All three finalists and seven runners up of the Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015 were female poets, it was revealed by the competition’s cofounder, Joanna Lumley, to the select audience attending the Prize’s award ceremony at the Leighton House Museum in London on Tuesday evening, 15 December 2015.
The Prize is the world’s major eco-poetry award. The awards are made each year for original and previously unpublished poems in English which embrace ecological themes. With total prize money of £8,000, the award ranks amongst the highest of any English language single poem competition.
The Prize’s stature is reflected in the senior nature of this year’s judging panel of Sir Andrew Motion, Jo Shapcott and Alice Oswald.
Chairman of the judges, the former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, praised the winning poem, Auguries, by Luisa Igloria, a well published and already award winning Filipina American poet, for its ‘authenticity, intensity and cohesion’. The winner collected an award of £5,000.
‘Overall, as a judging panel we we’re impressed with the excellent standard of the poems submitted’ said Sir Andrew. ‘Poetry has always played a critical role in reflecting the preoccupations of each age, and few would argue that our planet’s ecological integrity is one of the major issues of our time’, he said.
Second prize of £2,000 was awarded to Claire Collison for The Architect, and third prize of £1,000 to Meredi Ortega for her poem Moving into Hannah’s House.
Below: a slideshow of the Awards Evening (you can scroll through by hovering over the image and clicking the right or left arrows).
The Winning Poems
(In alphabetical order)
Note to recipients of the Winners’ Anthology: Our apologies to Ruth Wiggins for the change in her poem shape in the printed version, this was due to a software error. The version above is her intended shape.