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2024 Winners of the Jane Martin Poetry Prize

Jane Martin Poetry Prize Winners 2024 graphic with photographs of the winners.

Girton College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 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 Luke Dunne for the poem ‘Saltwater’ (view poem - PDF). 
  • Second Prize was awarded to Neva Ensminger for the poems ‘Please Remind My Mother It's Not My Fault' and 'my sister and i in genesis'’ (view poems - PDF).

Luke Dunne is a writer from London. His poetry has been published by a number of magazines, including SHIFT and Ibbetson Street (forthcoming). A film based on his screenplay, Sweeping, debuts Summer 2024.

Neva Ensminger-Holland is a second year student at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. They are a two-time YoungArts award winner and an American Voices nominee in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Their work appears or is forthcoming in The Interlochen Review, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, The Albion Review, Blue Marble Review, One Art, voidspace, the YoungArts anthology. In their free time, they enjoy wearing ripped tights in the winter, watching Gilmore Girls with their boyfriend, and hot-gluing the straps back on their platform Mary-Janes.

Come along to the Jane Martin Poetry Prize Evening on Thursday 2 May 2024 at 5:45pm. View the programme of events online.