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Martha Robinson Poetry Competition 2005
"Martha Robinson" Poetry Competition 2005: This years poetry competition was unique because it was themed around the idea of Independence and for the first time the winners were decided upon by a public vote. There were 73 entries in total and the judging panel of National Voices Forum volunteers drew up a shortlist of ten poems that were then printed in Perceptions. The service user members of Voices Forum were then invited to vote for the winner by returning a voting slip. The number of votes was very close Recipe for Mental Health by Eileen Ellis-Whitfield and Kind, Free, and Independent by Andrew Low received the same amount of votes so we decided to award them both joint Third places. The First prize of £100 went to Pilgrimage by Austin Pullen. All the short listed poets received a certificate of commendation and we would like to thank everyone for taking part.