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Ver Poets Open Competition 2020 Results

First Prize: Woodland by Vanessa Lampert

Second Prize: Pangolin by Julian Bishop

Third Prize: What the dawn taught me by Ingrid Leonard

Highly Commended:

  • After the Crash by Catherine Edmunds
  • Dig deeper by Vanessa Lampert
  • A Wedding by Kathryn Bevis


  • Hortus Conclusus by Michael Woods
  • Endgame by Julie Lumsden
  • Lament by Sylvia Banham


  • Love Song …by Chrissie Bury
  • Making a Wren…. by Michael Greavy
  • It is Night by Dilys Wood
  • Microclimate#2 by Ceri Morgan
  • An Aberdyfi grave by John Gallas
  • The Clearing by Kathryn Bevis
  • Shopping List by Simon Cockle
  • Icarus … by Miriam Obrey
  • Walking with Ava Grace by Miriam Obrey
  • easter island by Lucy Crispin
  • My Twin Sister by Marjory Woodfield
  • The Past in your Pocket by Polly Walshe
  • The Search by John Lancaster
  • Nana’s brooches by Cheryl Pearson
  • The Promised Land by Michael Henry
  • Warning by Keith Chandler
  • The Pink House… by David Jones
  • Kathputli Puppets by Sam Burns
  • Querent by Gaynor Clements
  • Sitting beside by Rebecca Hubbard
  • Where You Hit Women by Robin Lindsay Wilson
  • How it Ends by Catherine Edmunds
  • The House by Miles Salter
  • Some Say by Christina Thatcher
  • Tulips by Claire Louise Hunt
  • Near Skyreholme by Stephen Holland
  • The Apple Orchard by Helen Overell

Our competition anthology, The Ver Prize 2020, includes all of the above poems and Jacqueline Saphra’s report. All those included will receive a copy. Further copies can be ordered by sending a cheque for £4 (plus £1 p&p), made payable to Ver Poets, to 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH.