Poetry London 2015 Competition Results

FIRST PRIZE: ‘His Wife in the Corner’ by Geraldine Clarkson 

SECOND PRIZE: ‘The static’ by Jamie Walsh 

THIRD PRIZE: ‘A Room in the City’ by Paul Carney



‘the crooked biography written in jail’ by Kit Buchan

‘Domestic’ by Martha Sprackland

‘I’ll trade you’ by Mark Haworth-Booth

‘The Negative’ by Abigail Parry


Many thanks to everyone who submitted their poems to this year’s competition, and congratulations to all of the prize winners!

The winning poems will be published in the next issue of the magazine and commendations will be published online. Prizes will be presented at the launch of the autumn issue in London.


Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell’s most recent book of poetry, Pluto, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, while previous collections include Hide NowThe Nerve and The Breakage. Recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Prize, Cholmondely Prize, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and a regular feature on the New York Times Notable Books of the Year list, he was the longest-serving Poetry Editor of The New Republic. Equally respected as both a playwright and librettist, The Lifeblood was the British Theatre Guide’s ‘Best Play’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005, while Liberty premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008. His libretto for The Firework Maker’s Daughter received an Olivier Award Nomination in 2014, and his new work, Nothing, will premiere at Glyndebourne in 2016. Maxwell’s critical guidebook, On Poetry, was recently published to widespread acclaim in both the UK and US.

‘Spellbinding . . . incredibly musical . . . Maxwell is a poet of formidable technical gifts who revels in the sheer power of storytelling. This is a poet who knows as well as any how to make a human sound.’ – Guardian