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Winner of the Arvon International Poetry Competition announced

Last month, Jean O’Brien was named winner of the Arvon International Poetry Competition 2010. O’Brien, who hails from Ireland, was awarded a cheque of £7,500 for her poem ‘Merman’. Carol Ann Duffy, chair of the judges, made the announcement at an awards ceremony on 4th November at the Free Word Centre in London.This year’s competition attracted thousands of entries from more than 43 countries – including the Philippines, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and the United States of America.Six poems were shortlisted for the awards, including a special prize given in association with the Wenlock Poetry Festival, which was awarded to the poem which, in the judges’ opinion, best addressed the theme ‘The Pity of War…’

The winning poems, along with the cream of the runners-up, are published in a special competition anthology, available now. The anthology costs a total of £8 including UK delivery, and £9.90 for overseas delivery.  Order your copy here.