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AUB International Poetry Prize

AUB International Poetry Prize 2023

Arts University Bournemouth's International Poetry Prize is an annual poetry competition that attracts writers aged 16 and over from all across the world.

We're delighted with the third year of Arts University Bournemouth's International Poetry Prize, having received hundreds of entries from 18 countries, with poets responding to our competition theme of Chance.

Digital anthology 2023

We're delighted to present our digital anthology for 2023! This features the top 50 poems from this year's competition, including winner Natalie Perman, runners-up Naoise Gale and Ken Evans, plus highly commended entries, all selected by our Chair of Judges, Glyn Maxwell.

The anthology also showcases the work of our BA (Hons) Creative Writing students and alumni, featuring Bon Apaga, Juno-Blake Cree, Isabelle Fairhurst, Kester Grieve, Cameron House, Evie Molyneux, Karishma Natu, Molly Ward, Ben Whittall, Carmilla Williamson and Hailey Wood.

We hope you enjoy reading the poems!


It was a pleasure to celebrate National Poetry Day 2023 at our special online event to hear the prize-winning, highly commended and longlisted poems. The event also featured a showcase of AUB BA (Hons) Creative Writing student work and a video exclusive from Chair of Judges Glyn Maxwell.


  • A dog's chance (why I called) – Natalie Perman


  • If – Naoise Gale
  • Purple Iris – Ken Evans

Highly Commended

  • A Mist of Smoke – Claire Lynn
  • Fruit Machine – Jonathan Edwards
  • Incry – Andrew George
  • Marginal – Sharon Black
  • No Chance – Elisabeth Murawski
  • Odds Against – Adrian Buckner
  • Only The Grey Ones Can Kill You – Helen Angell
  • RITN IN Đ STARZ – Frank Johnson
  • Sacha’s Menshi on the Lavvie Wall – Karen Downs-Barton
  • Voting Day – Norman Miller

Congratulations to all the winners!

Longlisted entries

The following poems were longlisted and forwarded for final judging by Glyn Maxwell.

  • A dog's chance (why I called)
  • A Mist of Smoke
  • Amateur Observations
  • Bidding Goodbye to the Ghosts of Our Alternate Histories
  • Chance
  • Chance
  • Chance Encounter
  • Debt
  • Delicacy
  • Dust and Butterflies
  • E. Jean Carroll’s Chance Encounter with Donald Trump in a Bergdorf Goodman Department Store
  • Empty Bag
  • Fictional Intersection
  • Forward March
  • Fruit Machine
  • Gallant
  • He's gone
  • How I met Sandy
  • If
  • In Bocca al Lupo
  • Incry
  • Infinity, & Zero
  • Inheritance

  • Jumping Into The Blended Aisle
  • Many a Slip
  • Marginal
  • Meeting in Bloomsbury
  • Miracle of Existence
  • My daughter found this emerald on the beach
  • My Grandfather Delivering Fruit Machines, 1975
  • No Chance
  • Odds Against
  • On Not Becoming Curator of Keats-Shelley House
  • Only The Grey Ones Can Kill You
  • Purple Iris
  • Rebirth
  • Rock, Paper
  • Sacha's Menshi on the Lavvie Wall
  • Seagulls
  • Suicide: Chasms or Mountains?
  • The Soap-Dishes in the Shower Block at Alcatraz
  • Tidings
  • To Become a Famous Rooster, You Must First Ship Sand
  • Today the sky is full of threads—
  • Twenty-two
  • Voting Day
  • Whale song

Meet the Chair of Judges

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Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell's books of poetry include How The Hell Are You, which was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award; Pluto, which was shortlisted...

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The AUB International Poetry Prize 2023 (the "Poetry Prize") is organised by Arts University Bournemouth ("AUB")...