Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition
The Annual Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition
Eugene Lee-Hamilton was a poet and novelist who studied at Oriel (1864-66) who revived the use of Petrarchan Sonnets in his own work, and encouraged it in others. The poetry competition prize was founded by the late Mrs Eliza Ann Lee-Hamilton by bequest in 1943, in memory of Eugene James Lee-Hamilton who died in 1907, in order to encourage the composition of the Petrarchan sonnet in Oxford and Cambridge.
About the Competition
The Provost and Fellows of Oriel College offer an annual prize of £60 for the best Petrarchan Sonnet in English submitted by a current undergraduate of Oxford or Cambridge. The sonnet can be on a topic of the author’s choosing, and enjambment between the eighth and ninth lines is permitted. Entries for the 2017 competition are now closed, and next year's competition will be announced in the spring of 2018.
2017 Winning Poem
The winner of the Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition 2017 was Conor Wilcox-Mahon, St John's College, Oxford with his sonnet 'Merlin's Tower'.
2016 Winning Poem
The winner of the Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition 2016 was Jacob Mercer, The Queen's College, Oxford with his sonnet 'The Colossus'.
2015 Winning Poem
The winner of the Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition 2015 was Dominic Hand, Oriel College, Oxford with his sonnet 'On First Looking at Newman's Window'.
2014 Winning Poems
There were two winning poems in 2014; Catherine Olver, of Corpus Cristi College, Cambridge with 'The Labourers to Proserpina', and Tara Lee, of Queens' College, Cambridge with 'What the time tells'.