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The Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2021 winning poems

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2021, the Edward Cawston Thomas prize.

The 2021 Poetry Competition closed at midnight on January18th, 2021. There was a  tremendous response with over 500 poems submitted and very many of exceptional quality.

Shortlisting was undertaken by a small group of Fellowship members before final judging by the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott, who has now reached her decision.

The Edward Cawston Thomas Prize for 2021 was awarded to Vanessa Lampert for her poem ‘Bedlington Terriers’. Joint runners-up prizes were awarded to William (Bill) Dodd for ‘The Lady of the Tortelli’ and to Caroline Gilfillan for her poem ‘Evidence’.

Highly commended poems were also submitted by Roger Elkin, Mark Fiddes, Terence Jones, David Lukens, Maureen Osborne and Miriam Patrick.

The judge’s report will be available from here shortly and in the meantime Vanessa’s poem can be read from here, Bill’s from here and Caroline’s from here.

We are pleased to extend an invitation to the winning poets to read their poems at the end of this year’s Fellowship AGM which will take place on Sunday 21st March 2021 at 2.30 pm by Zoom. Members will have received details about registration in the AGM pack that accompanied Newsletter number 85.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Details of winning poems and the judge’s report from past years are available from here.

Readers may also be interested in purchasing this anthology of previous winning poems from the competition (2017-2019) – more details and purchase information are available here.