Wild Poems shortlist is announced


There was nothing tame in the hundreds of entries in Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s Wild Poems competition. Judges Ben Ray and Anna Saunders have worked extremely hard to develop a shortlist of 14 excellent poems, each of their authors vying for the prestige and value of a prize.

Anna & I have had great fun, and some quite fiery debates, drawing up a shortlist [Ben Ray]

We are not, today, revealing the names of the poets who created these poems. The shortlisted poets, when notified of their success, have been asked not to reveal which of these poems they created. This is to maintain the poets’ anonymity during the final judging, which will finish very soon.
In view of the postponement of our Poetry Festival from April to the Autumn, we are not going to wait before announcing winners. So we will announce them in the next few days. Please watch this blog and social media for the final results.

Shortlisted titles in the Wild Poem competition

Towards Earth
Wild Goose Barnacle Chase
Take Me Away Takeaway
Lady Hurricane
The Last Day
When Lightning Struck Our Mare
Roe Deer
Fenland Water Village
The Labours of  Athena


Published by Howard Timms

A poet, playwright, actor and retired editor/publisher, I have a merit MA degree in Creative & Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. As honorary business and publishing director for Cheltenham Poetry Festival, I am proud to also sponsor publishing services and competitions for the festival. My memberships include Everyman Theatre Writers Lab, Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre Company, and Cheltenham Poetry Society, and Friends of the Everyman Theatre and Holst Museum.

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