Judges Moyra Donaldson and Noami Foyle said the following of this year's Poetry entries;
As judges of the Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry we also were inspired by the response to the competition call out: we read nearly 400 submissions, a significant increase on last year. Most of these were of a very high standard, many directly responded to the pandemic, and all testified to our collective need of poetry to help us navigate these catastrophic times. Everyone has learned a lot about ‘the R number’ in recent months; we can report that when it comes to judging poetry competitions, E (enjoyment) and D (difficulty) are closely co-related. But having both read all submissions, we are pleased to announce that our final decisions were mutual. We also like to feel that Mairtín would have approved of our choices.
A massive congratulations to everyone and a big thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition.
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