The Troubadour Poetry Prize

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

The following prizewinning poems were chosen by judges Neil Astley & Amy Wack who read along with winning poets at our annual prizegiving event at the Troubadour on Monday 1st December 2014 (see judges’ reports & all prizewinning poems from 2014 & pervioous years on our Poems page):

  • First Prize, £5,000, The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Barrel Bombs, Dan O’Brien, Santa Monica CA, USA
  • Second Prize, £1000, Aurvandil’s Toe, Ross Cogan, Faringdon, Oxfordshire
  • Third Prize, £500, Recovery Room, Wes Lee, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand

and, with prizes of £25 each:

  • Intertidal, Gary Geddes, Thetis Island BC, Canada
  • Moth Blues, Danielle McShine, Joinville-Le-Pont, France
  • I Medea, Sarah Roby, Norwich
  • Baltic Woman, Paul Stephenson, Paris, France
  • Field of Light, Alma Brayden, Sandycove, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Kate Bush as spider goddess, Rachel Piercy, Henley-on-Thames
  • Apoptosis, Paul Blake, London SE13
  • Coal Song, Anja Konig, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Punctuation Points, Edward Ragg, China
  • Composition with lots of colours No. 1, Rishi Dastidar, London SE11
  • Mini Van, Peter Sansom, Sheffield
  • Take Five, Bob Rogers, Falmouth
  • The Clowns and Cut Confetti, Ian Harker, Meanwood, Leeds
  • The day they murdered Assefa Maru, Chris Beckett, London SW16
  • Uncut, Rachel Plummer, Edinburgh
  • A list of the bird species recorded in Syria, Ian McEwen, Bedford
  • Recently in Somalia, Frances Galleymore, Wellswood, South Devon
  • Putting up a Music Stand, Richard Aronowitz, Cambridge
  • Ravenglass for Eskdale, Genevieve Carver, Ellerton, York
  • Breech, Suzanna Fitzpatrick, Orpington, Kent

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

judged by amy wack & neil astley with both judges reading all poems

prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading
with amy wack & neil astley
on mon 1st dec 2014
…for all prize-winning poets

submissions, via e-mail or post, by mon 20th oct 2014


  • Neil Astley has been editor of Bloodaxe Books since founding the press after graduating from Newcastle University in 1978. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1982, & an honorary D.Litt from Newcastle University in 1995. He has published two poetry collections & two novels, The End of My Tether & The Sheep Who Changed the World. He has edited the popular & highly acclaimed poetry anthologies Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004) & Being Human (2011) & has published over 300 books by 1000 writers from diverse poetic backgrounds, traditions & generations over the past 35 years, radically changing the image of UK poetry publishing.
  • Amy Wack was born in Florida, USA, raised in California, has a BA in Eng.Lit. from San Diego State University & MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, NYC. After working as Poetry Wales reviews editor, she was appointed Seren Books poetry editor in 1992: among many prize-winning titles produced under her editorship are John Haynes’ Letter to Patience (Costa Poetry Award) & Kathryn Simmonds’ Sunday at the Skin Launderette (Forward Best First Collection). She has edited several anthologies including Oxygen: New Poets from Wales & Burning the Bracken, as well as co-editing Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English.

both 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 Monday 20th Oct 2014 without permission; no limit on number of poems submitted; no 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.
  • By Post: No entry form required; two copies required of each poem submitted; please include the following details on a separate page —
    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 staples; no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.
  • By E-mail: No entry form required; poems must be e-mailed to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); please include the following details in your e-mail message —
    Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR send cheque/money-order/postal-payment by post, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post.
  • Deadline: 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 Mon 20th Oct 2014. Prize-winners only will be contacted individually by Mon 24th Nov 2014. Prize-giving will take place on Mon 1st Dec 2014 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 announcement on Mon 1st Dec 2014; no correspondence will be entered into.

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