The Troubadour Poetry Prize

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016

The following prizewinning poems were chosen by our 2016 judges Jane Yeh & Glyn Maxwell who read along with winning poets at our annual prize-giving event at the Troubadour on Monday 31st October 2016:

  • First Prize, £5,000, Pasodoble With Lizards, Abigail Parry, London
  • Second Prize, £1,000, Father, Dennis L.M. Lewis, Doha, Qatar
  • Third Prize, £500, To the Headless Long-Stemmed Rose on a Staircase in the Subway, Kateri Lanthier, Toronto, Canada

plus (new!) Troubadour prizes (for London/South-East winners)

  • £100 Troubadour restaurant gift voucher, Shogo Says, Kirsten Irving, London
  • Bottle of Troubadour champagne, Monologues for Young Actresses, Barbara Barnes, London

plus 20 prizes of £25 each for:

  • Patience, Andrea Holland, Norwich
  • Threads, Audrey Ardern-Jones, Epsom, Surrey
  • After all you discover it is about locks, Barbara Morton, Drumoig, Fife
  • Balloons, Betty Thompson, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
  • Departure, Beverly Nadin, Sheffield
  • Ode to an Octopus, Catherine Temma Davidson, London
  • Writing Him Out, Elizabeth Parker, Bristol
  • [La Madre wants not to be in the sea—], Geraldine Clarkson, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  • Flight, Giles Goodland, London
  • Fossils, Jennie Osborne, Ideford, Devon
  • Vera, Keith Hutson, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
  • Leeches, Lindsey Holland, Aughton, Lancashire
  • by the aviary his brother sat down and wept, Mariel Alonzo, Davao, Philippines
  • The Bird Woman of Nigeria, Noreen Ellis, Chicago, USA
  • Advice for Girls, Phoebe Stuckes, Alcombe, Somerset
  • Surfacing, Richard Aronowitz, Oxford
  • Plague, Ruth Waterman, London
  • Dieppe, Scott Elder, St Priest des Champs, France

Read the winning poems & judges’ reports on our poems page…

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016: details

judged by jane yeh & glyn maxwell

prizes: 1st £5,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
first prize sponsored by cegin productions

plus (new!) £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher
plus (new!) bottle of troubadour champagne (to be collected at troubadour coffee-house)
(both for poems from London & South-East)

plus 20 prizes of £25 each

plus an autumn 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with jane yeh & glyn maxwell
on mon 31 oct 2016
…for all prize-winning poets

submissions, via e-mail or post, by tue 21 jun 2016

…and check out 2015 winners list, winning poems & judges’ report on our poems page


  • Glyn Maxwell (b. Welwyn Garden City) was named as a Poetry Book Society ‘New Generation’ poet in 1994 & has written novels, libretti, drama, radio drama, & prose including On Poetry (Oberon, 2012), as well as editing a collected edition of Derek Walcott’s poetry. His nine collections of poetry include a ‘selected poems’, One Thousand Nights and Counting (2011) & his latest, Pluto (Picador,2013).
  • Jane Yeh (b. New Jersey, ed. Harvard University) holds master’s degrees from Iowa Writers’ Workshop & Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first collection Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for Whitbread, Forward, & Aldeburgh prizes; her latest is The Ninjas, (Carcanet, 2012). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University & was named a ‘Next Generation’ poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.

judges will read all poems submitted


  • General: Entry implies acceptance of all rules; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification; submissions accepted by post or e-mail from poets of any nationality, from any country, aged over 18 years; no poet may win more than one prize; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Poems: Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted poems (whether submitted by post or as e-mail attachment), must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published (in print or online); prize-winning poems may be published (in print or online) by Troubadour International Poetry Prize, & may not be published elsewhere for one year after Tue 21 Jun 2016 without permission; no limit on number of poems submitted; no limit on number of separate submissions any individual may make; poems may be submitted by post or e-mail (see submission details below) but poems already submitted by e-mail should not then also be submitted by post; no text alterations accepted after submission.
  • Fees: All entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5/€6/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); entries only included when payment received via EITHER
  • PayPal: see PayPal options at bottom of this page (PayPal account not required, no additional details required, please note your PayPal Receipt No.) OR
  • Cheque/Money-Order: payable to Coffee-House Poetry
  • NB: include PayPal name or cheque signatory name in e-mail or postal submission details, only if different from Poet’s Name.
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    Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR cheque/money-order/postal-payment enclosed; no paper-clips or staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.
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  • Timeline: All postal entries, and any cheque/money-order/postal-payments for e-mail entries, to arrive at Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP postmarked on or before Tue 21 Jun 2016. Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing Mon 8 Aug 2016. Prize-giving will take place on Mon 31 Oct 2016 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London.
  • Acknowledgement/Results: E-mail entries acknowledged within 14 days of receipt of both entry & payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope marked Acknowledgement &/or stamped, addressed envelope marked Results; results will be posted on website (& mailed to all postal entrants who included a Results envelope) after Mon 8 Aug 2016; no correspondence will be entered into.

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