THE POETRY SHED was short-listed in the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize competition 2022 and will be published in the anthology.

THE HEIRLOOM won First prize in the East Riding Poetry Competition 2021.

A MESSAGE IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE is included in Littoral Magazine # February 2022.

AROUND WE GO is published in Allegro #March 2022.

A POEM will be included in the Valentine edition of 6ress, February 2022.

BLOWING OUT CANDLES is published in Angela Poetry Magazine online # May 2022.

THE POETRY SHED was longlisted for the Brian Dempsey Memorial prize 2022. 


THE POETRY SHED was short-listed in the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize competition 2022 and will be published in the anthology.

A CHANGE OF T-SHIRT is published in Work Town Words #30 Change theme.

MY BEAUTIFUL BOUTIQUE is in Work Town Words # 31 Outside theme, June 2022.

THE BEQUEST was longlisted for The University of Huddersfield’s Grist collection,  We’re All In It Together.

TICKET TO RIDE is published in the Indigo Dreams Press 2022 anthology VOICES FOR THE SILENT, in conjunction with The League against Cruel Sports.


MARATHON and PASSING ON were published in the NAWG Newsletter,

February 2021. 

THE CONSTANT COAT, which won third prize in the 2020 Ware Poets Competition, has been entered for the Forward Prize in the best single poem category.

GARLAND, NUT, FIGURES AND GRACE, and MAX PASTY are published in The Open Page Literary Journal #8, Holland House Books TRADITIONS ANTHOLOGY, 2021.

GETHSEMANE received Third prize in The Arts Centre Group Jack Clemo 2020 poetry competition.

GREEN IS MY BÊTE NOIR is published in WORK TOWN WORDS #18 Green theme.

DAN, DAN, THE ACORN MAN appears in WORK TOWN WORDS #20 HIDING theme.  This is my ninth poem accepted by them.

BLITZ SPIRIT is published in the anthology WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER Creative Ink / Rennie Grove (PUB), Jan Moran Neil and Adrian Spalding Eds.

STORM CHASER is in WORK TOWN WORDS #21 Ghost theme.

AROUND WE GO is published in the Geography-themed Allegro Poetry Magazine #27 in March 2021.

THE SLEEPING PROMISE was awarded Third prize in the Fosseway Writers’ poetry competition 2021, and is included in the anthology TRANSFORMATIONS, Preeta Press / Creative Mind / Horwich Writers.

JENNY’S FALL was published by WORK TOWN WORDS # 24, “Graze” theme, 2021.

HALLOWE’EN’S BEEN AND LEFT was published in October 31st 2021 edition of MONO.

THE OLD GREY PENCIL TEST is published in Work Town Words # 25, 2021. 

CARVE A NAME FOR YOURSELF is published in coverstorybooks Line Breaks #1. 

PENINSULAR has been longlisted for the 6ress ‘Invitation to Love’ competition. It is published as part of the Valentine’s edition in February 2022.

THE BEQUEST was longlisted for the Huddersfield University Grist collection, We’re All In It Together: Poems for a DisUnited Kingdom, 2022.”

THE BEACHCOMBER is included in the anthology titled NEW CONTEXTS, Coverstory books (PUB), 2020, Ed. Ian Gouge. 

I GOT MAGIC is published in WORKTOWN WORDS edition 13 Magic.

THE SIGHT OF AUTUMN won Third Prize in the Horwich Writers NATURE poetry competition 2020, and in in the anthology. 

THE HIGH ROAD is to be published by Pennine Ink in 2021. 

TURN OF EVENTS is included in The Brown Envelope Book anthology, 2021, 

Culture Matters (PUB), Alan Morrison. 


edition 15, WILD theme.

SMOKE AND MINNOWS was shortlisted for the Folklore Prize 2021 and is included in the Folklore JournalFolklore Publishing. The competition raised money for pancreatic cancer research.

THE MATCHLESS MOMENT is included in the 2021 book celebrating

The Match Girls, and raising money for a memorial to them in London.


TURN OF EVENTS is in the anthology Sub Cultures and Counter Cultures, Horwich Writers, Preeta Press (PUB) 2019.

JAZZ was published in Love and Music, a poetry anthology from Creative Mind, Horwich Writers and others, Preeta Press (PUB), December 2019.

TADEUSZ was shortlisted for the Hammond House poetry competition, 2019, and is published in their anthology “Leaving”.


NOTICING is included in The Poetry Kit online anthology POEMS OF THE PLAGUE YEAR.


ROWING THE SEVEN SEAS SOLO was exhibited as part of The Isolation Art Project

at The Platform Gallery, Ribble Valley, Lancashire in June 2020.


ODE TO A SOAP BUBBLE was published in Worktown Words #4, June 2020.


ON THE LEAVE OF ALL HALLOWS won Second prize in the Horwich Writers 2019 poetry competition. The judge was Dorothy Nelson,

and their poetry anthology SUB CULTURES AND COUNTER CULTURES, 2019, Preeta Press Ltd., £5-00, published this poem as well as two others: “Turn of Events” and “Two Times Table”.

