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Chancellors Poetry Prize

Chancellor’s Poetry Prize 2023

Chancellor's Poetry Prize 2023: Winning Entries

This year current undergraduate and postgraduate Newcastle University students were invited to submit a poem on the theme of bridges, exploring the idea of community and connectionThank you to everyone who entered.

Entries were judged by Neil Astley, Editor & Managing Director of Bloodaxe Books Ltd, and our Chancellor and award-winning poet, Imtiaz Dharker.

The winner will receive a prize of £250 and the opportunity to read their poem at the Honorary Fellowships Celebration and Newcastle Poetry Festival in May.

Congratulations to:

Michael Brown, MPhil Creative Writing, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics 

Winner for the poem 'Stepping Stones'

Michael’s first
 collection, Where Grown Men Go, was published by Salt in 2019.  In addition, his pamphlets Undersong (2014) and Locations for a Soul (2016) are available from Eyewear Publishing and Templar respectively. His work has recently been published in Magma, Poetry Wales and Poetry News. 

The judges also gave commendations to Oenone Thomas (MA Writing Poetry) for 'Nine Bridges' and Roxanne Clarkson (BA English Literature) for 'swings (and roundabouts)'. Runners up will receive a certificate and signed copy of Imtiaz Dharker's book 'Over the Moon’.