2017 Hay Writers’ Poetry Competition Winners

Poetry Competition 2017

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Pens and pencils at attention – quick to crack a deft dimension.

We had a record number of entries from Hay Writers members for this year’s poetry competition, which was judged by the well- known prize winning poet and novelist, Chris Meredith.  Chris gave encouraging attention and mention to many of the poems which were very varied in form and content:

‘ I’ve read and reread the poems with interest and growing enjoyment. Every piece has something going for it and the best are well – achieved and impressive.’

Chris highlighted the benefits of trying out demanding forms such as pantoum …as a couple of entries did….as well as shapes on the page.

The winners :

1st   Jean O’Donoghue       Remembrance

2nd   Jan Newton               The Horse Whisperer

3rd   Corinne Harris           1940

Congratulations to our worthy winners and many thanks to Chris Meredith for judging.
For more information about Chris and his many publications –  CLICK HERE


hay festival 2017Don’t forget you can see many of our members performing at Hay Festival –  event number 513 – 9am on Saturday 3rd June in the aptly named Scribbler’s Hut.

Our performance includes a variety of styles and genres. So if you fancy a cocktail of fiction, non-fiction, poetry or prose, serious, humorous or a bit of everything, we’ll have something to delight at the bargain price of just £5.30 per ticket.


Several of our members are published or prize-winning writers in their own right and for the last couple of years our tickets have sold-out!

So don’t delay CLICK HERE  and order yours today.

Hope to see you there.


About thehaywriters

The Hay Writers : a highly active & forward thinking writing group based in Hay-on-Wye, the world famous 'Town of Books'. ✍️ In 2019 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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