Recent Troubadour Poetry Prize–Winners

Troubadour Poetry Prize 2013

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2013: some of our prizewinning poets at Troubadour Prize Night on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 (l to r) Cristina Navazo-Eguia Newton, Richard Douglas Pennant (Cegin Productions), Theresa Munoz, Jo Hemmant, Katy Mack, Anne-Marie Fyfe (organiser), Robert Peake, Louise Warren, Hideko Sueoka, Martin Haslam, Lia Brooks, George Szirtes & Deryn Rees Jones (judges), Mona Arshi, Stuart Silver, Eleanor Hooker and Caroline Smith (see poems below, along with 2007-2012 winners/poems and London New Poetry Award 2010 winner)

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2013

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The following prizewinning poems were chosen by judges Deryn Rees-Jones & George Szirtes who read along with winning poets at our annual prizegiving event at the Troubadour on Monday 2nd December 2013:

  • First Prize, £2,500, Owl, Hideko Sueoka, Tokyo, Japan
  • Second Prize, £500, Bad Day in the Office, Mona Arshi, London W5
  • Third Prize, £250, Red Wing Correctional Facility, Tim Nolan, St Louis Park MN, USA

and, with prizes of £20 each:

  • Gloria, Linda K Thompson, British Columbia, Canada
  • The Bonsai Master’s Wife, Sharon Black, St Andre de Valborgne, France
  • Hare, Ross Cogan, Faringdon, Oxfordshire
  • Weathering, Eleanor Hooker, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
  • Balconies, Louise Warren, London NW3
  • Outside the window the wild world still calls…, Wes Lee, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Y2K On Koh Samui, David Condell, Glasgow
  • Midwife to Mother Shipton, AC Clarke, Glasgow
  • They Are Building a Pleasure Dome, Michael Blackburn, Lincoln
  • The human touch, Martin Haslam, Wokingham, Berkshire
  • Elk, Lia Brooks, Southampton
  • Still Life with Bougainvillea, Robert Peake, Whitwell, Hertfordshire
  • A Night in the Doll’s House, Katy Mack, London SW11
  • Teenager, Caroline Smith, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
  • Simpsons dept store, Toronto, Theresa Munoz, Edinburgh
  • The Barking Women of Josselin, Jo Hemmant, Kent
  • Main Street Goes Up In Flames, Alice Moore, Candor NY, USA
  • Vanishing Rivers of Punjab, Cristina Navazo-Eguia Newton, Swindon, Wiltshire
  • Word Ancestors, Aideen Henry, Galway, Ireland
  • The Waltzer in Sunlight, Marilyn Francis, Radstock, Bath


For Mr. G. P. and Mr. G. A.


Now I work without that sign following
D, prior to F. I follow you,
writing about an owl fascinating
my soul, Mr. G. P., far from haiku.

Did you catch calls of an owl in a park
in Paris sounding again and again?
You did? I, too, pick up this song at dark
singing not-‘twhoo’ but ‘coo hmm’ in misty rain.

Did you think of this owl as a symbol
of sharp-sightly wisdom in Paris?
In Shanghai this owl signals sin and ill
and bad luck, on a par with cannabis.

In your world, if an Asian owl should light
on you, would you call it or avoid it?


Read the prize–winning poems

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