The 33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded to Oxford writer and painter Polly Walshe, for her poem ‘Our District’. Adjudicator John O’Donoghue comments: ‘I have read the poem over and over and find new depths and meaning in it every time. There was no poem quite like ‘Our District’ in the great sheaf of poems I read.’ Polly wins 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.
Runners-up were Michael Swan, for ‘We Refugees’, which ‘brings home to the reader how the legacy of oppression remains, how the feeling of contingency and uncertainty never leaves anyone who has fled war and persecution in lives of great economy and power’, and Robert Hamberger for ‘Sleeping with Uncertainty’, a sonnet exploring the uncertainty those facing a potential cancer diagnosis have to endure.
The other shortlisted poems – by Neil Elder, Tony Hendry, Miriam Patrick, David Shields, Ben Stratz, Michael Swan (again) and J S Watts – all possess the qualities O’Donoghue was looking for in his choices: ‘originality of voice, facility with the craft of poetry and felicity of expression’.
All poems will be published in the September edition of The Frogmore Papers, available post-free from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ for £5.
Poet, journalist and author John O’Donoghue will adjudicate the 33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize, worth 250 guineas, in 2019. John’s memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted was Mind Book of the Year Prize in 2010, and his poetry collections include Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009) and Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014). He will read all submissions for the Prize. Previous winners include Ann Alexander, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Caroline Price, Lesley Saunders – and Emily Wills, who has now won on four separate occasions! The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019 and full details are available at: http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/frogmore-poetry-prize/submission-details-for-frogmore-poetry-prize-2019/
The 92nd edition of The Frogmore Papers has now been published.
The issue features a cover by Folkestone artist Patrick Marrin depicting the Christ Church Tower in the town, situated no more than a hundred yards from the site of the Frogmore Tea-Rooms, where the Papers were founded in 1983.
All the poems shortlisted for the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018 are published in the magazine, including ‘On the Subject of Fracking’ by Emily Wills, which won her the Prize for the fourth time. The runners-up by Rosie Jackson and Carole Coates also appear, as do shortlisted poems by Jonathan Edwards, Wendy Klein, Jeni Mills, Miriam Patrick, Susannah Violette and Margaret Wilmot, and new poetry from Michael Curtis, Robert Etty, Jessica Mookherjee, Catherine Smith, Michael Swan, Howard Wright and many others. H Alder provides the prose.
The Frogmore Papers are available post-free for £5.00 from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ, or can be purchased at Skylark, Lewes’s independent bookshop in the Needlemakers.
Of her Prize-winning poem adjudicator Janet Sutherland says: ‘This poem describes the death of a friend and how the son of the friend is affected by that grief in adulthood. This is a confident and moving account. The poem moved me every time I read it. There’s a deep sense of the caring relationship between the speaker and the child’s parent. The comparison between fracking and grief is applied very delicately.’
Runners-up for this year’s Prize (the 32nd) were Rosie Jackson and Carole Coates and other shortlisted poets were Jonathan Edwards, Wendy Klein, Jeni Mills, Miriam Patrick, Susannah Violette and Margaret Wilmot. The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poems will all be published in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers in September. Prize entrants can order a copy at the reduced price of £3.50 (cheques payable to: The Frogmore Press).
Emily Wills has now won the Frogmore Prize on more occasions than any other poet. Caroline Price has won on three occasions, while John Latham and Howard Wright have both won twice.
The Frogmore Poetry Prize will be awarded for the 32nd time this summer. Founded in 1987, the Prize originally comprised the princely sum of twenty-five guineas and a life subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The Prize is now a more substantial two hundred and fifty guineas (£262.50), but the accompanying subscription to the Papers is now for two years, not for life.
The winner of the first Prize was David Satherley and subsequent winners have included Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Sharon Black, Lesley Saunders, and Ann Alexander. Caroline Price and Emily Wills have both performed the extraordinary feat of winning three times while John Latham and Howard Wright have won twice.
The deadline for submissions for this year’s Prize is less than three weeks away (31 May 2018). Adjudicator Janet Sutherland will read all entries.
Thirty-five years on from publication of the first Frogmore Papers the 91st edition has been published. Featuring poetry by Denise Bennett, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Ian Caws, Robin Houghton, Fiona Moore, Myra Schneider and others, prose by Bahar Brunton, Antony Johae and Jane McLaughlin, and artwork by Dee Sunshine, the issue sports a striking cover by Christopher Lewis.
Available post-free for £5 from The Frogmore Press, cash or cheques (payable to The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, BN7 1PJ).
The deadline for submissions to the thirty-second Frogmore Poetry Prize is 31 May 2018. Details HERE. Adjudicator Janet Sutherland will read all entries.
Submissions are invited for the July edition of morphrog (‘poetry in the extreme’). Send up to six poems in a single Word document to: firstname.lastname@example.org