Winner of the 2020 Eugene Lee-Hamilton Sonnet Competition Announced

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9 July, 2020

Congratulations to the winner of this year's Eugene Lee-Hamilton Sonnet Competition, Jane Cooper from New College, Oxford.

The Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition invites undergraduate students from Cambridge and Oxford colleges to submit a Petrarchan sonnet on a theme or topic of their choosing. The prize is awarded each year in honour of Eugene Lee-Hamilton, a poet and novelist who studied at Oriel (1864-66) and revived the use of Petrarchan Sonnets in his own work, as well as encouraging it in others. The poetry competition prize was founded by the late Mrs Eliza Ann Lee-Hamilton by bequest in 1943, in memory of Eugene James Lee-Hamilton who died in 1907, in order to encourage the composition of the Petrarchan sonnet in Oxford and Cambridge.

Following a record-breaking number of entries received this year, and after great deliberation, the judges have awarded the pize of £60 to Jane Cooper from New College Oxford for her sonnet, Upon James Sadler’s Ascent from Christ Church Meadow.

You can read the winning sonnet here.