York Literature Festival / YorkMix poetry competition 2017: Shortlist revealed

Caroline Price reads her winning poem at the 2016 awards ceremony. Photograph: Martin Stanforth-Sharpe
10 Mar 2017 @ 10.03 am
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Caroline Price reads her winning poem at the 2016 awards ceremony. Photograph: Martin Stanforth-Sharpe

Here it is: the much-awaited shortlist of the York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017.

The competition’s sole judge, Antony Dunn, has selected 60 poems from a record-breaking entry of 1,110 submissions.

A total of 471 poets from throughout the British Isles took part in this year’s event, competing for a top prize of £500.

Winners, Highly Commended and Commended poets will be informed of their success on Thursday (March 16).

The results will be revealed at a prize-giving event at The Friargate Theatre, York, on Sunday, March 26, where winners will be invited to read their entries.

Antony will also give a short reading of his work, including poems from his brilliant 2016 collection Take This One To Bed.

Here are the titles of the poems selected for the 2017 shortlist. The letter Y in brackets after some titles denotes that the entry is also eligible for the York Prize.

2016 Shortlist

American Roundabout
Animal Sightings
Beverley Station
Birdsong (Y)
Blood And Soil
Broken Umbrella
By The Big Creek
Carol (And Her Wing Girl)
Chemistry Lesson
Chicken Astronaut
City Of Culture
Death Of A Herring Gull (Y)
Explanation (Y)
Extraordinary Robots
Film Noir
Freeze-Frame Passion (Y)
Google Moves Into Genetic Forecasting
Grandpa Terry
Herring Gull (Y)
Home County
I Am Not Honest
I Saw A UFO (Y)
Ice And Recession (Y)
Last Word
Leanne Brigg
Leonov’s Walk
Look At The Child
Memory Of Feathers
My Mother (Y)
Night, Launderette, North Street
Portrait Of The Artist
Sarah’s Character
So Like
Still Married After All These Years
The Social And Economic Consequences
The Walking Wed
The Woman Who Married A Lego Man
The Woman Who Was Weather
Things He Needs
Today My Heart Is
Tortoise Missus
Visions Of Angels At Mornington Crescent
What I Remember About Your Forgetting
You Comin’ Owt T’ Play (Y)