Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2022

Judge: Michael Symmons Roberts

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The Guernsey Literary Festival presents a competition that could deliver your work to thousands of readers.

Winning entries will be displayed

  • on Guernsey buses
  • a smaller selection will take part in a second, larger display at Guernsey Airport, then all over the islands

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Poems on the Move

Your poem could be on show in 2022. The Guernsey Literary Festival, together with Guernsey Arts and Guernsey Post, presents a competition that could deliver your work to thousands of readers.

Winning entries are selected in two phases: 21 poems will be chosen, and 9 of these will take part in a second, larger display, first at Guernsey Airport, then all over the island.

Entries must be no longer than 14 lines and must fit on a single A4 page.

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Guernsey Literary Festival 2022

Guernsey’s natural beauty, and its picturesque harbour town of St Peter Port, make the island an exceptional location for a literary festival. The tenth Guernsey Literary Festival takes place from 22nd-26th June 2022. We offer a varied and energetic celebration of literature with something for everyone – from aspiring writers to families looking for a fun day out. For more information on events in 2022 visit guernseyliteraryfestival.com

We invite you to join us for the International Poetry Competition Winners’ Reading on Wednesday 22nd June 2022.

Categories & Prizes

  • Open Poetry

    Ages 18 and over*

    Entries £4 per poem or enter 3 poems for £10

    1. 1st prize £1000
    2. 2nd place £500
    3. 3rd place £200
  • Channel Islands’ Poetry

    Ages 18 and over, born or resident* in the Channel Islands

    Entries £4 per poem or enter 3 poems for £10

    1. 1st prize £250
    2. 2nd place £50
    3. 3rd place £30
  • Young People’s Poetry

    Aged 11-17*

    Entry free

    1. 1st prize £250
    2. 2nd place £50
    3. 3rd place £30

*age and resident on 15th February 2022

Poems submitted in the Channel Island category are also entered into the Open category

Our Judge for 2022
Michael Symmons Roberts

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Michael Symmons Roberts’ poetry has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association.

His continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera. Their WNO commission – The Sacrifice – won the RPS Award for opera, and their Royal Opera House / Scottish Opera commission – Clemency – was nominated for an Olivier Award.

His broadcast work includes the BBC4 verse film Men Who Sleep in Cars – described by the Observer as “a work of genius”, A Fearful Symmetry – for Radio 4 – which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and Last Words commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11.

He has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

His 8th poetry collection – Ransom – was published by Cape in March 2021.

Filter judge Candy Neubert is a poetry reader for the Bridport Prize. Her last two collections Channel and Island, were partly inspired by Guernsey.

2021 Winners

  • Open Category

    1st Prize: ‘Pruning The Laurel’, Ros Woolner, UK, £1000

    2nd Prize: ‘Flack’, Katriona Campbell, UK, £500

    3rd Prize: ‘The Last Changing Room’, Ros Woolner, UK, £250


  • Channel Islands’ Category

    1st Place: ‘She’s Not Out Of The Woods Yet’, Camille Brouard, Guernsey

    2nd Place: ‘Where Are Your Architecture Critics Now?’, Poppy Bristow, Alderney

    3rd Place: ‘Warp And Weft’, Judy Mantle, Jersey

  • Young People’s Category

    1st Place: ‘School Bus’, Emily Hunt, Warwick

    2nd Place: ‘Sonnet to Surrender’, Armance Flesselle, France

    3rd Place: ‘Modern Foreign Language’, Robert Ebner-Statt, UK

    Highly Commended: ‘Tinnitus’, Holly Harrison, N.Ireland ‘Peacocks’, Freya Leech, UK ‘The People At The Pond’, Madeleine Jones, UK

Poems on the Buses Winners

  • ‘After Three Years’, Vasiliki Albedo, Greece

    ‘Ros’, Carole Bromley, York

    ‘The Fishmonger’, Carole Bromley, York

    ‘It Seems Like Yesterday’, Christina Buckton, Cambridge

  • ‘Have-nots’, Jordan Guillou, Guernsey

    ‘Twenty Moons’, Jo Haslam, Huddersfield

    ‘Unsung’, Stephen Keeler, Ullapool

    ‘Suddenly’, Shirley Nicholson, Manchester

  • ‘Mackerel’, Judy O’kane, N.Ireland

    ‘True Love’, Bilston, Steve Pottinger, West Midlands, UK

    ‘Start At The Start’, Owen Rees, Manchester UK

    ‘2000’, Mark Totterdell, Exeter

12 poems listed alphabetically by poet's surname.

All poems from the Poems on the Buses Exhibition.

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