Winning poems in East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition published online

Fri 26th March 2021
Festival Of Words

The winning entries in the East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition 2020 have now been published online. They can be read on the Festival’s website at

The winning entries in each category of the competition are shown on the website and reflect the high standard of the entries received, and the range of the poetry submitted in the various age groups.

The theme of the competition was ‘My Companion, My Best Friend’. Entries were judged by a panel consisting of Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Wendy Pratt, and James Booth of the Philip Larkin Society, and led by James Nash, local writer and poet, who shares his time between Leeds and Bridlington.

Poems were submitted anonymously, so that each was judged purely on its merits. 

Prizes on offer for the winning entries included the £500 CollectionHQ prize (CollectionHQ are the leading collection performance improvement solution for public libraries); the £250 Philip Larkin Society Prize (the Society was founded in 1995 to spread appreciation of his work, and to promote poetry); and the East Riding Gold Prize of £200 and the East Riding Silver Prize of £150.

Just Beverley