The shortlist of entries for the York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2015 has been decided.
After more than four months of competition, and a total entry of 1,736 poems from 461 poets, judge Carole Bromley has settled on her final selection from which the overall winner will be chosen.
The winner will receive a prize of £400, and will be announced at a gala prize-giving event at York St John University on Saturday, March 28.
Prizewinners, highly commended and commended poets will be contacted by the organisers by email this week and invited to read their winning poems at the prize-giving.
Here is the shortlist of poem titles in alphabetical order. The letter Y in brackets after some titles denotes that the entry is also eligible for the York Prize.
After Harris Bigg-Wither (Y)
Araschnia Levana: How Dock Leaves Work
Bull in field, Boggle Hole (Y)
Cordelia in Prison
Corporal Yukio Araki
December 2010. (Starbotton)
Grandmother Wolf (Y)
Home [Like Hockney, I too saw colour] (Y)
In The Dales (Y)
Kings at the Table
Mr Willett’s Summertime
On New Year’s Eve We Gather
Rievaulx Abbey With Elsa
Slow Dancing to Electro Funk
The North [Now the North’s got bistros]
The Orange Girl and the Philosopher
Wave at Aeroplanes
Whip and Top (Y)
Who Safely Graze