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Our Cloud Poetry Competition Winners

Fog along the Shenipsit Trail in Glastonbury, Connecticut, US, by Dennis Paul Himes (Member 5003).
Fog along the Shenipsit Trail in Glastonbury, Connecticut, US, by Dennis Paul Himes (Member 5003).

Our Cloud Poetry Competition Winners

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the first ever Candlestick Press/Cloud Appreciation Society poetry competition is Lesley Saunders with her poem ‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled.’ Second prize is awarded to Sarah Westcott for her poem ‘Flight.’ Both will feature in Candlestick’s forthcoming pamphlet Ten Poems about Clouds to be published in the summer.

Eight poets were highly commended and their poems will appear on the Candlestick and CAS websites.

Judge Katharine Towers is assistant editor at Candlestick Press and Poet-in-Residence at CAS. She says:

“While judging the competition I read over 600 poems that flew in from all over the world. I was struck by the thrilling variety in the responses. The two winning poems are strikingly different, but each does what Emily Dickinson says a poem should do and ‘tells it slant.’ All ten successful poems make that all-important imaginative leap into the beguiling or the unexpected – and not one of them settles for simply describing a cloud!”

First Prize

‘Hazy, Massed, Dappled’ by Lesley Saunders

Second Prize

‘Flight’ by Sarah Westcott

Highly Commended

‘Nudging Clouds’ by Shirley Anne Cook

‘Clouding Over’ by Jonathan Davidson

‘Cloud Souls’ by Louise Greig

‘8.04pm’ by Miriam Calleja

‘Cloud Break’ by Michael Brown

‘The Cloud Collector’ by Christopher James

‘Cloud Content’ by Caroline Hammond

‘Musings on board spacecraft Oasis 1’ by Jeanette Burton

  • James Gowrie avatar

    James Gowrie

    May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    where can i read the poems of the 8 runners up, I am sure there are at least 580 competitors who have the same interest. AND being runners up deserve more than a line with title and their names

  • Michael Francis avatar

    Michael Francis

    May 11, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I am with James. I liked Sarah’s poem so much more than the winner’s and would love the opportunity to read the runners up to see how much I might like them.

  • Katharine Towers avatar


    May 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Hello James and Michael and other CAS members!

    You can read all the highly commended poems here:

    I think you’ll enjoy the variety and scope of the top ten.

    Happy reading and all good wishes, Katharine Towers

  • Julie Naslund avatar


    May 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for posting that link and for making all the poems available. Lovely poems, all. Well crafted and articulated. Though a little disappointed that they are more about people than they are about clouds.

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