Jane Martin Poetry Prize

The Jane Martin Poetry Prize is a key part of the College's support for poetry and will be of interest to all those serious about literary excellence.

The national competition for young poets (for those aged 18-30 years) is judged by experts drawn from across the literary world and academia.  The winners receive a cash prize of £700 and have an opportunity to give a reading at a celebratory event at Girton College, at which the prize will be awarded. There is also a second prize of £300 cash.


Girton College is delighted to invite entries for the 2018 Jane Martin Poetry Prize. We are thrilled that this year the panel will be led by Adrian Poole and Jeremy Noel-Tod.


The competition opens on the 22nd January 2018 and closes on March 19th 2018.

Please find the 2018 information pack and entry rules here

Enter the Jane Martin Poety Prize here



The winners of the 2017 Jane Martin Poetry Prize were Katie Hale and Andrew Wynn Owen.

Katie Hale's student life was split between London, Melbourne, and St Andrews, where she completed her MLitt in Creative Writing a few years ago. She now lives in Cumbria, where she runs poetry workshops in schools and hosts Word Mess open mic night. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, The North and Interpreter's House, and her inaugural pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, is forthcoming from Flipped Eye. She was recently shortlisted for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, and came second in the Tannahill International Poetry Competition. She is currently being mentored by Penguin Random House on their WriteNow scheme, and her new musical, The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, will be showing at the Edinburgh Fringer this summer.

You can hear Katie reading some of her poems on her Soundcloud page.

Andrew Wynn Owen is an Examination Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and Oxford University's Newdigate Prize in 2014. A recent narrative poem, The Dragon and The Bomb, is published by The Emma Press.'

The winning poems can be found here:

First prize: Katie Hale

Second prize: Andrew Wynn Owen

Previous winners:

2016 Isabel Galleymore and Nell Wilson

2015 Theophilus Kwek and Charlotte Buckley

2014 Alexandra Strnad and Penny Boxall

2013 Jen Campbell

2012 Jane Yeh

2011 Agnes Lehoczky and Emily Critchley

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