The Sylvia Plath Prize – A New Themed Poetry Competition | After Sylvia
After Sylvia
Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s birth

Prize Results

The Sylvia Plath Prize

Winning, commended and shortlisted poems

Congratulations to all our winning, commended and shortlisted poets. The competition attracted approximately 1800 poems from around the world. Our top 17 poems include entries from France, Greece, Ireland, and the US, as well as from all corners of the UK.

Winning and commended poems will be published in After Sylvia (Nine Arches Press) due in October 2022 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s birth.

The top three prize-winning poems are published below.


1st Prize    When it feels hot, that rage against me

 by Rebecca Goss

2nd Prize    A Sudden Mother (Staying on the postnatal ward during Covid-19)

 by Mari Ellis Dunning

3rd Prize    Pineapple (Objects in a portrait I)

 by Angela Cleland


Raspberry Picking at High Force   Colin Bancroft

Departures                                         Sharon Black

Grandpa Hallelujah                           Annie Hayter

Artefacts                                            Niamh Prior

The Edge of the Pier                         Laura Stanley

Welcome to Donetsk                        Anastasia Taylor-Lind


When I Say I’m a Firewalker

I Mean our Bedroom’s Burning  Vasiliki Albedo

Gold                                                    Laurie Bolger

Rink                                                     Linda France

The Ivy Crown                                   Victoria Gatehouse

Girls                                                     Katie Hale

St. Eulalia’s Descent                         Christina Lloyd

Giorgio de Chirico Paints

    The Disquieting Muses                Ben Morgan

double / exposure                             Ella Standage


1st Prize: Rebecca Goss

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2nd Prize: Mari Ellis Dunning

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3rd Prize: Angela Cleland

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