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A word from our judge Adrienne Dines…

“I expected to be impressed by the skill of some of the poems; I did not expect to be confronted by the skill of so many. The organisers hoped to find a few worthy of publication. I suspect that some of these poets – especially those who had multiple entries ( and whose poems appeared repeatedly in the winners / commended lists) – will be published and more widely recognised in time. I will boast that they appeared here first!
It has been and honour to judge this competition.”

Before we get to the  list, on behalf of Paragram I would like to say that never had we dreamed that we would be able to extend the prize of publication to the complete long list and yet we are confident that we can and that the ensuing anthology will be of a consistent high standard from the first page to the last page and we also are proud to work with so many talented poets.

Deciding the final accolades has given Adrienne many sleepless nights and so we have allowed some licence and have extended the prizes on offer. The poems placed first, second and third win the prizes as detailed previously plus a free copy of the anthology.

To those we are adding four Highly Commended awards. These will win a free copy of the anthology, an opportunity to perform at our reading event and publication in the anthology.

The short-listed poets will be invited to a reading event in 2014 to perform their poems and all poets on the long list have been offered a prize of publication in the anthology.

As a result of the high number of entries and because of the very high standard of poetry submitted we have been able to offer prizes to 40 poets.

And so…the top prizewinning poems are…

Highly Commended : 
Thinking of Manatees by Claire Dyer
Front Line by Audrey Ardern-Jones
Evening at the Temple by Jeannie Steed
Open for Business by Joanna Tulloch

In third place:
Mother Moth by Doireann Ni Ghriofa

In second place:
Sunlight, Eston Street by Ian O’Brien

And the winner:
Mrs Pan by Vivienne Vermes

If only we could open champagne on line! Congratulations to everyone whose amazing poetry has made this such a fine competition. We will publish the poems with the adjudication comments on this blog in the next few days so be sure to visit and treat yourselves to some amazing poetry.

Now go…go and celebrate….