The V. Press Prize for Poetry


V. Press is very very proud to offer the V. Press Prize for Poetry in conjunction with the University of Worcester.

The award is for a graduating student at the University of Worcester whose work demonstrates an outstanding achievement in the writing of poetry. Eligible portfolios are shortlisted by the university, with V. Press editor and director S.A. Leavesley choosing the winner.

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2019 V. Press Prize for Poetry

V. Press is very very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 V. Press Prize for Poetry is 'yngordna' by Kelly Williams, with ‘Writing the Truth’ by Miguel Guerreiro Lourenco as runner-up.

Announcing the 2019 V. Press Prize for Poetry winner, Sarah Leavesley said: “This year’s shortlist from the University of Worcester featured five manuscripts with a delightfully varied selection of themed and focussed writing, across a variety of styles/forms including some stunning vispo.

“Kelly Williams’ ‘yngordna’ (androgny spelled backwards) is a bold and brave exploration of gender, sexuality and love within and against societal expectations. Bristling with vivid imagery, vibrant language and powerful emotions, these poems are not afraid to challenge conventional boundaries in poetry as life. The selection’s focussed theme is reinforced by a natural fluid flow in the poems’ ordering, just as the intensity of the lines is balanced by the poems’ use of line breaks and white space. A fresh and striking selection.

“I was also very struck by Miguel Guerreiro Lourenco’s ‘Writing the Truth’ – a selection of powerful poems that manages the feat of feeling imaginative yet also very real and moving, reinforced again by the choices of form and layout.”

Sarah worked with Kelly Williams on their pamphlet, Ynygordna, published at the end of April 2020 and launched with a university event in The Studio at The Hive, Worcester on the evening of Friday, 1 May, 2020. Runner-up Miguel Guerreiro Lourenco receives a selection of V. Press titles.

2018 V. Press Prize for Poetry

The inaugural 2018 prize was awarded to Margaret Adkins for her portfolio ‘Mingled Space’. Working with V. Press guest editor Ruth Stacey, Margaret's V. Press Prize for Poetry pamphlet is Mingled Space.

Announcing the 2018 V. Press Prize for Poetry winner, Sarah Leavesley said: “In ‘Mingled Space’, Margaret Adkins weaves together striking imagery, evocative speech and a variety of form and techniques to create a wide-ranging and beguiling look at family, society and life. This is a vivid selection of poems that I can see, taste, feel – a worthy winner of the inaugural V. Press Prize for Poetry.”

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