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Poet of the Year Competition

This year we were absolutely delighted to receive more than 300 entries to the Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition. This year’s awards event took place on Thursday 4 October at the University of Kent’s Colyer-Fergusson Hall. We would like to thank all those who submitted work and congratulate this year’s finalists.

Festival Poet of the Year Competition Results:

Winner of the University of Kent Prize and Poet of the Year 2019
Mara Adamitz Scrupe for brief guide to stuffwork weaving and embroidery/ a sung or muttered canto mouthed

Second Place: Amy McGinn for Acts 1-3 Combined

Third Place: Marilyn Donovan for Her Beads Have Names

Best Read Poem: Charlotte Cornell for Fever

The People’s Choice: Marilyn Donovan for Her Beads Have Names

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the long and shortlisted poets. 

Anthologies of the longlisted poems are available from the Festival office at £5 each.