Winners of the Rap Like Robbie Poetry Competition 2018Photo published with kind permission of Ged Davis. Pictured: Ollie Young, Emma Davis, Carolyn McCurdie (competition judge), Millie O'Neill, Caitlin O'Brien, Sophia Niblock by Kay Mercer

Winners of the 2018 Robert Burns Poetry Competitions

A list of the winners of the 2018 UNESCO Dunedin City of Literature poetry competition.

Click the titles to read the full poems.

With sincere thanks to our judges, Carolyn McCurdie (Young Poets Section), Elena Poletti and Rhian Gallagher. Our thanks also to the competition sponsors.

Young Poets Category: Rap Like Robbie

Sponsored by the Dunedin Edinburgh Sister City Society

1st Place: Sophia Niblock, I'm Wondering

Joint 2nd Place:  Ollie Young, Address to a Plastic Bag

3rd Place: Emma Davis, The Kings of the Earth

Highly-commended: Caitlin O'Brien, An Ode to the Cheese Roll

Highly-commended: Millie O'Neill, Archibald

Unpublished Adult Poets Category

Sponsored by the Dunedin Public Libraries Association (Friends of the Library)

1st Place: Jean O'Neill, Midnight Shift

2nd Place: Eleanor Girvan, Lament O the Datin Scene

3rd Place: Mark Sanford, To An Old Dug Dreaming

Published Adult Poets Category

Sponsored by Royden and Lee Somerville and the Otago Scottish Heritage Council

1st Place: Marjory Woodfield, A Robbie Burns Supper in Saudi Arabia

2nd Place: Peter Matheson, Fause Truth

3rd Place: Linzy Forbes, A Lament