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Newcastle Poetry Competition

Newcastle Poetry Competition

Newcastle Poetry Competition 2020 Results

NCLA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Newcastle Poetry Competition Adult Poetry Prize, judged by Colette Bryce.


First Prize: Damen O’Brien, ‘The Handshake’

Second Prize: Natalie Crick, ‘Girlfriend-Watch’

Third Prize: Pippa Little, ‘Spell for a Stonemason’


Highly Commended:


Emily Cooper, ‘Garlicking’
Vanessa Lampert, ‘Student’
Charles Lang, ‘The Chase’
M.R. Peacocke, ‘Flies’
Claudine Toutoungi, ‘The marmots are suffocating’


The winners of the 2020 Young People’s Poetry Prize, judged by Vidyan Ravinthiran are:


Freya Buckley, ‘Windows’
Maria Cunha
, ‘Comfort’
Maisie Goodfellow, ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’
Antonia Johnson, ‘Grandad’s House’
Antonia Johnson, ‘Once’
Philippa Musgrave-Asher, ‘Constellation’ 
Amy Nugent, ‘Treading Water’
Alice Parsons, ‘Cutlery’
Milly Sage, ‘Patti Smith’
Hope Simpson, ‘You Taught Me’
Nikolina Rokic, ‘Beautiful with a Question Mark’
Georgie Woodhead, ‘Baba’s Burgers’


Huge congratulations to the winning poets. A free digital anthology featuring all winning poems and reports by both judges can be downloaded below.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition.


Download 2020 Prizewinners Anthology