The Bournemouth Writing Prize Poetry Shortlist 2021

We are delighted to be able to announce the shortlist of The Bournemouth Writing Prize Poetry competition 2021. Congratulations to all of you listed here!

As, with the short story competition, it was an absolute pleasure to read the entries that were submitted to the BWP from all around the world, although trying to reduce the numbers down to a shortlist was very hard. Please don’t feel discouraged if you didn’t make it this time. We will open for entries again in the Autumn.


The Bournemouth Writing Prize (Poetry) Shortlist

A Poem in which I’m No Longer Afraid by Ana Reisens

Bogota by Lyz Pfister

Brave by Georgia Cowley

Calming by Victoria Helen Loftus

Custom Crescendo by Whitney Glover

Dancing with Ghosts by kodiak

For Poets and Friends by Manuela Vitelaru

Fountains in Paris by Beth Steiner

From Russia Without Beth Steiner

Frozen Feathers by Joseph Snowden

Heritage by Emma Ormond

Jag Alskar Dig, Auntie by Hanna Jarvback

Leaf Storm by Dara Kavanagh

Lost Intimacy by Eleanor Jones

Missed Chances by Charlotte Rudman

My Father’s Hands by Alison Nuorto

My Gam Speaks in Remnants by Elizabeth M Castillo

Night Watch by Manuela Vitelaru

On Earth by Richard Helfer

On the banks of the Cann by Peter Harding

Our Last Summer by Sarah Leavesley

Poetry, n by CT Mills

Reggae love by Chijioke John Ojukwu

Sometimes a Girl by Ginna Wilkerson

Survivor by Bee Parkinson-Cameron

The Bramblelands by Gracie Jack

The Chaining of the Dead by Manuela Vitelaru

The House of the Living by Elena Croitoru

The Then and the Now by Les Clarke

There was Never any Poetry, Just Blood by Elizabeth M Castillo

Time to go Home by Nancy Ward

Undelivered by Nichola Rivers

Unexpected Meeting in 2020 by Judi Moore

Voices on a Bus by Yvette Appleby

Weathered Sketches by Jess Fallon-Ford

Winchester in my pocket by Manuela Vitelaru