Poetry Competitions

All India Poetry Competitions

The Poetry Society started organizing Poetry Competitions in 1988 in collaboration with the British Council, India. Ten All-India Poetry Competitions until 2005. Thereafter the Poetry Society organized the competitions on its own. Thousands of poets have participated in these competitions. The Poetry Society also organized poetry competitions for students. Short listed poems were published under the series POETRY INDIA. The following are the names of the award-winners:

First All India Poetry Competition-English, 1988
First prize:
Vijay Nambisan (New Delhi), for his poem
Three consolatation prizes:
1. Vivek Khadpekar (Ahmedabad), for his poem
2. Vinayan Bhaskaran (Trivandrum), for his poem
3. S. Ganapathi (New Delhi), for his poem
Second All India Poetry Competition-English, 1990
First prize:
Rukmini Bhaya Nair (New Delhi) for her poem
Kali Mother and Me
Special Prizes:
1. Lokesh Deep, (Village Rehnwa, Haryana) for his poem
My Sister, Mother, and Me
2. Vivek Khadpekar (Ahmedabad) for his poem
All in a Summer's Madness
3. C. Raju (Bombay) for his poem My Life
4. S. Shiva Kumar (New Delhi) for his poem David
Third All India Poetry Competition-English, 1991
First prize:
Rajlukshmee Debee Bhattacharya (Pune) for the poem
Special Prizes:
5. Hemalatha Shetty (Madras) for the poem
The Archaka
6. Krishna Tateneni (Ohio, USA) for the poem
7. Sudeep Sen (New Delhi) for the poem
New York Times
Special prize for a Young Poet:
Shampa Sinha (Australia) for the poem
The Differences
Fourth All India Poetry Competition-English, 1992
First prize:
Shampa Sinha (studying in Australia) for her poem
Second prize:
Tarun Cherian (Thiruvananthapuram) For his poem
A Writer's Prayer
Commendation prizes
1. K. Ramesh (Bangalore) for his poem
Guns and Walking-Sticks
2. Oby Nagar (Jaipur) for her poem
3. Ranjit Hoskote (Mumbai) for his poem
4. Anju Makhija (Mumbai) for her poem
Can You Answer, Professor?
Fifth All India Poetry Competition-English, 1994
First prize:
Anju Makhija (Mumbai) for her poem
A Farmer's Ghost
Second prize:
Smita Agarwal (Allahabad) for her poem
Our Foster-Nurse of Nature is Repose
Commendation prizes:
1. Rina Singh (Canada) for her poem
The Poetics of Desire
2. Usha Rajagopalan (Anand) for her poem
Voices in the Night
3. Neeti Singh (Baroda) for her poem
Come, Lift Me
4. Ranjit Hoskote (Mumbai) for his poem
Legend Recycled
5. Rufus Daniel (Bangalore) for his poem
The Time of Brahma.
Sixth All India Poetry Competition-English, 1995
First Prize:
Tabish Khair(Copenhagen, Denmark) for his poem
Birds of North Europe
Commendation Prizes:
1.Gopi Krishnan Kottoor (Chennai) for his poem
The Coffin Maker
2.Smita Agarwal(Allahabad) for her poem
A Grass Widow's Prayer
3.C.P. Surendran(Mumbai) for his poem
4.Lalitha Biswas(Mumbai) for her poem
Anything But the Truth
5.Anthoney Nag(Sambalpur, Orissa) for his poem

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