Poetry Rivals 2016

Taking poetry from the page to the stage!

Poetry Rivals 2013 Champions Are Announced!

On Saturday 3rd May, Poetry Rivals held its 5th finalists’ slam, this year at the Burghley Club in Peterborough. This much-anticipated event was packed full of poets, their family and friends, all eagerly awaiting  Throughout the day and evening, 3 finals were held, Under 16s, 16-25s and Over 25s, where finalists performed their work to a live audience and guest panel of judges: Hollie McNish, Mixy, Tim Clare and host, Mark Grist.


During 2013 poets entered their work, the best selection were published in Poetry Rivals’ 2013 anthologies before spoken word artist (and YouTube sensation!) Mark Grist read every published poem and painstakingly picked 50 finalists for each category.


Each poet did an outstanding job, bringing their words to life and after their applause died down, Mark Grist explained why their poem had been chosen. The judges faced a tough decision in each category, picking a slam champion from all the fantastic pieces that had made it to the final.


Poetry Rivals is delighted to announce the winners:
Under 16s Slam Champion 2013 is Molly Barnes from Leeds, who won a laptop.
Under 16s Runners-up 2013 are Luca Dixon from London and Lydia Byron from Milton Keynes, who each won a Kindle Fire.


16-25s Slam Champion 2013 is Carmina Masoliver from Surrey, who won a performance poetry package, which includes a one-to-one workshop with Mark Grist, a paid performance at a UK festival and a professional video recording of a poem.


The judges also awarded Corey Weekes from Birmingham, Courtney Wagstaff from Neath and Ailish Woollett from West Yorkshire, a commendation for their work.


Over 25s Slam Champion 2013 is John Belcher from Shropshire, who won a £1,500 self-publishing package.
Over 25s 2nd prize-winner is Catherine Scott from East Yorkshire, who won £150.
Over 25s 3rd prize-winner is James Colbourne from Birmingham, who won £50.


The judges also awarded Doris Townsend from Cornwall and Alan Bignall from Kent, a commendation for their work.


Poetry Rivals has had another great year for fresh, original and inspiring poetry from all walks of life. If you’d like to find out how you can get involved, please visit www.poetryrivals.com.