Award-winning poet Kathy Miles judged our 2021 competition.

Born in Liverpool, Kathy Miles is a poet and short story writer living in West Wales. Her fourth full collection of poetry, Bone House, was published by Indigo Dreams in October 2020, and her pamphlet Inside the Animal House by Rack Press in 2018. Her short stories have featured in magazines such as The Lonely Crowd, and in a recent anthology, Ugly as Sin and other clichés (Pentad Books, December 2020).

Kathy is a previous winner of the Bridport Prize as well as the Welsh Poetry, Second Light, Penfro and Wells Literature Festival Poetry competitions, and her work appears widely in magazines and anthologies. She has appeared at the Cheltenham Online Poetry Festival and other events and festivals around the UK. She frequently runs poetry workshops, is a regular book reviewer, and a co-editor of The Lampeter Review.

Note: Unlike some competitions where the judge never gets to see your hard work our judges read every poem submitted. We do NOT use any filter judges.

The poems will be judged anonymously to ensure a fair competition and unbiased result and winners will be announced on our website here as well as in the local and national press.

7 Comments on Judges

  1. Anthony Watts // 21 June, 2019 at 10:24 am // Reply

    I can’t see any mention of the number of entries. The first thing you want to know, whether you are a winner or a loser, is what you were up against, a fact that the organisers of most competition (by no means only yours) fail to understand.

  2. Frank palomo // 2 December, 2018 at 6:29 pm // Reply

    My first attempt at welsh verse.
    Sut wyt ti?
    Gwelaf eich colled
    nid am eich bod yma mwyach
    ond oherwydd yr ydych wedi
    wedi mynd nawr dy fod yn fy meddwl yn unig
    Ble wyt ti?
    Clywaf eich llais bellach o fewn fy nghlustiau
    Y tristwch yn atseinio yn fy penglog ac enaid
    Pam yr ydych wedi mynd?
    Pan mae eraill yn parhau hyd
    Annheg yn rhoddwyd mwy o flynyddoedd
    nag y ddau ohonom Rhoddwyd

  3. Good to see John Evans back again this year!! 🙂

  4. Kerry Standen // 2 September, 2015 at 5:50 pm // Reply

    Some good judges here, although it would be nice to see some new ones too. Who will judge next year?

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