Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2023

The following prizewinning poems were chosen by our 2023 judges, Mona Arshi & Tom Sleigh (see judges’ reports & poems below):

  • First Prize, £2,000, Traceries, Jennifer Harrison, Windsor, Victoria, Australia
  • Second Prize, £1000, A child’s Christmas in alcohol, Simon Walsh, Brattleboro VT, USA
  • Third Prize, £500, Zebra haworthia, Jane Wilkinson, Norwich


Commended poems:

  • The King’s Raven, Afra Kingdon, Northam, Devon
  • The Influencer’s Prayer, Anne Casey, Northbridge NSW, Australia
  • Generational Trauma, Bronagh Mallon, Belfast
  • Zulu, Catherine Edmunds, Bishop Auckland, Durham
  • This is also true, Charlotte Salkind, London
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Deb O’Rourke, Toronto, Canada
  • Sometimes Life, Deveraux Baker, Mendocino CA, USA
  • The Ilium, Diana Valk, Surbiton, Surrey
  • Landscape with inner child, Jane Lovell, Lynton, Devon
  • Dust, Jane Williams, South Launceston, Tasmania
  • hostage situation, Kate Kruimink, Cygnet, Tasmania
  • Five Sleep Potions for Troubled Nights, Leah Larwood, Plumstead, Norfolk
  • my mother, wearing a pencil skirt, in a meadow, Liz McSkeane, Dublin
  • Olly and Pepper are safe, Martyn Crucefix, London
  • Calling on the New House, Mick Wood, London
  • Sharing a Koch with You, Nicky Melville, Edinburgh
  • No More Wind, Peter Ross, Honiton, Devon
  • The House Where Benjamin Zephaniah Didn’t Live, Sallie Durham, Lewes, East Sussex
  • Mary Shelley’s Babies, Stephanie Green, Edinburgh

2023 judges’ reports

Mona Arshi writes…

Judging an international poetry competition is both a joyful and fretful task – fretful as it’s always filled with some level…

Read full judges' reports, & 2023 prize–winning & commended poems

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