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Gregory O’Donoghue Competition Results

The winner of the 2023 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Katie Griffiths, will read her winning poem Before I stillbirthed the birch along with a selection of her other work on 18th May 2024 at the Cork International Poetry Festival

Below, we have highlighted the first, second and third prize winners as well as (in alphabetical order) finalists whose poems will appear in the next issue of Southword and highly commended entries. The judge Mary O’Donnell selected these poems from over 1500 entries.

First Prize

Before I stillbirthed the birch by Katie Griffiths

surrey, England

Katie Griffiths grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in a family originally from Ulster. Her debut collection, The Attitudes, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2021 and the prize-winning pamphlet, My Shrink is Pregnant, by Live Canon in 2019. She came second in 2018’s National Poetry Competition and was in the first of the Primers series, also from Nine Arches Press. A member of the London-based Red Door Poets, she has read her poetry at festivals in England, Ireland and Spain.

Second Prize

At the Feet of Michelangelo’s David by Suzanne Cleary


Suzanne Cleary’s most recent poetry books are Crude Angel (2018) and Beauty Mark (2013), both published by BkMk Press. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, the John Ciardi Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and writing residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell. Her poems appear in anthologies including Best American Poetry and The Forward Book of Poetry 2022,and in journals including Poetry London, The Atlantic, and Southern Review. In 2017, she won the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2nd Place) and the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize of the Munster Literature Centre (3rd Place). She is Core Faculty for the Converse University MFA in Creative Writing Program and also teaches for the Kent & Sussex Poetry Festival, based in Tunbridge Wells, England.  She lives just north of New York City. Her website is

Third Prize

Sunrise on the Dahme by Zoë Green

Montrose, Scotland

Zoë Green is a Scottish poet who lives in Berlin. Her debut pamphlet, Shadow Child, comes out with Hedgehog Press this year; her first collection, Map, Compass, Key will be published by Valley Press in 2025. Her work has featured in The London Magazine, The Alchemy Spoon, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Poetry Salzburg Review, One Hand Clapping, and The Interpreter’s House. She mostly writes whilst on the move: on planes, trains, trams and buses, or just walking through the woods. X: @thetrampoet


The Killing Centipedes by Dmitry Blizniuk

Kharkov, Ukraine

An uncertain future by Jack Cooper

London, England

Postscript by Mel Elberger


The Orange by Viviana Fiorentino

Wicklow, Ireland

Joanna Grant by The Minotaur’s Sister


The Loaded Gun in Translation by Rosa Lane


The Horses  by Eithne Lannon

Dublin, Ireland

Dancing Classes in the Nursing Home by Maeve McKenna

Sligo, Ireland

Warsaw-Kraków-Białystok by Gloria Sanders

London, England

In the Jaffa flea market by David Allen Sullivan


Highly Commended

Feral by Philip Rösel Baker

Suffolk, UK

Arch Cape by Hannah Bulger

Dingle, Ireland

Glossolalia by Anne Casey

NSW, Australia

My Heart is a Boat-shaped Kintsugi by Louise G Cole

Roscommon, Ireland

Pyre by A.M. Cousins

Wexford, Ireland

Blood Pear – Heritage Variety by Elaine Desmond

Skibbereen, Ireland

Liffey Swim by Rory Duffy

Westmeath, Ireland

The Stag by Michelle Bonczek Evory


In Parlour by Frank Farrelly

Waterford, Ireland

Night of the Big Wind and Three Snuff Bottles of the Ming Dynasty, Chester Beatty Library by Cian Ferriter

Dublin, Ireland

Graveyard by Viviana Fiorentino

Wicklow, Ireland

The Butcher’s Floor by Yvonne Green

London, England

thirteen ways of looking at the faggot and jonah and the whale by Richard Haney-Jardine


St. Patrick’s Day in the Holylands, Belfast by Brian Kirk

Dublin, Ireland

Athair/Father Land by Jean O’Brien

Dublin, Ireland

Something Kissed My Skin Black by Bola Opaleke

Winnipeg, Canada

Liberation, etc. by Charlotte Salkind

London, England

Cutting the Ox Tails by Buxton Wells