irigaray Krieg
Monica Kam Harbour
Catherine Selby Paradise
Yvette Siegert Bienaventuranza
Ben Strak The Sixth Day
April Yee Kopatchi
In his judge’s report Fred D’Aguiar says ‘Cataclysm becomes both social and personal; the politics of the two may reside in how well the poet occupies the apparent gap between a private despair and its more public and wider applications.’
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who took part in the competition.