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Magma Poetry Competition 2022/23 — Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2022/23 Poetry Competition

Read the poems here


Winner of the JUDGE’S PRIZE judged by Victoria Kennefick
Ben Rogers The Escape

Second Prize:
Jonathan Edwards Penguins

Third Prize:
Ilse Pedler When my body gave itself to counting

Commended Poets:
Kizziah Burton How I learned fast to speak the language of oppression
Vanessa Lampert Thoughts entertained while sitting for Lucien Freud
Kathy Miles Alpinism
Lisa Simpson In which she asks what are you scared of?
Alice White Sl(e)ight


Winner of the EDITORS’ PRIZE for poems of up to 10 lines, judged by Magma editors:
Georgio “Bloom” Russell Hide It

Second Prize:
Jen Feroze Boxing Day Swimmers

Third Prize:
Rósín Leggett Bohan Recovery Room

Commended Poets:
Julie Cameron Gray After Reading Sappho
Katie Hale ring pull
Erica Hesketh Night-feed
Amy Rafferty No Park Bench Memorial
Natalie Whittaker The first time I saw my own ghost


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