March 6th, 2023 at 4:25 pm
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Five Words Poetry Competition

10th Five Words Poetry Competition Winners and Shortlist Announced
6th March 2023


      David Ross Linklater
We are delighted to announce the winners and shortlisted entries from our 10th Five Words International Poetry Competition, judged by Victoria Kennefick. Our warm congratulations to first place winner David Ross Linklater for his poem Lighthouse / Mother, to second place winner Alison McCrossan for her poem Walking alone and to third place winner Glyn Matthews for his poem Terms of Endearment.

The selection was made from 481 entries representing 24 countries. Winners will read their entries at Ó Bhéal’s 16th anniversary event, during the launch of Five Words Vol XVI (both online and via zoom on the 10th April 2023), as will most of the shortlisted poets and our regular five word challenge contributors.

An online version of the anthology will also be made available in time for the launch.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted poets and our sincere thanks to all who entered!

Shortlist & Winners

Lighthouse / Mother by   David Ross Linklater (Scotland) 1st
Walking alone by   Alison McCrossan (Ireland) 2nd
Terms of Endearment by   Glyn Matthews (England) 3rd
Shive by   David W Evans (Jersey)
Gifted by   Laura Theis (England)
After Eunice by   Jill Munro (England)
Scut   by   John Baylis Post (England)
Fump  by   Phoebe Colby (Canada)
It Isn’t Inevitable, Just Likely by   Dante Miller (USA)
In praise of liminality by   Gabrielle Deakin (Spain)
The University Of Brattleboro And The Uncluttered Table by   Rolf Parker-Houghton (USA)
Then There Was Only One Foetal Heartbeat by   Mandy Beattie (Scotland)

Judge: Victoria Kennefick

The 11th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 11th of April 2023 and continue until the 30th of January 2024.