Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021

The following prizewinning poems were chosen by our 2021 judges, Linda Gregerson & John McAuliffe, & announced at Troubadour International Poetry Prize Night Online on Mon 6 Dec 2021 (see judges reports & poems below).


  • First Prize, £2,000, Balthazar, Sam Garvan, Cambridge
  • Second Prize, £1000, Need to Know, Geraldine Mitchell, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
  • Third Prize, £500, The Course to Naming a Brook, Alun Hughes, Stroud, Glos.
    Commended poems:

  • Portraitist, Christina Lloyd, San Francisco
  • A Shanked Cable, Andrew George, London
  • What we take with us and what we leave, Mike Barlow, Lancaster, Lancs.
  • A Table of Green Fields, Christopher Twigg, Talgarth, Powys
  • When I Whatsapp you in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Alexandra Corrin, Gosforth, Tyne and Wear
  • Beluga, Gravesend, Sarah Westcott, Bexley, Kent
  • On thi pledging o Orkney ti Scotland by thi king o thi Danes, Ingrid Leonard, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Klepto, Mark Fiddes, Dubai, UAE
  • Keeper, Cian Ferriter, Dublin
  • Hare’s Ear, Charlotte Cornell, Whitstable, Kent
  • Berwick Street Market, Mon Amour, Kathy Pimlott, London
  • Language Therapy, Elena Croitoru, Welling, Kent
  • Gold, Julie Hanson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Dun, Robert Walton, Bristol
  • Lieutenant Willis writes to his brother, Walter Willis, 6 July 1944, Peter Bakowski, Richmond, Victoria (Australia)
  • I’m Hooked On The Jellyfish Live Cam, Julian Bishop, Barnet, Hertfordshire
  • The Etymology of Loss, Mary-Jane Holmes, Baldersdale, County Durham
  • The Librarian, Kathleen Balma, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Anonymous, Patrick Maddock, Ballykelly, County Wexford
  • Four Treasures, Ruth McIlroy, Sheffield

(Check out winners, winning poems & judges’ reports, 2021 & prior, on our previous-winners’-poems page.)


  • Linda Gregerson studied at Oberlin, Northwestern, Iowa Writers Workshop & Stanford, is Professor of English at University of Michigan, a Renaissance scholar, a classically trained actor & a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets: her poetry collections range from The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) to Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Mariner, 2015)
  • John McAuliffe (b. Listowel) has published five collections with Gallery Press including The Kabul Olympics (2020), is Professor of Poetry at Manchester University, where he directs the Centre for New Writing & Literature Live, founder & co-editor of Manchester Review, assoc. editor at Carcanet Press, & was chief poetry critic at the Irish Times (2013-2020) where he founded & chaired the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

judges read all poems submitted


  • Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously published; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or number of subsequent submissions.
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  • Fees: £5/€6/$7 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal (see below, PayPal account not required).
  • Timeline: Submit by midnight (your local time) on Mon 27 Sep 2021; prize-winners will be contacted in week commencing Mon 22 Nov 2021.
  • Acknowledgement/Results: Submissions acknowledged within 14 days of receipt; results posted on website after our Mon 6 Dec 2021 prize-night event; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence entered into.
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