Cape Catley Poetry Prize 2013

(Aug/Oct 2013)

Cape Cole Catley Writing Awards 2014Students who took part in the 2013 Young Writers Programme were able to submit poems for the Cape Catley Poetry Prize. The prize was judged by Jenny Cole from Cape Catley Press in Auckland. 

The winner of the prize is Bayley Johansson for the poem Colonization.  Bayley is a Year 13 student at Wesley College near Pukekohe. 

Four other young writers were highly commended:

  • Courtney Bassett, Year 12 at Rangitoto College for Queer
  • Sophie van Waardenberg, Year 12 at St Cuthbert’s College for patient
  • Maria Ji, a first-year Auckland University student, for Organ Systems
  • Sophie Gardiner, from St Cuthbert’s for Suffice to say she has pretty good upper arm strength

The winning poems are published here (see below).

The winning and highly commended entries will be published in Signals 2013. Certificates and the winner’s book prize will be presented at the Signals launch event on 7 December 2013 at the National Library on Stanley Street, Auckland.

The winning poem was praised for its control of language, form and allusion. Its strong voice and passionate argument made it feel genuine; its direct address was attention-grabbing and confronting.

The highly-commended poems showed control and inventiveness. Their word choice was arresting and inventive. These four entries were well edited, and, generally, each word was made to earn its place in the poems.

Student works from this workshop

Bayley Johansson by Colonization

Queer by Courtney Bassett

Organ Systems by Maria Ji

Suffice to say she has pretty good upper arm strength by Sophie Gardiner

patient by Sophie van Waardenberg