Amnesty York has been delighted by the response to its competition, which invited short contributions on the theme of "Locked". We wish to thank everyone who sent us their entries and, through their entry fees, helped to support the work of Amnesty International here in York.
This was a tricky competition to judge as the entries were so varied, in style, tone and use of form. And all in their way had elements that might have won first prize. To misquote Alice, all should have won prizes. I hope for those who are runners up the small prize of a copy of my own latest novel ‘Grandmothers’ will not be too dismal a reward. I am so glad that lockdown has produced this burst of creativity and my congratulations to all the talented entrants. It has been a pleasure to read your entries.
There were some fine short stories and fine poems but finally I gave first prize to The Combination because it played so cleverly on the theme of being locked in and unlocking and was, I felt, also technically the most accomplished. The use of statement and response lent a fine rhythm and cadence to the form, there was an intrinsic wit, and the final lines did what good poems can do, they echoed in structure the theme of the poem, unlocking meaning for the reader.
The top ten entries may be read by following the links below