Poetry Rivals 2016

Taking poetry from the page to the stage!

2013 Winners

Over 18s Prizes
1st Prize - Self Publishing Package
2nd Prize - £150
3rd prize - £50

16 - 25s Prize
1st Prize - Poetry Performance Package

Under 16s Prize
1st Prize - Laptop

Under 16s Winner

We are delighted to announce the winner of Poetry Rivals Under 16s is Molly Barnes with her poem 'Don't Panic'. Molly gave a fantastic performance of her poem which blew away the Poetry Rivals judges winning her a top of the range laptop!

Under 16s Runners-Up

Congratulations to our two runners-up Lydia Byron from Milton Keynes with 'The Career Advisor' and Luca Dixon from London with 'My Brother Thinks He's A Vampire!' who each have won a Kindle Fire for their poetry performances at this year's slam final.

School Winner

Congratulations to the school winner St Gregory's Catholic Science School, Middlesex.

St Gregory's have won a spoken word workshop with popular double act Dead Poets.

16-25s Slam Champion

We are delighted to announce the winner of Poetry Rivals 16-25s is Carmina Masoliver with her poem 'Paradise'. Carmina gave an outstanding performance of her poem and walked away with a performance poetry package!

Read Carmina's Poem 'Paradise'

"I was blown away by the talent at Poetry Rivals 2013 and though I was keen to win, it was really surreal when my name was read out. At the older end of the age spectrum, I had competed about four years prior to this and so this time I was pretty determined to win. After a lot of practise and nerves, which fuelled my performance, I was extremely happy to win, and the prizes have so far been amazing. I urge the other young writers I saw that day to keep writing and performing, and come back again - I could definitely see some winners in there with a beautiful use of language, and a real passion and emotional conviction."

Special Commendations went to Corey Weekes, Birmingham, Courtney Wagstaff, Neath and Ailish Woollett, West Yorkshire.

Over 25s Slam Champion

We are delighted to announce the winner of Poetry Rivals 2013 Over 25s is John Belcher with his poem 'On Acton Field'. John gave an outstanding performance of his poem and walked away with a self-publishing package with BookPrinting UK!

Read John's Poem 'On Acton Field'

Over 25s 2nd and 3rd Place Winners

Congratulations to our 2nd place winner Catherine Scott from East Yorkshire who won £150 and our 3rd place winner James Colbourne from Birmingham who won £50.

Catherine Scott – The Office Bitch
James Colbourne - A Bad Back Sky



Special commendations went to Alan Bignell, Kent and Doris Townsend, Cornwall.