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Graduate longlisted in prestigious Poetry Prize

Ellora Sutton, who graduated in 2018 from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) with a BA (Hons) in Journalism & Creative Writing, has been longlisted in the 2019 Winchester Poetry Prize.

The Prize was established in 2016 with the support of Hampshire Cultural Trust as part of Winchester Poetry Festival, and receives poems from all over the world – in 2017 it had over 1800 entries from 32 different countries. The first prize is £1000, and previous winners include Inua Ellams and Caleb Parkin. The 2019 prize is judged by Helen Mort. 

Ellora, whose first book is forthcoming from indie publisher Nightingale & Sparrow, said, “it’s so exciting to have such a big international poetry competition right on my doorstep! That’s what makes it so special for me – to be part of my local poetry prize. I was longlisted last year so it’s really nice to make it twice in a row!” Her longlisted poem, ‘Moon Collector’, she explained is “short and whimsical. It explores the various little ripples of the moon that, I think, we can see in the everyday. The cyclical nature of it. I’m a bit obsessed with the moon at the moment.”

Winchester Poetry Prize 2019 © Gilbert Yates Photography

Ellora at last years’ prizegiving event, photo credit Gilbert Yates

The winner will be announced at a prize-giving event as part of Winchester Poetry Day on Saturday 12th October. The 27 longlisted poems will be included in a prizewinners’ anthology, available to buy from the Winchester Poetry Prize website.

To find out more about the Winchester Poetry Prize and Festival, visit their website.

To find out more about creative writing and journalism courses at UCA, visit the subject page.