Poetry Competitions

Ver Poets Open Competition 2016

Adjudicator: Andrew McMillan

Closing Date: April 30th 2016

Click here to download the entry form.


This year’s Open Competition is to be judged by Andrew McMillan. Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988 and lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. His debut collection, physical, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He has contributed to The Echo Chamber on BBC Radio 4 and Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. He is one of the judges for the 2015 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Selected and prizewinning poets will be informed by post in June and prizes will be awarded at our poetry afternoon on Saturday, July 2nd 2016 at The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans.

Ver Poets Open Competition 2015 – Results

Adjudicator: Anne-Marie Fyfe

Thank you for supporting our open competition this year. A full list of winning and selected poems is printed below:


  • Recluse by Catherine Edmunds
  • Metamorphosis by Kathy Zwick
  • The Glass Eye Fitter by Keith Chandler
  • Spaceboy by M.A.Fiddes
  • Mantelpiece by Sue Lincoln
  • Juba’s Birdman by Margaret Eddershaw


  • Tallow by Helen Overell
  • Fable from a South Lanarkshire Scrapyard by  Tom Bryan
  • Eclipsed by Catherine Edmunds
  • Truth Suspended by David King
  • Mooring by Kerry Darbishire
  • Realisation Dawns by Jonathan Mayman
  • The King of Dystopia by Adrian Boddy
  • Aniconism by Adrian Boddy
  • Kneading by Gaia Holmes
  • The Cemetery Brotherhood by Michael Henry
  • The Mouth Organist by Michael Henry
  • Deliverance by Margaret Gleave
  • A Year of Leaves is Wasted by Margaret Gleave
  • Doxology by Wendy Klein
  • From Derwent by Liz Venn
  • The Monitoring of Punches by Char March
  • Ardnamurchan Dragonfly by Char March
  • Grace Notes by André Mangeot
  • Passion by André Mangeot
  • Patience by Owen Lewis
  • Shorthand by Caroline Price
  • The Little Dancer… by Denni Turp
  • I Redecorate My House … by Yvonne Reddick
  • Dreich by Grahaeme Barrasford Young
  • Museum of the Revolution by Alastair Paterson  
  • Another Return by Kay Hathway
  • Uncle B by Joan Michelson
  • Via by David Van-Cauter
  • Larry Jackson’s Final Attempt by Miles Salter
  • Board by Annemarie Mullan
  • Bookshop – Osterley by Simon Rees-Roberts

Our competition anthology, The Ver Prize 2015, includes all of the above poems and Anne-Marie Fyfe’s report. All those included will receive a copy. Further copies can be ordered by sending a cheque for £4 (plus £1 p&p), made payable to Ver Poets, to 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH.

Gillian Knibbs

Ten Liners Members Competition 2015 – Results

Adjudicator: Anne Stewart

  • First Prize:  Close the Door Softly – Finola Holiday
  • Joint Second:  Dreaming of dolphins – Christopher Delaney
  • Joint Second:  The days – Anna Aveburye

 Highly Commended:

  • Up The Garden Path – A.C.Clarke
  • Inmate–Muriel Towell
  • Rough Night at Sea- Valerie Morton
  • Spring Comes – Kaye Lee


  • Peace bell–Rosemary Muncie
  • I’d Say–June English
  • Poem for John–Sylvia Banham
  • Remembrance – Selwyn Veater
  • After Hearing Vivaldi… – Selwyn Veater
  • Sunshaft – A.C.Clarke
  • Meeting – A.C.Clarke
  • Nights – Muriel Towell
  • Damage limitation – Diana Pritchard
  • There are words still waiting–Kevin Maynard
  • Vase–Isobel Thrilling
  • Missing – Kaye Lee
  • October Rose–Bob Niblett
  • Spring–Pat Watson
  • “I have a little neck”–Laura Garratt
  • Blue Lightening – Laura Garratt
  • Instant–Susan Skinner
  • Borrowing books… – Terry Jones
  • Juvenilia – Terry Jones
  • Christmas Decoration – Daphne Schiller
  • Voyage – David Jones
  • Under Two–Helen Lovelock-Burke
  • The Airing Cupboard–Roy Batt
  • Poets have been mysteriously… – Viv Mcmanus
  • The Only Thing–Simon Bowden
  • September apples–Beliz McKenzie
  • Small comforts – Beliz McKenzie
  • The Pianist–Katherine Gallagher
  • Rock and Roll–Anna Avebury

All those included will receive a copy of the anthology. Further copies can be ordered by sending a cheque for £3 per copy, made payable to Ver Poets, to 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH. Postage free.

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