Richard Scott wins 2017 Poetry London Competition

Richard Scott
Richard Scott

It’s a one-two-three for Poetry Society Members as Richard Scott, Jack Houston, and Katherine Pierpoint take all three places in this year’s Poetry London Competition, judged by Liz Berry. Fellow Poetry Society Member Natalya Anderson is one of four Commended poets. The first, second and third prizewinners will be published in the autumn 2017 issue of Poetry London and on their website. The prizes will be awarded at the autumn launch reading in London in September.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Swimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound, published by Rialto, won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016. His debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in April 2018. 

Jack Houston is a member of Forest Poets in Walthamstow, London, and was recently on the long list for the London Magazine poetry prize, and commended in the Ware Poets Competition.

Katherine Pierpoint was recently longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and Highly Commended in the Poetry on the Lake International / Open Category.

1st prize: ‘Crocodile’ by Richard Scott
2nd prize: ‘Cages’ by Jack Houston
3rd prize: ‘The memory-foam pillow’ by Katherine Pierpoint

‘I need the Courage of a Cremated Woman’ by Natalya Anderson
‘Dare’ by Mark Pajak
‘The Twilight Sleep II’ by Alice Tomlinson
‘Orgasm as Lapwing’ by Jennie Malboeuf

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27 July 2017