RL Poetry Award Finalists- 2014

/RL Poetry Award Finalists- 2014

Maroula Blades

Maroula Blades is an Afro-British poet/writer living in Berlin. The winner of the Erbacce Prize 2012, her first poetry collection Blood Orange is now published by Erbacce-press. Works have been published in The Volume, Kaleidoscope, Trespass, Words with Jam, The Latin Heritage Foundation, Caribbean Writer, Thrice, BLACKBERRY, Kalyani, Peepal Tree, and others. Her poetry/music programme […]


Judit Hollos

Judit Katalin Hollos was educated at Budapest University, and she majored in Swedish Literature and Language. Some of her works — mainly short poetry, short stories, articles, and translations — have been featured in literary magazines and anthologies in Hungary and abroad.


a sparrow’s footprints
in spilled cherry juice—
failed stitchwork


MDW says: The stitchwork has failed because of […]


Salil Chaturvedi

Salil Chaturvedi is an award-winning writer, poet, actor, disability campaigner and permaculturist. He lives in Goa, India. His haiku have appeared in several online journals and print anthologies.


sweeping leaves outside the hut
the mother leaves some
for her little daughter


MDW says: The things parents do to engage their children!



Archana Kapoor Nagpal

Archana Kapoor Nagpal is an internationally published author of 7 books, and her winning stories are now part of international anthologies. She writes inspirational content for corporate newsletters, websites, blogs and print publications. Her inspirational poems touch every area of a person’s life. She enjoys writing haiku and tanka as well.


faded portrait—
from one window to […]


Sandra Simpson

Sandra Simpson lives in Tauranga. Two of her haiku appear on the Katikati Haiku Pathway, and her work appears regularly in journals (paper and online) both in New Zealand and overseas. She was the only Southern Hemisphere haiku poet to be included in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in Haiku (Red Moon Press, US, 2007) and […]


Patrick Druart

Patrick Druart  is a French retired school teacher. His haiku and tanka have appeared in a number of French and foreign magazines. Pratrick  had won many awards for his haïku from France, USA, Japan and Romania.


New Year’s day
helping my drunk shadow
to find its key


MDW says: One can imagine the moonlight on the drunk’s door after a night of New Year […]


Marion Clarke

Marion Clarke is a writer and artist from Warrenpoint, Ireland. Her poetry has appeared in print anthologies, online journals and ezines including Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Notes from the Gean, A Hundred Gourds, Prune Juice and Shamrock Journal. In 2012, she received a Sakura Award in the Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku contest and […]


Julie Warther

Julie Warther’s haiku and senryu have appeared in a variety of on-line and print journals. She lives in Dover, Ohio with her husband and three children.


on moss-covered stone
his gentle words


MDW says: The internal comparison between gentle words (about what?) finds resonance with the moss softening the rain on the stones.


tuning its song
to the sound of […]


Andrea Cecon

Andrea Cecon is a technician in hearing aids, traveller and haijin since three years. His works are published on reviews in several countries like The Heron’s Nest (USA), Mainichi Daily News (Japan), Letni Casi (Slovenija) Temps Libres (Belgium), and others. Currently he’s working on his first haiku collection, ‘Mandarini dopo il digiuno’ or ‘Tangerines after fasting’.


first date—
our […]


Tracy Davidson

Tracy Davidson lives in Warwickshire, England, and enjoys writing poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including: Mslexia, Modern Haiku, Atlas Poetica, A Hundred Gourds, The Right-Eyed Deer and Notes from the Gean. Apart from writing, Tracy enjoys reading crime novels, entering competitions, photography and travel.


spring melody
my son playing the […]