AN OTLEY writer’s poem has been highly commended in a major competition.

Only ten highly commended awards were made in this year’s Bridport Prize international poetry competition, which attracted some 3,900 entries. Among them was Sharon Phillips’ entry, Epiphany, which judge Hollie McNish praised for its ‘momentary and mindful nature’.

Sharon, who recently moved to Otley, began learning how to write poems a few years ago after retiring from her post as Principal of King Edward VI College, Stourbridge. Since then her poems have been published online and in print and shortlisted for a number of prizes.

She also won the Borderlines Poetry Competition in 2017 and was among the winners of the Poetry Society Members’ Competition in November, 2018.

The Bridport Prize is one of the most prestigious open writing competitions in English and also has several prose categories.