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Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 — Winners Announced

Magma Poetry is excited to announce the winners and commended poets for its 2020/21 Poetry Competition for both the Judge’s Prize and the Editors’ Prize.

Many thanks to everyone who entered our annual Competition. We received something in the region of 4,000 poems this year, and we are hugely grateful for your continued support of our magazine.
Our Judge Theresa Lola and the Magma Editors have had some very tough choices to make, but we now have our list. Many congratulations to all the winning and commended poets – the winning poems will be published early this summer in Magma Issue 80 and the winning and commended poems will be published on our website to coincide with that issue’s launch.


FIRST PRIZE ————An Inscription on a Grave by Damen O’Brien (Australia)
SECOND PRIZE ——-Sisterland: Fugue & Assimilamentations by S.K. Kim (UK)
THIRD PRIZE ———–Continuity by Catriona Wright (Canada)

COMMENDED POEMS in no particular order
Ursus Maritimus by Nairn Kennedy (UK)
Cutting Your Hair by Lydia Kennaway (UK)
Gently Down The Stream by David Short (UK)
Off Beachy Head by M Valentine Williams (UK)
my mother nature by Sharlene Oola (UK)


FIRST PRIZE ———-Breakfast, Grade Six by Colleen Baran (Canada)
SECOND PRIZE ——But Sometimes My Dad Would Use Tickling by Emily Harrison (UK)
THIRD PRIZE ———This long chain by P. N. Singer

COMMENDED POEMS in no particular order
at a reading, a white woman asks what good it does to be always harping on about the past
——by Katie Hale (UK)
After the Tet Offensive by Eve Ellis (UK)
Wreaths by Hannah Hodgson (UK)
The Bus Stop, Coulsdon, d. Summer 2011 by Jasmine Farndon (UK)
Gun (Belfast, 1974) by Tim Scott (UK)


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