2023 Shortlists and Winners

11 and Under Poem

First place"The World Poem" by Freya Jeffries
Commended"Animals" by Ella Bond
Commended"Little Miss Perfect" by Janine Michann Galon Cipres
Shortlist"Fear" by Bella Thomson
"Forest" by Hazel Bruce
"My Special Place on Earth" by Charlie Neilson-Pritchard
"Pig" by Charlotte Robinson

11 and Under Short Story

First place"Castle of Wonders" by Rebecca Turner
Commended"The Ground Floor" by Ayla Mottram
Shortlist"Space Lamb" by Ellie Smith
"The Alchemist" by Adam Egan
"The Coming of the Spuds" by Lowen Delbridge
"The Pizza Lion" by Leo Wynn

12-18 Poem

First place"A 'Nice' Painting " by Petra Rihan
Commended"Be Water, My Friend" by Kelly Yu
Commended"In The Unlikely Event" by Kelly Yu
Shortlist"Changing Tides" by Ben Shaw-Young
"Graduation" by Kelly Yu
"Me The Mist" by Isobel Saba Grace
"This is me" by Jacob Hoyes

12-18 Short Story

First place"Caved In" by Matilda Taylor
Commended"Phoebe's cat" by Petra Rihan
Commended"Second Hand Magic" by Grace Poole
Commended"The Hunt" by Amelie Hood
Shortlist"A Rescue Cat’s Journey" by Arabella Turner
"Consequences" by Alexander Shaw-Young
"Structures" by Arabella Turner

Adult Poem

First place"The Unsayable Absence: Selina" by Anstice Fisher
Commended"Sweet Memory Sounds" by Ben Banyard
Shortlist"#90 Dream" by Richard Baum
"A Hunger To Be Heard" by Jan Martin
"Ark" by Jan Martin
"Driving" by Nyika Suttie
"My Lexicon Lover" by Mandy Woods
"Poet's Retreat" by Macaque
"Taxidermist" by Macaque

Adult Short Story

First place"Queen Bee" by Sharon S Miles
Commended"Kick the Dog" by Jan Martin
Commended"Things Nobody Knows" by Lynda Mason
Shortlist"The Test" by Sharon S Miles
"When" by Lorraine Cooke