Winners of 2019 Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition Announced

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20 June, 2019

Congratulations to the two winners of this year's Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition: Katherine Knight (first place) from University College, Oxford and Bonnie Samuyiwa (second place) from Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.


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.

After much deliberation over this year's strong entries, the judges have awarded the first prize of £60 to Katherine Knight from University College Oxford for her sonnet, Croquet, Fellows' Garden. The second prize of £30 has been awarded to Bonnie Samuyiwa from Lady Cavendish College Cambridge, for her sonnet, Michal's Complaint.

You can read their winning sonnets here.