Segora poetry competition 2017

Presentation evening and writing workshop 14th/15th October.

The 2018 competition is open now. Closing date is June 15 2018
First prize: £300 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £30 or equivalent €

This year for the first time the Segora first prize is shared between two poets. We would like to thank our judge, A.C.Clarke, for the enormous amount of work she has put into making her selections.


Joint First prize: Tiffany Krupa (USA) and John Baylis Post (Eire)
Second and Third prizes: Alison Carter (England)

Judge's comments

The poems came in a wide variety of formats and approaches and ranged over almost as many topics as there were entrants. The variety and freshness of the topics covered was one of the delights of judging and augurs well for the health of poetry in English. It is a mark of the high overall standard of entries that I would be happy to read in magazines or hear read aloud many poems which I eventually discarded. These were discarded not because they were 'bad' poems but because in my view they did not have the reach and assurance of the poems which made it into the final shortlist or they had easily rectifiable flaws.

Every entry I received has been read at least once, most at least two or three times. Every poem on the longlist has been read at least five times. The 37 longlisted poems came to the fore out of an entry of 240+ for their grace or daring or general accomplishment. More than one of these which did not make it onto the shortlist was let down by a weak ending, a careless turn of phrase or a sense of discovering too late (and not with the effect of an epiphany) what the poem was really about. Nevertheless they are overall good poems which the authors can be proud of. The shortlisted poems were excellent in their different ways but this was a competition and so I was required to put poems in rank order: some were more excellent than others, at least in my judgement!

When it came to the poems which were my top six, judgement – as so many poetry judges find – became impossibly difficult. It has become almost a cliché for judges to say that the order of the final poems not only changes several times in the course of the final readings but could change again on another day. It is a cliché because it's true. In making my selection – and in a way ducking the issue by awarding a joint first – I have tried to honour different kinds of poetry as well as obvious excellence in all. It was a privilege to read these poems and indeed to enter for a brief space into the many and varied worlds of all the entrants. To those who were unsuccessful, don't give up. Keep writing – and just as important – keep reading.

Click on the buttons to read and download the winning poems

Tiffany Krupa

John Baylis Post Alison Carter - 2nd Prize Alison Carter -3rd Prize

Rather than submitting poems for publication in magazines, over the past couple of years I have entered a few competitions and am now seeing myself placed. In 2016 I won the Mirehouse Poetry Prize, and this year I have won The Wordsworth Birthday competition, a prize in the South Downs competition and several commendations. I like to read the winning poems in various competitions as this is where I think you find some of the best work.

I am a member of Dove Cottage Poets at Grasmere, have an MA in Creative Writing from MMU and was mentored by the Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, Zaffar Kunial, in 2014.

Tiffany Krupa's poetry has been published in Antiphon Poetry Magazine, Askew Poetry Journal, Arsenic Lobster, The Albion Review and others. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015. She is currently working on a manuscript of new work and a chapbook near and dear to her heart.  


John Baylis Post (previously, at various times, a medieval historian, a wages clerk, a manuscript curator, a Labour Party election agent, and head of a district general hospital) lives on the Beara peninsula in West Cork, Ireland.  He has been writing poetry, on and off (mostly off), for upwards of fifty years.  His poems have been published in Ireland, England, and Italy, and he was judged Canterbury Poet of the Year 2014.  He now helps to run Hungry Hill Writing's competitions and publications.  Selected poems and some other writing, together with fine art photographs, can be found at



Highly Commended

The Dancehall of East West Shunt, Alison Carter
Vows, Sarah Salway (Tunbridge Wells, England)


Eternal Triangle of Spring, Sue Kindon (Seix, France)
After the Second Flood and At The Brief Encounter Café, Carnforth, Alison Carter
Poem with four titles, Anne Stewart (Orpington. England)
The Forest, Sharon Black (St.André de Valborgne, France)
How to catch a cloud, Maggie Butt (London, England)

Fair Trade, Tiffany Krupa