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A bucket and spade on a beach

Thank you to all the poets who entered our competition. We received a huge range of interpretations of the holiday theme which made judging extra enjoyable and, as always, it was difficult to choose the winners.

In the end we settled on nine poems – all of which will be published in our forthcoming title for summer 2024 Fourteen Poems about Holidays.

Many congratulations to the nine wonderful winners and everyone on the shortlist.

  • Winners
  • Beth McDonough – ‘Right now,’
  • Carole Bromley – ‘Postcard from Athens’
  • Claire Lynn – ‘That Moment’
  • Jeanette Burton – ‘My dad orders four drinks on the Greek island of Zakynthos, 1987’
  • LB Jørgensen – ‘Tea House Trekking’
  • Pete Taylor – ‘a walk with daughters at Merthyr Mawr’
  • Polly Walshe – ‘Holiday Rental’
  • Sarah Ziman – ‘The Guest Book’
  • Stephen Payne – ‘Salobreña’
  • Shortlist
  • Ali Rowland
  • Angela Topping
  • Beliz McKenzie
  • Carole Bromley
  • DA Prince
  • Giles Watson
  • Isabella Mead
  • Jane Simmons
  • Janet Dean
  • Jayne Stanton
  • Jeanette Burton
  • Kath McKay
  • LB Jørgensen
  • Nairn Kennedy
  • Penny Sharman
  • Regina Weinert
  • Ruth Sharman
  • Vanessa Napolitano

Please do look out for future Candlestick competitions which we publicise via Facebook, Instagram or X and on this page.


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