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The National Jane Martin Poetry Prize 2018 Winners are announced!

Girton College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Jane Martin Poetry Prize, a national poetry competition established in 2010 in memory of Girton alumna Jane Elizabeth Martin.

The winning poems can be found here:

First prize: Nina Powles 
Second prize: Dominic Leonard

Nina Powles was born in New Zealand, partly grew up in China and now lives in London. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the Biggs Family Prize for Poetry in 2016. Her poetry chapbook Girls of the Drift was published in 2014. Her debut poetry collection, Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017) is a work of auto/biographical poetry exploring the lives of five women from New Zealand history. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in Best New Zealand Poems, Poetry, Hotel, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is half Malaysian-Chinese and is Poetry Editor at The Shanghai Literary Review. You can hear Nina read some of her poems here.

Dominic Leonard studied English in Oxford and is about to begin an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. His poems and non-fiction have appeared in Poetry London, Oxford Poetry, The Scores, Disclaimer, Zarf, and elsewhere.

Nina and Dominic will be visiting the College on Thursday 3 May, along with one of the Judges Jeremy Noel-Tod, to attend the presentation evening and read some of their poems, which will be held in the Stanley Library from 6-7pm. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.