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#micropoem13 competition

As featured in The Independent's article, Twihaiku? Micropoetry? The Rise of Twitter Poetry (Tuesday 16 July 2013)

'The best words in their best order = poetry', said Coleridge; Could the same be said of tweets?

The micropoem13 competition was organised by the Centre for New Writing and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester. It took place between Monday 17 and Monday 24 June on Twitter and participants were asked to Simply tweet their micropoem with the hashtag #micropoem13.

94 micropoems were received and judged by the Centre for New Writing’s John McAuliffe, Janet Rogerson and Simon Haworth.

1st Prize

Andrew McMillan@AndrewPoetry

train, backwards through town / river / the long, unbroken thought of
it / red kite / chest burning / phoenix rising from the ash trees
#micropoem13

What the judges said: "We thought it made every syllable count and created an amazingly rich visual world in such a small space. Its fluent rhythm and mixture of ordinary and extraordinary details were very impressive"

2nd Prize

Simon Barraclough@EssBarraclough

ZED
Knee-bent bookend,
door stop, blood clot,
blind spot, dead drop,
halting the alphabet
in its tracks.
#micropoem13

What the judges said: "'Zed' was witty and precise and spans intriguing variations from its title"

3rd Prize

David Milligan-Croft@sodelafo

The stone
Meets its reflection
As it skims across the lake.
#micropoem13

What the judges said: "It used a single strong image very effectively"

Published online

Prizes for the best three poems included tickets to the Heaney & Muldoon reading at the Centre for New Writing's upcoming British & Irish Poetry Conference, as well as signed books and vouchers. The winning micropoems were published on the Manchester Review.

Special mentions

Judges also found it hard to leave out the good images of

The narratives of

The lovely sonic patterns of 

Read the competition's micropoems by filtering #micropoem13 on Twitter.

About the judges

John McAuliffe's third book is 'Of All Places'; Janet Rogerson's first book is 'A Bad Influence Girl'; Simon Haworth is currently doing a PhD in poetry.

Further information

Visit the English, American Studies and Creative Writing blog site:

Read the Independent's article on the rise of Twitter poetry: