Wild Atlantic Words 2016

We congratulate the winning and shortlisted poets, and are pleased to announce the results of the Wild
Atlantic Words Competition 2016. We thank our judge, Bernard O'Donaghue, and are very grateful to all
competition entrants, successful or not, for giving the judge such a difficult task this year.

Copies of the anthology are available via our publications page.


First Prize
'Rock Pool' by Lesley Harrison



Second Prize
'Mackeral 'by Mark Rowan



Third Prize
'a harbor without its reflection' by Eleanor Ellis



Highly Commended
'Littoral' by Lesley Harrison



Commended ( in no particular order )

'A fossil for Eve' by Felicity Powell
'An immigrant. Dover' by Kitty Donnelly
'Bask' by Susan Richardson
'Back to the sea at Cobh' by Karen O'Connor
'Saltwater wife' by Jean Atkin
'Shoreline glances' by Gavin Bradley
'Philoctete’s wound' by John D. Kelly
'The bonnie, the ocean' by Gillian Barker
'Cargo' by Mark Fiddes
'West pier' by Kitty Donnelly
'Thoughts after the ark' by Maxine Backus

LongListed ( in no particular order )

‘Queen of the World' by Saoirse Molly Joy
'Rock Pool' by Lesley Harrison
'Peaches on beaches' by Alice Kinsella
'Philoctete’s wound' by John D. Kelly
'Bask' by Susan Richardson
'The god and the rib' by Felicity Powell
'An immigrant. Dover' by Kitty Donnelly
'A fossil for Eve' by Felicity Powell
'Saturday morning' by Mary Madec
'A harbor without its reflection' by Eleanor Ellis
'West pier' by Kitty Donnelly
'Littoral' by Lesley Harrison
'Laundry Music'by Helen Kidd
'Saltwater wife' by Jean Atkin
'A house on the Caribbean' by
'The bonnie, the ocean' by Gillian Barker
'The island' by Emma McKervey
'Shoreline glances' by Gavin Bradley
'Wild swimmer' by Anna Selby
'Mackeral 'by Mark Rowan
'STC in Minehead' by Giles Goodland
'But the arc is more of a covenant' by Maxine Backus
'White wedding' by Roisin Kelly
'Back to the sea at Cobh' by Karen O'Connor
'Eilean Ban' by Helen Kidd
'Whins' by Maxine Backus
'Cargo' by Mark Fiddes
'Squat Lobster' by Michael Fitzgerald
'Thoughts after the ark' by Maxine Backus
'Fall line lament' by Mara Adamitz Scrupe