Roger Elkin

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Roger Elkin is an English poet,[1] born in Biddulph, Staffordshire,U K, who has won over 200 prizes and places - 52 firsts - in national and international poetry competitions.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • The Lake Aske Memorial Award (1982 & 1987)
  • The Douglas Gibson Memorial Award (1986)
  • The Sylvia Plath Award for Poems about Women (1986)
  • The Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy (2003)

The following poems have been awarded 1st Prize in (inter) national poetry competitions:

1. She Paints, Lake Aske Memorial Award 1982

2. In His Eighty-Eighth Year, Staple Open 1986

3. May Visitations , Douglas Gibson Memorial Award 1986

4. The Ribble At Stainforth, Open University 1986

5. Cordelia in Exile, Sylvia Plath Award, World Order of Narrative Poems 1987

6. Oriental Poppies, Yeats Club Open 1987

7. The Fellowship of Hedges, Envoi Poetry Competition 88 1987

8. French Fireworks, Wansbeck Writers’ Open 1987

9. Moorland Stirks , Lake Aske Memorial Award 1987

10. Blood Brothers , Tees Valley Writer Open 1989

11. Run, run, as fast as you can, Tees Valley Writer Open 1989

12. Flower Talk , Tees Valley Writer Open 1990

13. Eating Game , Swanage Open 1990

14. Inheritance of Coal , Tees Valley Writer Open 1990

15. Stonewalling, Tees Valley Writer Open 1990

16. Ward 4B (Admissions), The Writers’ Rostrum Open 1991

17. Red Admirals, The Trewithen Poetry Prize 1998

18. Dying, she became islanded, boho Open 2004

19. Stick, Ginger, Corduroy…, Scottish International Open 2004

20. At Moments of Kill… , Norwich Writers’ Circle Open 2005

21. Boy Diving , Fakenham Open Poetry 2007

22. Feral Pigeons, Salopian Open 2007

23. Hunter-Gatherer Dan, Quantum Leap 19th Open 2007

24. Ligularia dentata, Segora Open 2007

25. Gran’s Hens , Fosseway Writers’ Open 2008

26. There’s this memory, Leicester Poetry Society Open 2008

27. Blue Hyacinths, Diversity House (Excel for Charity) 2009

28. Strange Harmony , Northampton Writers’ Group 2009

29. His Eightieth , Haddon Library, Cambridge 2009

30. Song Of Woman With Child, Hastings International Open 2009

31. Rambling Peak District , Cannon Poets Open 2009

32. Finding Stones, Segora Open 2009

33. Lucky Break , Fosseway Writers’ 2010

34. Vultures , Theatre Royal Hyde Open 2010

35. Shooting Rhino, Southport Writers’ Circle Open 2011

36. White Phlox, Theatre Royal Hyde Open 2011

37. White Phlox, Tenby Arts Open 2011

38. Fallow Deer, going home, Partners Poetry/Aspire Magazine Open 2011

39. Opening the box, Quantum Leap 28th Open 2012

40. Task Work, Sentinel Literary Quarterly June 2012

41. Zulu Dancing , Earlyworks Open 2012

42. Ferriby Foreshore,, Segora Open 2012

43. James Bateman’s dahlia, Bradford on Avon Open 2012

44. Understanding Dung Beetles, Build Africa Open 2012

45. Fishy Triptych, May Poetry Open Competition 2013

46. Gran’s Living-Room Triptych, Southport Writers’ Circle Open 2015

47. Descendants , Segora Open 2015

48. Me, My Mother & Great Crested Newt, Poetrypulse Open 2015

49. Of cuts of butchery, Sherborne Literary Society Open 2015

50. Pear Blossom, November Open Competition 2015

51. Small Fry, NAWG Open 2015


Roger Elkin won the Diversity House (Excel for Charity Poetry Competition 2009. In 1987 he was shortlisted for the Bloodaxe New Blood book-length publication list. He became the first recipient of the Howard Sergeant Memorial Award for Services to Poetry in 1987; and was The Writer's Rostrum "Poet of the Year, 1991". He was one of 10 shortlisted poets (out of 4,000 entries) for the 2003 Strokestown International Poetry Competition; and one of 6 shortlisted for the Keele University Poetry Prize (2007).

Literary career[edit]

His prize-winning poetry has appeared in journals, literary magazines and periodicals, both nationally and internationally.

He has reviewed for Stand, Outposts and Envoi and his critical articles on Ted Hughes's poetry have appeared in collections of essays edited by Keith Sagar (1995) and Joanny Moulin (1999); and also on the "Earth-Moon, Ted Hughes" and the "Ted Hughes Society" websites. He is an acknowledged critical authority on Ted Hughes's limited edition publication, Recklings (1966).

He was Poetry Tutor at Wedgwood Memorial College, Barlaston.

He was literary advisor to the Leek, Staffordshire Arts Festival, for whom he organised an International Poetry Competition (1982–1992); the co-editor (with J.C.R. Green) of Prospice, the international literary quarterly, from issues 17-25 inclusive; and the sole editor of poetry magazine Envoi 1991-2006, (issues 101-145).

Published Collections[edit]

Further Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(article title unclear)". Outposts poetry quarterly, Issues 156-159. p. 94. Retrieved 20 June 2011.