Pascale Petit has been awarded the Poetry Prize of £10,000 as part of the 2013 Manchester Writing Competition. The competition was set up by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy at the Manchester Writing School, part of Manchester Metropolitan University. Alongside Pascale, Adam Wilmington received the Fiction Prize.
James Draper, manager of the Manchester Writing School, said: “Both judging panels were impressed by the overall quality of the submissions and worked really hard over the summer, reading through them all, to pull together two short-lists that showcase a thrillingly diverse range of voices and subjects."
Chair of the poetry judges Adam O’Riordan, Lecturer in Poetry Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “Choosing the winner was a happily unanimous decision. Our winner was chosen because of the un-reproducible bite of the images, their brilliant understanding of human psycho-drama, the sustained accomplishment of their metaphorical imagination.”
Pascale Petit won for a portfolio of five poems from her forthcoming collection Fauverie, and said: “Thank you very much to the judges. I feel really encouraged.”
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