The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize

judged by Greta Stoddart




1st Prize: Heidi Williamson -  With a rootless lily held in front of him

2nd Prize: Claudine Toutoungi - Numbers

3rd Prize: Sara Backer - Fire Escapes

Read the winning poems, judges' comments, and commended poems list here

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Greta Stoddart’s first collection At Home in the Dark (Anvil) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2002. Her second book, Salvation Jane (Anvil), was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2008. She was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2012. Her third book, Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. Her latest work, a radio poem called ‘Who’s there?’ broadcast on BBC Radio 4 was shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award.

She lives in Devon and teaches for the Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation.