Sheila Aldous Wins The 2020 International Welsh Poetry Competition!

Press Release : July 20, 2020
Sheila Aldous Wins The 2020 International Welsh Poetry Competition!

Congratulations to Sheila Aldous from Devon who has won first prize in the 2020 contest!

Sheila Aldous Wins The 2020 International Welsh Poetry Competition! 1

The International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020 organisers have announced the winners of their prestigious 14th contest, judged by acclaimed Welsh poet and writer Sally Spedding, and the overall winner was Sheila Aldous for her poem ‘The Debt Due’.
 
The winners were as follows:

1st Prize          THE DEBT DUE – Sheila Aldous, Devon, England
2nd Prize         TO PAUL CELAN – Linda M James, Canterbury, England
3rd Prize          UNSCYTHED – John Gallas, Markfield, England
 
Sally also choose another twenty-five poems for the ‘Highly commended’ section with another forty poems also given a ‘special mention’, such was the quality of entries this year. Although there were several Welsh poets amongst the long list, winners came from all over the world. Winning poems and judges’ comments can be viewed on the competition web site – www.welshpoetry.co.uk
 
Judge Sally Spedding said: “It has been a huge privilege to have once again been invited by Dave Lewis to adjudicate this year’s truly international Welsh Poetry Competition, with a record number of entries. The main themes involved memories, family and relationships, trees, flowers, woodland, birds, the sea and its shores, death, dying, hospitals, lockdown and its consequences, journeys, doom, pregnancy and birth, recollections, self-examination, Aberfan and other places in Wales. Other countries’ histories, too. Save for one poem, there was a noticeable lack of humour, which is hardly surprising. However, a veritable, treasure hunt, with so many gems to choose from…”
 
Competition organiser Dave Lewis said: “It always amazes me just how good many of the poems we get are. There is so much writing talent out there and it’s great to be able to celebrate this each year. As well as being the biggest and most well-respected poetry competition in Wales, in our history we’ve had entries from at least forty countries around the globe, highlighting just how diverse and inclusive the contest is!”
 
 
Full list of winners:
 
WELSH POETRY COMPETITION  2020
 
WINNERS

1st Prize          THE DEBT DUE – Sheila Aldous, Devon, England
2nd Prize         TO PAUL CELAN – Linda M James, Canterbury, England
3rd Prize          UNSCYTHED – John Gallas, Markfield, England
 
HIGHLY COMMENDED

4th       HIDDEN PREY – Sheila Aldous, Devon, England
5th       LISTEN TO ME I AM ODILE – Judith Drazin, Bristol
6th       CELL – Helen Cook, Maesllyn, Wales
7th       CIRCUMNAVIGATION – Sharon Black, France
8th       A KIND OF MUSIC – Isobel Thrilling, Skipton, England
9th       TOTAL IMMERSION – Konstandinos Mahoney, London, England
10th     MOTHER GODDESSES OF NETHERBY – Susan Szekely, Shipley, England
11th     MOTHS – Sheila Aldous, Devon, England
12th     IN THE GENTS AT CRAIG-Y-NOS VISITOR CENTRE – Phil Coleman, Pontardawe, Wales
13th     DELFT – Tanya Parker, York, England
14th     PRETTIEST HOUSE IN THE STREET – Rebecca Palmer, Christchurch, NZ
15th     A NUT ROAST HAS ARRIVED – Simon Maddrell, Brighton & Hove, England
16th     LIZZIE PINCHES (Grandmother’s Skates) – Chris Kinsey, Newtown, Wales
17th     WELSH BAMBOO – Mike Pullman, Hathersage, England
18th     QASIDA IN TIME SLOWED TO THE RHYTHM OF CATS – Dena Fakhro, London, England
19th     CHOSEN FOR THE SEA – Jodie Marchant, Coleford, England
20th     LARGE HOTEL – Robin Muers, Rugby, England
 
 
Plus more info on our website – www.welshpoetry.co.uk
 

Notes to editors

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