The results of the Psychiatry Research Trust (Excel for Charity) Poetry Competition 2009 organised by Eastern Light EPM International have been announced. This competition has been held in aid of the Psychiatry Research Trust - a UK charity committed to finding solutions for the eradication of mental illness.
The First Prize winner of the competition is Molly Case with "NIGHT SHIFT ON THE DEMENTIA FLOOR." Second Prize went to Roger Elkin with THE TROUBLE WITH BEING A W, and Third prize was won by Neil Bates with LEARNING TO FLY.
There are four Highly Commended entries, namely: 65 YEARS AGO by Corrinna Toop, DOLPHINING by Angela Thomas, CARTING STONE by Roger Elkin and HER FIRST LESSON IN SIGN LANGUAGE by Don Dixon.
Congratulations to all the prize winners and the highly commended poets. Special respect to Roger Elkin who has given hundreds of poets unforgettable guidance as a teacher and as a former editor of Envoi. It is fantastic to see him continue to notch up wins across many competitions in the UK. Elkin you might recall also won the First Prize in the first Excel for Charity poetry competition in which was held in aid of Diversity House this year.
If you are interested in reading the report by Gerald England, the judge of the just concluded competition go to: http://www.easternlightepm.com/excelforcharity/psychresearchtrust_poetry2009_report.html