Philip’s poem “When you have to go there…” was shortlisted for the Dempsey and Windle National Poetry Day 2019 poetry competition and was published in their anthology ALTERNATIVE TRUTHS, Janice Dempsey (Ed.), Dempsey and Windle (PUB) £5-00

  • “False Memory” won Third prize in the Hastings Litfest poetry competition.
  • Philip’s poem Garland, Nut, Figures and Grace won a highly commended award in the Federation of Writers (Scotland) 2019 Vernal Equinox Poetry Competition. The judge was Stephen Watt. The judge commented, “Formidable story-telling, bringing both context and a dark fairy-tale to the origins of the Britannia Coconut Dancers of Lancashire. Enchanting language, layout, rhythm and rhyme contribute towards a fascinating poem which is welcomely left field in its subject matter.
  • The Cloudbuster received a Highly Commended in the 2019 South Downs Poetry Festival Poetry Competition: The Binstead Prize: The judge was James Simpson.
  • Moonlight Found received a Commended award in the 2019 South Downs Poetry Festival Poetry Competition: The Binstead Prize: The judge was James Simpson.
  • Out of Here has been accepted for the 2019 CivicLeicester anthology on the theme of Brexit.


  • The Carpenter won First prize in the National Arts Centre Jack Clemo (interdenominational Christian) poetry competition.
  • End House received a Highly Commended award in the Pendle War Poetry competition and is in the anthology.
  • Blessed Fair Sonnet won the Horwich Writers Hate Crime Awareness poetry competition 2018.     
  • The Longest Wait received Second prize in the Sydenham Arts poetry competition 2018.
  • Against the Stream won Third prize in the 2018 Cruse Line poetry competition, Arundel.
  • Long Postcard from a high place was long-listed, by Mario Petrucci, in the Segora poetry competition, 2018.
  • Another Country won the Sandwich (Kent) Poet of the Year award, 2018.
  • Philip has received Second prize in the Sydenham Arts poetry competition 2018.


  •  Philip was guest poet at Lancaster Litfest, and also at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. He is the judge in the Burnley Writers’ Circle Poetry competition.
  •  In April 2017, Harvest of Youth received a Commendation from Clare Best in the Binsted Arts Poetry Competition 2017 and is included in the anthology.
  • Another Country was shortlisted for the Swanwick poetry competition 2017.
  • The Alwin Machine was short-listed by the Earlyworks Poetry Competition 2017, Hastings, and is in the anthology.
  • Out of Service won Second prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition 2017. The judge was Jan Moran Neil. The poem was performed at GX Philiosophical and Literary Festival in Gerrards Cross in September 2017.
  • Against the Stream was shortlisted for the Segora poetry competition 2017
  • Dividend was awarded a Commendation in the Milestones / WRITE OUT LOUD poetry competition 2017 by the judge, Brian Patten, and the poem is in the anthology.
  • Canal Country was awarded a Distinction in the Mere 2017 poetry competition organised by Pennybank Writers of Mere. The Senior Judge was Dawn Gorman.
  • Raven in the Margin won First prize in the BARN OWL TRUST poetry competition, 2017. The judge was Mary Woodward.
  •  Wand and The Bear who Bore no Grudge are included in the Rhyme and Reason diary 2017.


  • Land boom won a Commendation from John McCullough in the Rottingdean National Poets poetry competition 2016.
  • The Moon Under Water, and Directions toThe Red Lion, are included in an OWF (pub.) anthology on the theme of pubs. The latter also features on beermats.
  • His Usual Theft was awarded Second prize by Stephanie Norgate (a Bloodaxe poet) in the Havant Literary Festival competition 2016. The poem was described as “engaging, well-observed, and an unusual subject”.
  •  Winter Interlude was awarded Third prize in the Buxton Literary Festival poetry competition 2016. The judge was Matt Black.


  • Stir won First prize (£500) in the Teignmouth Festival poetry competition, 2015. The judge was Penelope Shuttle.
  • Three of Philip’s poems were republished by Scholastic in separate anthologies in 2015: My Cat has a Bell (PETS), Caterpillar Salad Wrap, and I’d Like to Pat a Patasaurus (DINOSAURS); Fee £180.
  • Two Piano Tuners was published in The New Welsh Reader, September 2015.
  • How to Paint a Marigold won £60 Second prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition 2015.
  • View Finder received a HIGHLY COMMENDED award in the Welsh Poetry competition, 2015.
  • Smoke and Minnows was longlisted for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2015 and is in the anthology.
  • Biking Free Is performed by an actor as part of the Best of Bolton performance at Bolton Octagon on 28th May 2016. 
  • Garments won Third prize (£175) in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015 judged by Afam Akeh.
  • Coffin Bearers won a £20 runner-up prize in the Salopian open poetry competition 2015. Alison Chisholm said, “…an original and thought-provoking look at mortality.”
    The Relevent Door received a Highly Commended award from Grevel Lindop in the 2015 Mungrisdale Poetry Competition and appears in the anthology.
  • The Carpenter won Second prize in the Rubies In the Darkness poetry competition 2015.
  • A Formal Garden won Third prize of £20 in the 2015 Salopian Poetry Society’s Annual Members Only Poetry Competition.