March 3rd, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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6th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

Congratulations!! to Mary Anne Smith, our sixth Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her poem, Monolith. Mary Anne will read as Ó Bhéal’s guest poet at our 12th anniversary event (15th April 2019).

Congratulations to all of this year’s shortlisted poets, and for three highly commended entries from Jenny Pollak (Australia), Sophia Li (USA) and Steve Xerri (England). Our thanks to everyone who entered (297 submissions), and we are particularly grateful to judges Bernadette McCarthy & Matthew Geden.


Monolith by   Mary Anne Smith (England) winner
The Idea of Snow  by   by Jenny Pollak (Australia) highly commended
My grandmother goes
to the temple
by   Sophia Li (USA) highly commended
The Lyric Impulse  by   Steve Xerri (England) highly commended
Omens  by   Joan Gooding (England)
Detachment by   Geraldine McCarthy (Ireland)
Peckham Flaneur by   Giles Constable (England)
La Llorona /
Weeping Woman
by   Derek Sellen (England)
What you woke to  by   Steve Xerri (England)
Karst Landscape  by   Gillian Laker (England)
Vardo  by   Jill Munro (England)
Nexus  by   Tamara Miles (USA)

Judges: Bernadette McCarthy and Matthew Geden

The shortlisted poems will appear in Five Words Vol XII, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 15th of April 2019, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 7th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 16th of April, 2019.