Winner: Maria Cunha, 'Comfort'

Winner: Maria Cunha,


Maria Cunha’s poem ‘Comfort’ is the recipient of a 2020 Newcastle Poetry Competition Young People’s Prize.




The closet is a space I climb into for comfort.

I can sense the darkness enclosing around me.

My mother’s scent lingering in the air.

I can feel the softness of the carpet inviting me in.

To lay down and sleep.

I can hear the shouting starting again.


Maria Cunha, 13