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GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2022

GEOFF STEVENS

Geoff Stevens was born at West Bromwich 4th June 1942. He worked as an industrial chemist until 1995. In 1976 he launched his own poetry magazine, Purple Patch, a successful and long-running magazine, called 'a national treasure' by The Guardian. The magazine closed with his death in February 2012.

Geoff was also a successful poet in his own right being published in many magazines both in UK and overseas. We were lucky enough to be his friend and publisher, his last Indigo publication, Sleeping With You, being published just one month before he died. He saw it, he loved it, and wrote: "I’m glad that Indigo Dreams is so busy – it means the UK’s best poetry publisher is being successful." Totally over the top, but hey, who cares? A great lover of poetry, a great man to know.

We will keep his name alive through this competition in his honour. Geoff Stevens 04/06/1942 - 02/02/2012

THE WINNERS

LEARNING SPRINGSTEEN ON MY LANGUAGE APP by Sarah Salway
THIS SERVICE INCLUDES ALL REMOVABLE COMPONENTS by Emma Storr

THE SHORTLIST!

LEARNING SPRINGSTEEN ON MY LANGUAGE APP
POETRY TINTED GLASSES by Angelena Demaria
STILL LIFE WITH FEATHERS by Louise G Cole
THE OMNISCIENT TOOTH FAIRY by Victoria Pickup
THE SEA INSIDE by Louise Longson
THIS SERVICE INCLUDES ALL REMOVABLE COMPONENTS
VERY LIKE A WHALE by Marilyn Francis

THE LONGLIST!

GIFT by Regina Weinert
LEARNING SPRINGSTEEN ON MY LANGUAGE APP
NOMAD PARTICLES by Moira Garland
POETRY TINTED GLASSES
RIME MACABRE by Simon MacCulloch
STILL LIFE WITH FEATHERS
THE OMNISCIENT TOOTH FAIRY
THE IVY CROWN by Victoria Gatehouse
THE SEA INSIDE
THIS SERVICE INCLUDES ALL REMOVABLE COMPONENTS
UNDERWATER MILE by Lia Brooks
VERY LIKE A WHALE

2021 winners:
Slowly as Clouds by Jane Campbell
I Left My Hair in San Francisco by Sallie Durham
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Indigo Open Poetry Prize 2022

RESULTS
JUDGE: ANNA SAUNDERS

Thank you to all who supported this competition. Here are the results from our brilliant, hardworking judge Anna Saunders.

FIRST
Dean Gessie – old man, seven bell
SECOND
Perla Kantarjian – Hysteron Proteron
THIRD
Alison Grove - Voyager
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Ama Bolton – Unsafe Passage
Lia Brooks – Shrew In Snow
Matt Broomfield – Daguerreotype, 1838
COMMENDED
Greg Bell – Persephone
Philip Burton – Reach Out
A C Clarke – Taking Notes
Carol Elva Greenwell – Immersion
Jennifer A. McGowan – Midas Tries to Make Amends to His Daughter
Jennie Owen – The Death of the Tattooed Woman
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith – Uffizi Gallery
Kate Young – Fear

The three prize-winning poems will be posted here in shortly. The winning poems will were published in the June edition of Sarasvati.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. It's great to see the poetic word continuing to stand and thrive.

This Competition will re-open again in spring 2023.

Anna Saunders is the author of Communion, Struck, Kissing the She Bear, Burne Jones and the Fox and Ghosting for Beginners. She has had poems published in numerous journals and anthologies. Anna holds a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Gloucestershire and is the CEO and founder of Cheltenham Poetry Festival.