Judy Durrant Wins Welsh Poetry Competition

Published Mon 2 Jul 2018 - By Literature Wales
Judy Durrant

The Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 organisers have announced the winners of the 12th international competition, judged by acclaimed writer Sally Spedding, and the overall winner was Judy Durrant for her poem Prayer To A Jacaranda.


The winners were as follows:

1st Prize          PRAYER TO A JACARANDA – Judy Durrant, Victoria, Australia

2nd Prize         HEFT – David J Costello, Wirral, Merseyside

3rd Prize          THE MOLE – Jean James, Mayals, Swansea


Sally also chose another seventeen poems for the ‘Highly commended’ section with another thirty-four poems also given a ‘special mention’, such was the quality of entries this year.  As always winners came from all over the world.


Judge Sally Spedding said: “This year’s Welsh Poetry Competition has yielded another bumper crop, showing bravery, insight and compelling imagery. All human life and more was there. Most poems had something to say, were well crafted with no excess baggage or unintended repetitions, and it was these that nudged towards the light…” adding,“To be tasked with being sole judge in such an important, international competition has been an honour, also humbling. I’ve been privy to the most private of thoughts, taken exciting journeys of a more physical kind, wanting each entry to share something transformative and original, not simply treading old, familiar ground…” concluding with thanks: “Many thanks to Dave Lewis for his support, practical help and encouragement, and congratulations to all those poets who bravely took a chance and whose honed work day by day moved into that light, shining and memorable.”