York Literature Festival / YorkMix poetry competition 2016: Shortlist revealed

Yvonne Reddick reading her poem at the 2015 winners' evening. Photograph: John Illingworth
29 Feb 2016 @ 8.53 pm
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Yvonne Reddick reading her poem at the 2015 winners' evening. Photograph: John Illingworth
Yvonne Reddick reading her poem at the 2015 winners’ evening. Photograph: John Illingworth

The shortlist of the York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition has been decided.

A total of 984 poems, submitted by 427 different poets from throughout the British Isles, has now been whittled down by our judge, Carole Bromley, to just 56 poems.

Winners, Highly Commended and Commended poets will be informed of their success by Wednesday (March 2).

The results will be revealed at a prize-giving event at The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, on March 19.

Here are the titles of the poems selected for the 2016 shortlist. The letter Y in brackets after some titles denotes that the entry is also eligible for the York Prize.

2016 Shortlist

A Brief Interlude In The Sahara
A Marriage
A New Use For Dust
A Slight Correction
Because I Say So
Bird Watching In Australia
Christmas Shopping, Saturday Dec 12th (Y)
Come With Me
Coming On Strong
Day Shift
Dock Of The Bay
Frank: Morris Dancer, Rear Gunner
Gather (Y)
I Gave Up Hope For Lent
I Never Thought Of My Father Dancing (Y)
Job Description Gallery Assistant Museum Of Islamic Art
Late Home After Latin
Lovely and Drunk
Lutyens On Jekyll
Making Marmalade (Y)
Moorhen (Y)
My Brother’s Rucksack
Normal Sally
North Sea, Redcar: Mechanical Failure
Porridge (first line: I like mine hot )
Sea is for Circe
Second Childhood
Self Certificate Laryngitis
Severe Weather Warning (Y)
Sexton Beetle
Snow White Baby
Something (Y)
Sorrow Coat (Y)
Stilt Walking The Tyne
The Making Of Gritstone
The Raven Speaks
The Slack-Jawed Girls
Turn Of The Year
Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy RN
Welcome To Scarborough YHA
Workshop With Under Fives
Your Orange Raincoat