The 2013/14 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition

"One of the career milestones for very many poets of note has been winning the prestigious Poetry Business competition." — Anne-Marie Fyfe


The Poetry Business is delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Book & Pamphlet Competition, as chosen by Carol Ann Duffy:


Holly Hopkins lives and works in London. Her poems have appeared in Poetry ReviewThe RialtoThe NorthMagma and Verse Kraken.Her work has also featured in anthologies including Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry In the UK (Bloodaxe Books) and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets For Oxfam (Cinnamon Press). Holly is reading an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. Her personal website is at


Ben Wilkinson was born in Stafford in 1985, and now lives in Sheffield. He is the author of a pamphlet of poems, The Sparks (tall-lighthouse, 2008) and his writing has been shortlisted for awards including the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize and the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry Review, The Guardian, The Spectator and, more recently, Liverpool FC magazine. Among other things he works as a critic, reviewing new poetry for The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement.


James Caruth was born in Belfast and lived there until 1982 before moving to Cape Town, South Africa. He now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. His first collection, A Stones Throw, was published by Staple Press in 2007 and a long poem sequence, Dark Peak, was published in pamphlet form by Longbarrow Press in 2008. Marking the Lambs was published by Smith|Doorstop in 2012.



Rebecca Farmer is studying for an MPhil/PhD in creative writing at Goldsmiths, with a focus on Radio Poetry Drama. Her work has appeared in The London Magazine, The North, The Rialto, Poetry Review, The Warwick Review, and other journals.






And, in the Yorkshire Poetry Prize category (sponsored by the University of Sheffield and awarded to the best single poem in a manuscript submitted by a Yorkshire-based entrant), the winner was:

Stuart Pickford — 'Moon'

2nd prize goes to Julie Mellor for 'Great Aunt Lucy'; and 3rd to Rosie Blagg for 'Piano'.  


Details of the winners' forthcoming collections will be available soon. 

Congratulations to the winners and shortlisted entrants — and thank you very much to everyone else who let us see their work.

The 2014 Book & Pamphlet Competition will be launched in June.




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