Congratulations to the Winners of the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature Robert Burns Poetry competitions
The winners of the 2020 competitions were announced on Monday 25th January - Robert Burns' birthday, and we are proud to celebrate with our winners by publishing their poems here. Click on the respective links to enjoy this year's outstanding winning poems.
With thanks to our judges Jill O'Brien and Donna Young (Youth Competition - Rap Like Robbie) and Kay McKenzie-Cooke and John Newton (Adult Competitions). Also thanks to our generous sponsors who fund the prize money for the first place winners: Dunedin-Edinburgh Sister City Society, the Otago Scottish Heritage Council, and the Dunedin Public Libraries Association (Friends of the Library).
With gratitude for their support, we also thank our partners Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, Dunedin Burns Club, Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, and the Otago Daily Times.
Rap Like Robbie Competition
for high-school aged young people
1st place: Oshadha Perera "Lighting Matchsticks"
2nd place: Laura Canton "Reign of Glory"
3rd place: Aliya Drake "The Beach"
Highly-commended: Oshadha Perera "1000 Piece Jigsaw"
Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature Robert Burns Poetry Competition
for published and unpublished adults
3rd place: Clare Lind "1858"
Highly Commended: Stephen Estall "Freedom at the Water's Edge"
1st place: Sophia Wilson "The Captive's Song"
3rd place: Jilly O'Brien "Rhythm & Krill"
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all those who entered the competition. The 2021 competition opens on 1st September.