Poems Please Me Prize (2011-present)

The Poems Please Me Prize 2015
Link: Prizewinners & prizes listed, with links to dedicated poem pages and a richly-illustrated, free to view online, 66-page e-book.

The Poems Please Me Prize 2014
Judge: Anthony Watts

First (£600). Mark Totterdell, with Pheasants and Ravens
Second (£300). Pat Borthwick, with White Surf
Third (£150). Alison Collins, with The Felled Pine
Highly Commended (£30). Ian Chamberlain, with Milk Tooth
Highly Commended (£30). Pat Borthwick, with Lessons
Shortlisted. Lynne Arrol, with Bye Pee
Shortlisted. Jo Senior, with A history of brief love and oranges
Shortlisted. Jo Senior, with Her Pegasus
Shortlisted. Mark Totterdell, with Egg
Shortlisted. Mark Totterdell, with Grey Mullet
Sponsor’s award. Naomi Matthews with Snapshots
Sponsor’s award. Debbie Stevens with Pure as Silver

See each poem on its own page (links above) – or in our free eBook Pure Silver complete with illustrations by international artists from The Artists’ Quarter (TAQ),

Entries were received from Australia, Canada, Eire, Finland, France, India, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. From the many poets entering, it serves to emphasise the consistency and quality of poets who succeeded in getting more than one poem shortlisted!


The Poems Please Me Prize 2013

The poets and subjects represented several nations – the theme ‘Movement’ inspired poems dealing with the human reaction to terrorism, to memories, scenes described, to simple fantasy and being at one with the earth.

See an illustrated e-booklet of the poems. Sara Khorasani (First) received a canvas print of her choice illustrating her winning poem ‘Dance of the Earth’. Illustrations: by members of The Artists’ Quarter.

First Prize. Sara Khorasani. Dance of the earth
Second Prize. Annie Fisher. Photograph of Alice with Bubbles
Third/Highly Commended:
Colin Begg. Vancouver by Night
David Edwards. Rwanda
Yael Geva. Michal doesn’t like ants
Colin Rennie. Wind


The Poems Please Me Prize 2011

First: The Fish Charmer by Genista Lewes
Commended: Anima by Richard Biddle
On the Beach
by D A Prince
Shortlisted: Ebb Tide by Julie Stamp
Barefooot by Richard Biddle
Holiday in Sidmouth 1957 by Graham Burchell