As with the short story category, we had a huge number of poetry entries this year. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, we really enjoyed reading your poems. After a lot of deliberating, we are delighted to announce the shortlisted poems below. Poet Antony Dunn now has the hard job of choosing an overall winner, which we hope to announce, alongside the short story winner, in early June.
‘Brother’ by Sigrid Daniel
‘Hope’ by Gabrielle Briggs
‘Paper Chase’ by Susie Wilson
‘Personal Best’ by Susie Wilson
‘The Hireling’ by Raymond Anderson
‘The Prayer’ by Lucy Carney
‘We Were Stuck on a Pirate Ship’ by Jasmine Hurford
Special commendation for Postcard from Heaven by Stella Vorih Elffers, age 13
For the Fresher Writing Prize short story shortlist, please refer to this post.