Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry 2022

 Full details 

The 2022 competition does not have a theme – poems can be on any subject that kindles your imagination, to a maximum line length of 40 lines for each poem.

The competition is open to international entries, entry is free and limited to one poem per individual. Poems must be written in the English language.  

The Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry is sponsored by the Dennis Myner Trust which supports Morrab Library in its charitable work, continuing the legacy of former member Dennis Myner who was devoted to our library. The name of this new poetry prize honours Dennis’ sister, Patricia Eschen.

You can read more about Dennis Myner and Patricia Eschen over on our blog.


How to enter 

Poems can be submitted via email to or posted to ‘Poetry Competition, Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, TR18 4DA’ or dropped off in-person to the Morrab Library.

If you are emailing your entry, your poem must be submitted in a Word document (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) file.

The competition closes for entries on Friday 30th September 2022  (23.59 GMT)  

The rules

We suggest that you read the competition rules (below) carefully before entering the competition to check that your poem is eligible.

Competition Rules

The Judges

The Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry will be judged by two multi award-winning poets: Katrina Naomi and Penelope Shuttle. Both judges live in Cornwall.

Katrina Naomi is the winner of the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize. Katrina’s most recent collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, 2020), received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors. Same But Different, a poetic collaboration with Helen Mort, (Hazel Press, 2021) was shortlisted for the 2022 Saboteur Awards. The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016) was a #FoylesFiveForPoetry and received an Arts Council award.

Her poetry has appeared on Poems on the Underground, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, and in The TLS, The Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation. She has a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths), and teaches for Arvon and the Poetry School.

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. Her thirteenth collection, Lyonesse, appeared from Bloodaxe Books in June 2021, and was Observer Poetry Book of the Month for July. Covid/Corvid, a pamphlet written in collaboration with Alyson Hallett, was published by Broken Sleep Books, September 2021. Father Lear, a pamphlet, was published by Poetry Salzburg, June 2020. Retrieved Data, a micro-pamphlet, appeared from Broken Sleep Books in May 2021.  

Shuttle has received a Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award.  Redgrove’s Wife, (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award, and for The Forward Prize.



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