Welsh writer & award-winning poet Sally Spedding judged our 2018 competition.

Sally was born in Porthcawl and originally studied sculpture before winning an international short story competition and finding an agent.

Wringland was her first published crime mystery novel, then Cloven, A Night With No Stars, Prey Silence, Come and Be Killed, Cut To The Bone and The Yellowhammer’s Cradle.

Her collection of short stories, Strangers Waiting appeared in 2008. Other stories have been widely published and won several awards including the H E Bates Prize.

Her poetry runs parallel with her fiction, also dealing with the dark hearts of people and places, although humour does occasionally rear its head. Gaudeamus won the Anne Tibble Award and has with others, been widely published.

In 2009, Sally was a finalist for the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. Bristol 2008 was short listed in the Bridport Prize and Den placed first in the Aesthetica Creative Arts Competition. She has won the Welsh Poetry Competition not once but twice! In 2010 with Litzmannstadt 1941 and again in 2012 with She wears green.

She regularly adjudicates national and local writing competitions and often appears at CrimeFest, the Tenby Arts Festival and many other literary events.

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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.

3 Comments on Judges

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

  2. 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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