2024 Shortlist Bournemouth Writing Prize

We are proud to announce the Shortlist for the 2024 Bournemouth Writing Prize. Thank you to all of our amazing writers for sharing your work.

Poetry

Shortlist

  • 2nd Rate Citizen – Amelia Dyer
  • Found Words – Lorraine Manton
  • Salt on His Tail – Susan Martin
  • Ash Red – Emery Finch
  • Mothers of Beslan – Ekaterina Crawford
  • On the Menu – Paris ’72 – Lorraine Gibson
  • Still Light – Roxana Vilk
  • [the summer Lily turns into a mermaid] – Kate Horsley
  • How it would be – Christian Donovan

Commended

  • hide – Helena Gadelha

Highly Commended

  • Exosphere Whispers from Her Dark and Gauzy Blanket – Sharon Black

Winner

  • Ecclesiastes – Julie Leoni

Short Stories

Shortlist

  • A full-throated extravaganza – Judy Birkbeck
  • The Date – Alison Langley
  • Inner Loop – Josie Turner

Commended

  • Easter Sunday – Terry Kerins
  • She – Isobel Granger
  • Blue Dress, White Floral Pattern – Christopher David Roberts
  • It Should Have Been Me – JE Rowney

Winner

  • Bad Blood – Mary Shovelin