Frogmore Poetry Prize 2019 – winners announced

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.

Polly Walshe, winner of the 2019 Frogmore Poetry Prize

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.

33rd Frogmore Poetry Prize

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/