Winners of this Year's Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition Announced

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20 June, 2018

Congratulations to the two winners of this year's Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition: Dominic Leonard, from Christ Church, Oxford and Shimali de Silva from Peterhouse, Cambridge.

The Eugene Lee-Hamilton Poetry Competition challenges undergraduate students from Cambridge and Oxford colleges to submit a Petrarchan sonnet on a theme or topic of their choosing, to be in with a chance of winning the £60 prize.

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.

The quality of entries was so high that the judges have this year awarded a prize of £60 each to two students. Dominic Leonard, from Christ Church Oxford was recognised for his poem The Fisher of Ham Common, and Shimali de Silva from Peterhouse Cambridge was recognised for her sonnet Stella to her Violent Lover.

Congratulations to both winners! You can read their sonnets here.