Cardiff International Poetry Competition

'John's Curious Machines' wins £5,000
in the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition

The much awaited results of the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition were announced on Thursday 17 July as part of an evening of poetry at Waterstones in Cardiff City Centre. Guests were treated to readings from Wales Book of the Year Shortlisted author Rhian Edwards, and award-winning poet Lemn Sissay.

The First Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Isabel Rogers from Hampshire for her poem 'John's Curious Machines'. Isabel’s poetry has been published in magazines including Poetry Wales and Mslexia, and was shortlisted in the recent Charles Causley competition. She is currently working on a first collection. 

Second Prize of £500 was awarded to Liane Strauss from London for her poem 'It'. Liane’s poems have appeared in PoetryThe Hudson Review, Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie SchoonerColumbia and Salmagundi, among others. She is the Head of Poetry in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

K.V. Skene’s poem 'This City Wades into Ontario' won third prize of £250. Her publications include Love in the (Irrational) Imperfect (Hidden Brook Press, 2006) and You Can Almost Hear Their Voices (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2010). After living for over eighteen years in the UK and Ireland she repatriated herself and is currently living in Toronto, Canada.

The five equal runners-up in the competition, each receiving £50, are: Angela Readman from Haeton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for her poem 'The Preacher's Son and the Bee Beard'; Mandy Pannett from Pulborough, West Sussex, for her poem 'You say you don't do smiles'; Polly Walshe from Oxford for her poem 'Your Childhood'; Edward Storey from Discoed, near Presteigne, for his poem 'The Only Landscape we can trust'; and Pat Winslow from Witney, Oxon, for her poem 'Con brio'.

The hard task of judging the 2014 Competition fell to Lemn Sissay MBE and Wales Book of the Year 2013 Winner Rhian Edwards, with filter judge Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.

Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards said “A poetry competition is a poetry slam on paper. The winners of Cardiff International Poetry Competition 2014 are exceptional. We applaud them for how they performed on the page. They blew us away and put us back together. Choosing them as winners is our standing ovation.”

The winner of the first prize will appear exclusively in print and digital formats in New Welsh Review #101, published on 1 September 2014. The Cardiff International Poetry Competition is administered by Literature Wales with the generous support of Cardiff Council.

Click here to read all of this year's winning poems and to find out more about the winners themselves.

For more information on the competition contact Literature Wales on: 029 2047 2266 /