February 2016 Poetry – Judge’s Report

February 2016 Poetry – Snatching Colours 12 Lines – Judge’s Report

This was a good selection of eleven poems that gave me great pleasure to judge.   They were of a higher standard than usual which was pleasing and I enjoyed reading them.   I found the topic interesting in its diversity.   The “Two Colours” had its difficulties, some entrants going off at a tangent to forget the subject.   I would suggest that writers fully understand the requirements and keep to the needs of the competition.   Some entries incorporated more than two colours nevertheless the subject was well dealt with.

To those entering a poetry competition – make sure words are relevant to the piece.   Try not to fall in the trap of being too erudite to the point of the reader being left perplexed.  Remember the first draft is exactly that so it is essential to rewrite your work, to boil it down to the essence you seek.   Most poets rewrite their work numerous times.

Joan Boyes


My congratulations to the winner with “Linking Pink and Blue”.   Well done!