This year we have three writing competitions: our ever-popular poetry competition, a first chapter competition which we launched last year and was a fantastic success. And, new for 2017, a short radio drama competition and a Welsh poetry competition. To find out more, just click here: 2017 Poetry Competition 2017 First Chapter Competition 2017 Short Radio Drama Competition Cystadleuaeth barddoniaeth PENfro 2017
2016 winners There was a fantastic response from all over the UK and abroad to the 2016 PENfro Poetry and First Chapter competitions – and as you will see from the judges’ comments the entries presented them with a difficult and challenging task to choose the winners.
The winners of the Poetry Competition are:
1st – (£300) Kathy Miles, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, with ‘Unexpected Guests’
2nd – (£125) Rachel Plummer, Edinburgh, with ‘The Woman who Married Indiana Jones’
3rd – (£75) Elsa Fischer, Bern, Switzerland, with ‘ex ossibus’
Commended poems are:
Just passing – John Baylis Post, Co Cork, Ireland
Unspoken – Kittie Belltree, St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire
Bed Bath – Roger Elkin, Biddulph Moor
Love letters between a window and a door – Kelsey Granger, Surrey
A Photograph of my Mother – Richard Lewis, Cardiff
Once the Spaceship in Close Encounters has Lifted – Angela Readman, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Summer ’76 – Wendy White, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
First Chapter Winners:
David Llewelyn had a tough time choosing between the 13 writers on his original shortlist and he decided to award joint first place to two entrants.
The Winners are:
Catriona Shine, from Oslo, Norway, and Catherine Conlon, from Co Kildare, Ireland.
David will work with both of them over an extended period of time to work towards getting their manuscripts ready to submit for publication. He also selected five shortlisted writers as runners up, and, if they wish, he will work with them later to help them develop their manuscripts further.
The five runners up are:
Julian Mountfield, Thailand
Harriet Connides, London
Mark Vincent, Cheshire
Linda Fennelly, Carlow, Ireland
Anne Wilson, Guildford
See the winning poems, judges’ comments and the full list of those commended or shortlisted in both competitions here: