Newdigate Prize

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Sir Roger Newdigate's Prize, more commonly the Newdigate Prize, is awarded to students of the University of Oxford for the Best Composition in English verse by an undergraduate who has been admitted to Oxford within the previous four years. It was founded in 1806 as a memorial to Sir Roger Newdigate (1719-1806).[1] The winning poem is announced at Encaenia. Instructions are published as follows: "The length of the poem is not to exceed 300 lines. The metre is not restricted to heroic couplets, but dramatic form of composition is not allowed."

The first winner was John Wilson ("Christopher North"). Notable winners have included Robert Stephen Hawker, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, Laurence Binyon, Oscar Wilde, John Buchan, John Addington Symonds, James Fenton, P. M. Hubbard, and Alan Hollinghurst.

The parallel award given at the University of Cambridge is the Chancellor's Gold Medal.

Past titles and winners[edit]

Where known, the title of the winning poem is given, followed by the name of the author, each year links to its corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

Notable 19th-century winners[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

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  1. ^ "Sir Roger Newdigate's Prize". Oxford Poetry. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. Sir Roger Newdigate's Prize for English Verse was founded in 1806 as a memorial to Sir Roger, fifth baronet (1719-1806) and Oxford university politician. 
  2. ^ Boyd Litzinger, Donald Smalley (1995). Richard Browning: The Critical Heritage. Routledge. p. 93. ISBN 0-415-13451-X. 
  3. ^ "Merton Student Wins Newdigate Prize". Merton College, Oxford. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Wynn Owen Wins the Newdigate Prize". Magdalen College, Oxford. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Prizes and Studentships". University of Oxford Faculty of English. Retrieved 27 October 2016. In 2016 the Sir Roger Newdigate Prize was awarded to Mary Anne Clark for her entry 'Sinai'. 


  • Richter, Editor, Annie J. (1946). Literary Prizes and Their Winners. R. R. Bowker Co.