HERE THEY ARE!!! The Winter/Spring Chapbook Contest 2017/18 Results


The Winter / Spring Chapbook contest 2017/18. With guest judge Kevin Higgins.





WINNER  Anne Walsh Donnelly – €150.00

SECOND PLACE  Akshaya Pawaskar – €100.00

THIRD PLACE  Bobbie Sparrow  (debutante) – €50.00



Sue Johnson

Antoinette Rock

Michele Ring

Jodi Napiorkowski

Grainne Tobin

Eithne Lannon

Derek Coyle

Ceinwen Haydon

Chris Hardy

Polly Richardson

Work of all runners up will be published in Issue 30


Issue 30, to be published on 28th May,  will be our  special prize-winners’ issue.


We will publish the judge’s comments from our guest judge, Kevin Higgins. 

A poem will be chosen by Shirley and Dave from the prize winners’ entries, (with all 8 poems from each winner then going on to appear in The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – coming soon!)

Issue 30 will then go on to feature all 8 poems from each of the Highly Commended poets, so it will be a truly bumper issue!



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Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions!

I very much look forward to reading issue 30.

Thank you so much to the blue nib and to judge poet Kevin Higgins and congratulations to all winners and honourable mentions.

Well done Akshaya

I’m in the fine city of Exeter on an exquisite early Summer day after a highly successful concert with LiTTLe MACHiNe, then I read this news about the Chapbook competition. Many thanks for helping the week begin on a high and congratulations to the winners and others commended too.

Your welcome, Chris. Enjoy Exeter, it is indeed a wonderful city and well done on the HM in the contest.