Christmas Together Competition Winners

Thank you to all the poets who entered our competition. We received many wonderful poems from all over the world and were sorry not to be able to pick more winners.

Please do look out for future Candlestick competitions which we publicise via social media and on these pages of the website.

The five winning poems will be published in our forthcoming title Christmas Together: Twelve Poems for Those We Love which will be available in October 2021.


‘The Carol of the Stable’
Bill Adair

‘Born This Happy Morning’
Christina Buckton

‘Christmas Dinner’
Corinna Keefe

‘Boxing Day at My Grandparents’ House’
Jeanette Burton

‘Playing Love Hangover While Washing Up’
Robert Hamberger

Previous competition winners

Getting Older Poem Competition


Alasdair Paterson

Elvire Roberts

Mark Granier

Commended Poets

Cheryl Pearson
Clint King

Jacquie Shanahan
Marianne Jones

Tina Cole

Shortlisted Poets

Akwe Amosu
Alison Campbell
Anya Trofimova
Ben Wilkinson
Bernie Crawford
Bob Cooper
Christine Macfarlane
Consuelo Marshall
DA Prince

Darrell Hugueley
Deborah Harvey
Fiona Ritchie Walker
Gita Ralleigh
James Heaney
Jeffa Kay
Jill Sharp
Jo Field
Julian Turner

Massey Armistead
Michael Ray
Olga Dermott-Bond
Pamela Butler
Robert Hamberger
Sarah Grout
Stephen Keeler
Vanessa Lampert
Vic Pickup

Snow Poem Competition


‘Snow Day’
Lucy Jeynes

‘for the love of snow’
Joanne Key

‘The Symmetry of Snow’
Meda AA Stamper

Highly commended poets

Kerry Darbishire

Gill McEvoy

Jill Munro

Shortlisted poets

Jeanette Burton
Pat Childerhouse
John Foggin
Rhiannon Hooson
Christopher James

Claire Lynn
Beliz McKenzie
Hilary Robinson
Tom Sastry
Hannah Stone

Polly Walshe
Nicola Warwick
Sarah Ziman

Breakfast Poem Competition


Olga Dermott-Bond

‘Breakfast with Mother’
Catherine Edmunds

‘Before the Lark’
Phil M Houghton

Shortlisted poets

Jeanette Burton
Pat Childerhouse
Christopher James
John Foggin

Rhiannon Hooson
Claire Lynn
Hilary Robinson
Tom Sastry

Hannah Stone
Polly Walshe
Nicola Warwick
Sarah Ziman

Cloud Poem Competition

First Prize

‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled’
Lesley Saunders

Second Prize

Sarah Westcott

Highly Commended

‘Cloud Break’
Michael Brown

‘Musings on Board Spacecraft Oasis 1’
Jeanette Burton

Miriam Calleja

‘Nudging Clouds’
Shirley Anne Cook

‘Clouding Over’
Jonathan Davidson

‘Cloud Souls’
Louise Greig

‘Cloud Content’
Caroline Hammond

‘The Cloud Collector’
Christopher James

Micropoem competition

First Prize

Roz Goddard


Maria Taylor

Matthew Paul

Plus five additional runner-up prizes of a copy of The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Seven) to

Jeanette Burton

Karen Jane Cannon

Polly Atkin

Maree Jaeger

Stephen Daniels

"...a thoughtful stand-in for a card."The Guardian
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