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AUB International Poetry Prize 2023

Previous Winners

Previous Winners

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

See below to find out the winners and longlisted (top 50) entries of our previous AUB International Poetry Prizes.

AUB International Poetry Prize 2022

Winners

We're delighted with this second year of the competition. We received over 270 entries from 17 countries, with poets responding to our competition theme of ‘Choice’. As last year, the standard was very high.

Winner

  • End of the Night Shift – Susan E Thomas

Runners-up

  • Liz tells me OnlyFans pays in USD – Perla Kantarjian
  • The Man Who Swims at Night – Elena Croitoru

Highly Commended

  • A Winter Loose With Cruel Dissolve – Phil Cassidy
  • All Clear – Christopher M James
  • Advance Decision – Alison Binney
  • The fever – Ewan Monaghan
  • The Hope of Birds – Clare Starling
  • for the Bayraktar Drone on the night of the Turkish invasion
  • Seven Feet of English – Jonathan Edis
  • Those Who Don't Exist – Sam Szanto
  • Solomon – Jonathan Edwards
  • East Coast Story – Paul Stephenson

Longlisted poems (50)

  • A lesson in rosewood
  • A winter loose with cruel dissolve
  • Adulthood
  • Advance decision
  • All clear
  • An Unreal Feeling
  • At the beginning of the war, my mother buried her laughter
  • Blue
  • But what is privilege
  • Diving into Paint
  • DNR Order, Still Life
  • Dowsing
  • East Coast Story
  • End of the Night Shift
  • Fireflies & Ice Cream
  • For the Bayraktar drone on the night of the Turkish invasion
  • Hold On
  • Infinite Possibilities
  • Kestrel Encounter
  • Learning to Live in the Forest
  • Liz tells me OnlyFans pays in USD
  • Meeting Mr Emmet
  • News from Agnieszka Just Across the Border
  • Nobody held a gun to your head

  • Of Shining Brass and Copper
  • One of these days I’ll do like David Hockney
  • Rehearsal
  • Rite of Passage
  • Seven feet of English
  • Shostakovich’s fifteenth
  • Silent Bells
  • Solomon
  • Strays, Thailand
  • Supreme Atavism
  • The fever
  • The Headcarriers of Seelampur
  • The Hope Of Birds
  • The Labrador Dojo
  • The Man Who Swims at Night
  • The Memory is a Second Grave
  • The right medicine
  • The shrinking of small distant things
  • This is when
  • Those Who Don’t Exist
  • Trigger
  • Thunder Music
  • Warning
  • What a joy it is
  • Whitby
  • Wicked Murk Spoked Edict

AUB International Poetry Prize 2021

Winners

We're delighted with this inaugural year of the competition. We received over 300 entries from 17 countries, with poets responding to our competition theme of ‘Change’. The standard was exceptionally high.

Winner

  • Alternate Argumentum Ornithologicum - Laurence O’Dwyer

Runners-up

  • Distancing - David Butler
  • Dry Missus - Tessa Foley

Highly Commended

  • Paul - Jonathan Edwards
  • Hayek At Ninety - William Stephenson
  • And Us Made Ash Made Smoke Headed - Tammy Armstrong
  • Assassin’s Creed - Giles Goodland
  • Seventh Child - Chrissie Dreier
  • Die-back - Lizzy Lister
  • Elsewhere Vines Wither - Heidi Beck
  • shared memory overflow error - Roger Bloor
  • Growing Fish in Petri Dishes - Maria Roe
  • Saltaire - Bex Hainsworth

Congratulations to all the winners!

Longlisted Poems (50)

  • (hunger) - Anushka Nagarmath (India)
  • A Grown-up Daughter and a Father - Emily Wootton (England)
  • After Image - David Butler (Ireland)
  • Alternate Argumentum Ornithologicum - Laurence O'Dwyer (Ireland)
  • And Us Made Ash, Made Smoke Headed - Tammy Armstrong (Canada)
  • Arcs - Bex Hainsworth (England)
  • Ash Dieback - Terry O'Brien (England)
  • Assassin's Creed - Giles Goodland (England)
  • At the Andy Warhol Show - Victoria Field (England)
  • Change - Jonathan Edwards (Wales)
  • Crow's Feet and Wrinkles - L J Woods (Scotland)
  • Cupping Our Palms - Jonathan Greenhause (USA)
  • Debrief - Oz Hardwick (England)
  • Die-back - Lizzy Lister (England)
  • Distancing - David Butler (Ireland)
  • Dry Missus - Tessa Foley (England)
  • Duchamp - Adrian Buckner (England)
  • Elsewhere Vines Wither - Heidi Beck (England)
  • Exchange - Janet Olearski (Portugal)
  • Fields for the Future, 1978 - Lizzy Lister (England)
  • Final Departure Before Lockdown – C M Strong (Scotland)
  • Forms of Intelligence - Jonathan Greenhause (USA)
  • From Boyhood to Manhood - Mark Kirkbride (England)
  • Girlhood - Stephanie Powell (England)
  • Growing Fish in Petri Dishes - Maria Roe (England)

  • Hayek at Ninety – William Stephenson (England)
  • Inner Voice Workshop - Mary Mulholland (England)
  • Intercession - Christopher M James (France)
  • Let Me Tell You About When I Emigrated – Heidi Beck (England)
  • Little Eyes in the Trees – nudi (England)
  • McDonald's Happy Meal Container in Deep Forest - Jonathan Edwards (Wales)
  • My Father at Work 1965 - Jonathan Edwards (Wales)
  • Paul - Jonathan Edwards (Wales)
  • POWs - Paul Stephenson (England)
  • Quite Impossible - Simon Beech (England)
  • Regeneration - Tim Relf (England)
  • Retirement - Merle Corot (England)
  • Role Change - Mary Mulholland (England)
  • Saltaire - Bex Hainsworth (England)
  • School Bus Anthem - Rachel Burns (England)
  • Seventh Child - Chrissie Dreier (England)
  • Shared Memory Overflow Error - Roger Bloor (England)
  • Snow at Adam's Park - Isabella Mead (England)
  • Strikes - Jane Thomas (England)
  • Sweet and Low - Stephanie Powell (England)
  • Sweets (or of the before and after) - Stefano Peressini (Italy)
  • The Swallows’ Nest in the Patio Wall - Armando Allan (England)
  • The Trap - Bath Split - Jane Thomas (England)
  • ‘Trane Journey - Terry O'Brien (England)
  • West Bank - Christopher M James (France)

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Overview

The competition, with its theme of ‘Choice’ is open to writers over the age of 16 from any part of the world and will be judged by...
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The AUB International Poetry Prize 2023 (the "Poetry Prize") is organised by Arts University Bournemouth ("AUB")...