Kubla Khan / Imaginary Worlds Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce the winners in the Kubla Khan Imagined Worlds Poetry Competition.
The awards were made on Friday 21st October, Coleridge's 244th birthday, at CICCIC, Taunton.
Further details and the poems themselves will be entered on the website shortly.
Congratulations to our winners and many thanks for the many fine poems we received in the competition.

Adult section.
First Prize: Kate Innes, Flocks of Words
Runner-up: Jane Kite, Lecture
Runner-up: John Barron, On the Day of her Retirement the Lift at the Angel Tube Station Speaks

Junior section.
Equal First prize: Allison Chen (17), Whispers not of Gray
Equal First Prize: Julia Pope (17), Strolling in the Neighbourhood
Runner-up: India-Amethyst Thakrar (13), Utopian Dreams

In this the bicentenary of the first publication of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan', the Friends of Coleridge invite poets to enter poems for a prestigious celebration of this visionary poem under the theme, 'œImagined Worlds'.

Winning poems will be published in The Coleridge Bulletin, the internationally distributed publication dedicated to furthering the understanding of Coleridge and his powerful influences on poetry and thought. The Awards Night will be held at CICCIC Taunton on Coleridge's Birthday, 21st October 2016.

Adult (18+), entries £5.00 for first poem. £3.00 for up to two subsequent poems.

Young Person's (10-17), entries free of charge for up to three poems.


Adult First Prize £500. Two Runners up: £200 each

Young Person's First Prize £75. Two Runners up £25 each


Gregory Leadbetter. Gregory is a well-known poet and lecturer, and Vice-Chair of the Friends of Coleridge. Read more about Gregory and his work at http://gregoryleadbetter.blogspot.co.uk/

Liz Cashdan. Liz is a poet who has written a sequence based on Coleridge and his circle. Her most recent collection is Things of Substance: New and Selected Poetry (Five Leaves 2013). Find out more about Liz at http://www.lizcashdan.co.uk/

Ian Enters. Ian is a poet with three publications to his name; translator of Anglo-Saxon poetry and performer at the British Museum; novelist with two novels published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson; and dramatist of musicals and opera. He was until recently Chair of the charity Reading Matters.

Competition Rules

1. Competition opens for entries on 1st June 2016 and poems must be received on or before 5th September 2016 at 5pm.
2. All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions.
3. You can enter up to three poems. The length of each must not exceed 40 lines.
4. All entries must be entered on-line using the entry form below.
5. Your name must not appear on any of your poems. You must choose a pseudonym which you include at the head of each of your poem entries.
6. All poems must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form.
7. Copyright remains with the author but the Friends of Coleridge reserve the right to have entries performed at the Awards Night, on radio, TV or stage, published in the Coleridge Bulletin, on the internet, or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future.
8. Results will be published on the Friends of Coleridge website after the Awards Night. No other notification of results will be sent.
9. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The Friends of Coleridge reserve the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
11. Entries not complying with the competition rules will be disqualified.
12. The Friends of Coleridge cannot pay travel costs to the Awards Night in Taunton on 21st October 2016.

The Friends of Coleridge are grateful to the Arts Council; Somerset Artworks, Somerset Film, Sedgemoor District Council, University of Birmingham School of English and many other supporters for their help in enabling the year's celebrations to take place. We look forward to receiving inspirational poetry.

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