Welsh writer & award-winning poet Kathy Miles will be judging our 2017 competition.

Kathy Miles is a poet and short story writer living in West Wales. She has published three collections of poetry: The Rocking Stone (Poetry Wales Press), The Shadow House, and Gardening With Deer (Cinnamon Press). She has also produced an edited anthology of poems and photographs (The Third Day: Landscape and the Word) for Gomer Press.

Her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and she has been placed in several major competitions, winning the Welsh Poetry Competition in 2014, the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2015, and the PENfro Poetry Competition in 2016.

Her recent work has very much concentrated on the landscape, and in examining the relationships between people and the environments which they inhabit: however, having been born and brought up in Liverpool, she is also interested in exploring cityscapes, and particularly the history and ethnography of the urban environment.

Kathy frequently reads at local events and festivals, and is a co-editor of The Lampeter Review. She is a founder-member of the Lampeter Writers’ Group, formerly run by Gillian Clarke, and a member of Wales PEN Cymru and The Welsh Academy. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and is currently working on a fourth poetry collection.


Gardening With Deer (Cinnamon Press, 2016)
The Shadow House (Cinnamon Press, 2009)
The Third Day: Landscape and the Word (Gomer, 1995)
The Rocking Stone (Poetry Wales Press, 1988)

1st place, PENfro Poetry Competition, 2016
1st place, Bridport Poetry Prize, 2015
3rd place, Second Light Short Poetry Competition, 2015
1st place, Welsh Poetry Competition, 2014
1st place, Second Light Short Poetry Competition, 2013

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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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