Crysse Morrison Prize for Poetry 2024

Following the success of last year’s inaugural competition, this year will see the return of the Crysse Morrison Prize for Poetry. Best known for her wealth of writing and her love of Frome Festival, Crysse was an inspirational writer who always championed poetry throughout the Festival.


  • 1st Prize – £200
  • 2nd Prize – £100
  • 3rd Prize – £75
  • Local Prize (5 miles of Frome) – £75

The Crysse Morrison Prize for Poetry will be presented by prize-winning poet Emma Purshouse during the Festival on Saturday 13th July / 3.30pm at Bistro Lotte. Enjoy an afternoon of prize-winning poems and delicious baked goods in Frome’s famous French bistro.

Entries for the Crysse Morrison Prize for Poetry
are now closed

    Thank you for the fantastic response to the competition! We will be in touch with all entrants shortly. 

    Emma PurShouse – JUDGE

    Born in Wolverhampton, Emma Purshouse was, and is a freelance writer, novelist and performance poet.

    She is a poetry slam champion and performs regularly at spoken word nights far and wide. Her appearances include, The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival, Shambala, Womad, Latitude and Solfest. She has supported the likes of John Hegley, Hollie McNish and Carol Ann Duffy.

    Emma has undertaken poetry residencies for Wolverhampton Libraries, The New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and The International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton (2020 – 2022).


    Judge – Rosie Jackson

    First Prize

    Egg – Kathryn Bevis

    Second Prize

    Song of Ham’s Wife – Jeff Phelps

    Third Prize

    Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, 1 September 2001 – Tessa Strickland

    Local Prize

    The Pale Blue Box – Alice Caudle

    Highly Commended

    My Mother Discharges Me from Worry – Owen Gallagher
    Bookends – Sara-Jane Arbury


    Lahore, 2022 – Abby Crawford
    Lichfield Angel – Tessa Strickland
    St Tudwal in the Field – Christopher James
    Holy days – Dillon Jaxx