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2023 Winners of the Jane Martin Poetry Prize

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Girton College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Jane Martin Poetry Prize, a national poetry competition for young poets, established in 2010 in memory of Girton alumna, Jane Elizabeth Martin. 

  • First prize was awarded to Warren Mortimer for the poems ‘Forgive me, Augustine,’ and ‘When We Moved to Morecambe’ (view poems - PDF).
  • Second Prize was awarded to Olivia Tuck for the poems ‘The Obligatory Future Child Poem’ and ‘Mistress of Arts’ (view poems - PDF).

Warren Mortimer recently completed a Creative Writing PhD at Lancaster University. In 2022, he released his debut pamphlet through Green Bottle Press, Fruit Knife Autopsy. Since then, he has been published by a number of UK magazines, including The Moth, Magma, Orbis, and Stand. In 2016, he won first prize for the Lanercost Short Story Festival. Warren teaches creative writing at both BA and MA level for Lancaster university and University of Cumbria.

Olivia Tuck’s work has been published by the Poetry Society and Broken Sleep, and in several print and online journals. She has been longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize, and is an associate editor at Tears in the Fence and at Lighthouse. In 2022, she completed UEA’s MA Creative Writing – Poetry course with Distinction. Her pamphlet 'Things Only Borderlines Know' is out now with Black Rabbit Press. Follow on Twitter @livtuckwrites.