Announcing the winners of the 2023 Café Writers Open Poetry Competition

We are delighted to share our congratulations with the following poets:

First prize £1000
Cricket – Anthony Lawrence

Second Prize £300
The Radio – Jane Wilkinson

Third Prize £200
The Towel – Judith Shaw

The Norfolk Prize (for the best poem from a permanent Norfolk Resident) £100
Sometimes I love water more than people – Sue Burge

Commended poems £50
Claire Currie – Hilda said that the seals were in pupping season
Paul Chapman – Ichnology
Jenny Danes – Elsewhere
Gill Connors – The Right Words to Say
Stephen Keeler – Looking at Apples

Honourable mentions
Ruth Rosengarten – Hot Burrito
Livvy Hanks – We have replaced the earth with an en-suite bathroom
John Osborne – Going to the toilet at the Brewery Tap
Christopher North – Alternative Truth
Aoife McClellan – Prime of a medieval visionary
Liz Lefroy – He sees the smaller picture

Thank you all so much for giving our judge, Martin Figura such a difficult task. We will be sharing the winning poems and the judge’s report on the website very soon. We hope you can join us for our online awards readings on 12th March.