The subject for the 2018-19 prize was: 'I am the true vine' (John 15.1). The winner for the English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize in 2019 was Flora de Falbe for her entry 'Christo Velato'. The runner-up award was given to Professor Peter Davidson, for his entry 'The True Vine'. The judges would like to thank all those who entered.
The English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize runs every third year. The next Prize will be open in 2022, and the subject for the poem should be either ‘In heaven it is always Autumn’ (John Donne) or ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.’ (Proverbs vi.6).
The poem must consist of not less than sixty or more than 300 lines. It may be blank verse or in any form of verse rhymed in couplets or stanzas. There is a tradition which discourages dramatic form of composition for this prize.
Candidates for the prize (value of at least £1,250) shall be members of the University who, not later than the closing date for entries for the competition, shall have qualified by examination for a degree of the University; or shall hold the Degree of Master of Arts by incorporation or by decree or by resolution; or shall hold the status of Master of Arts; or shall have qualified by examination for a degree of any other university. The judges may, at their discretion, also make an award to the proxime accessit. Should no such award be made the value of the main award will be increased. The prize may not be awarded more than twice to the same person.
Entries should be submitted by email with the subject "English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize" to the English Faculty Office, not later than Monday of 8th Week, Trinity Term 2022. Authors should conceal their names and identify their entry documents with a motto. Please complete the contact details form and submit this alongside your entry.
In addition, candidates must also submit details of the degree awarded (title, university and date, of which the Faculty will require proof, before award of the prize).