First prize winner Alan Franks with poet Mike Longley at the awards ceremony in Winchester (Photo: Samuel Grey/Wilfred Owen Association)

Wilfred Owen poetry contest winners announced

Posted on on 16 September 2014
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The Wilfred Owen Association has announced the winners of its International Poetry Competition. 

The event, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, was held to commemorate Wilfred Owen, the British soldier whose poems have become some of the best known writing of the conflict.  

Entrants were invited to submit poems "in the spirit" of Owen, who was killed in action one week before the Armistice in 1918. 

*First prize was awarded to Alan Franks for his poem 'The Manor.'

*Second prize went to Pamela Trudie Hodge for 'Those Green Thumbed Boys.'

*Third prize was jointly awarded to  Susan Davies for 'The Mango Tree' and Pat Winslow for 'Stroyka 51.'

*The Young Person's prize, for poets under the age of 19, was shared between Conor McKee for 'The Miners' and Peter Mumford for 'Ein Unbekannter Deutscher Offizier.'

Presentations were made to the winners on September 14th 2014 at a ceremony during the Winchester Poetry Festival in the UK.

The poems can be read on the Wilfred Owen Association's website here.

The judges were Meg Crane, Chair of the Wilfred Owen Association; Gladys Mary Coles, poet, novelist, publisher and lecturer in creative writing at Liverpool's universities; Merryn Williams,author of Wilfred Owen, a study of the poet's life and work.

Source: Wilfred Owen Association

Images courtesy of Samuel Grey/Wilfred Owen Association

Posted by: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News