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#micropoem15 competition

Poetry in 140 characters?

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Our micropoetry competition on the theme of 'Film' ran between 21 June - 10 July 2015

For the third year running, the Centre for New Writing and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester ran a micropoetry competition.

The competition, which was this year themed around 'Film', took place between 21 June and 10 July 2015 on Twitter and participants were asked to simply tweet their micropoem with the hashtag #micropoem15.

Approximately 60 micropoems were received and judged by the Centre for New Writing's John McAuliffe and Tim Price.

1st prize

Jonny Rodgers@JonnyDRodgers

Paris 1895 - all too real for some.
Now, we stick to our seats in air-conned dark
and yet trains barrel through us all the same.
#micropoem15

2nd prize

Fourfoot@fourfoot

I watched my life in film
B/w childhood
3d adolescence
digital decay
admiring the scenery
hoping for a sequel

3rd prize

Chrissie Cuthbertson@BeadyAye

Dark now
we stow away to Bodega Bay
where a puppeteer
shoots himself in the mouth and
the birds still strut
like film stars

Published online

Prizes for the best three poems included a mini iPad, tickets for one of the Centre for New Writing's autumn "Literature Live" events and book vouchers.

The winning micropoems will be published on The Manchester Review.

You can read all of the competition's micropoems by filtering #micropoem15 on Twitter.

About the judges

Our judging panel was made up of poet and Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing, John McAuliffe, and screenwriter and playwright, Tim Price.