Award-winning Welsh poet and crime writer Sally Spedding judged our 2020 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, The Yellowhammer’s Cradle, Behold A Pale Horse, The Nighthawk, Downfall and The Devil’s Garden.

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.

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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