Cardiff International Poetry Competition

2012 Cardiff International Poetry Competition
The Winners

Judges: Sinéad Morrissey and Patrick McGuinness
Filter Judge: Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch


Click on the links below to read the winners biogs and poems.


First Prize, £5,000: Mark Tredinnick from near Sydney, Australia for his poem Margaret River Sestets

Second Prize, £500: Jonathan Edwards from Crosskeys, Gwent for his poem Evel Knievel Jumps Over My Family

Third Prize, £250: Harry Man from London for his poem Lost Ordinance, Sussex, 1943


Five equal runners-up, winning £50 each:

- Annemarie Austin from Weston-Super-Mare for her poem The Cremated Girl

- Ben Holden from Bristol for his poem The Lepidopterist

- Brett Evans from Conwy for his poem Directed by Sergio Leone

- Jo Hemmant from Tonbridge for her poem The Portreeve's House, East Street

- Kathryn Simmonds from London for her poem The San Michele Cemetery


Click here to read the Judges Adjudication, written by Sinéad Morrissey.

The Judges:

Sinead MorrisseySinéad Morrissey is a multi-award winning author and has published four collections of poetry including, There was Fire in Vancouver (Carcanet, 1996), Between Here and There (Carcanet, 2002) and The State of the Prisons (Carcanet, 2005). Her most recent collection Through the Square Window (Carcanet, 2009) was a PBS Choice, was shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection and was awarded the Irish Times Prize for Poetry. In 2007 her poem ‘Through the Square Window’ took first place in the UK National Poetry Competition. Sinead is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Patrick McGuinnessPatrick McGuinness’ collections of poetry include, The Canals of Mars (Carcanet Press, 2004) and Jilted City (Carcanet, 2010), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and appeared on the 2011 Wales Book of the Year Long List. He is a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books and his work has appeared in a variety of journals and magazines including, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales and Agenda. Patrick’s debut novel, The Last Hundred Days (Seren, 2011), was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Samantha Wynne-RhydderchSamantha Wynne-Rhydderch has published two collections, the second of which, Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009. Her work has been published in Poetry Wales, Poetry London, Poetry Ireland, The Independent and the Forward Anthology 2002 and 2009 as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Scotland. Samantha grew up in New Quay, Ceredigion where she still lives.