Welsh poet Dave Lewis will judge the awards in 2020.

He is a #1 Amazon Best Seller and award-winning Welsh writer, poet and photographer based in Pontypridd.  He has written content for and still maintains many web sites.  He has written for BBC Wales, local newspapers and been published in a number of literary magazines and web sites all over the world, including: Frogpond Journal, Modern Haiku, Nine Muses Poetry, Under the Basho, Hedgerow Haiku, Active Muse (Commonwealth Writers), British Haiku Journal, Wales Haiku Journal, Chapel FM Radio, Poetry Super Highway, ‘Between These Shores’, The Dawntreader, Celtic Life International, Dream Catcher, Roundyhouse Magazine, Chrysanthemum, English Chicago Review, Prole, Poetry and Prose, Volume Magazine, Morgen Bailey Blog, The Heron’s Nest, HQ Poetry Magazine, Shamrock (Irish Haiku Society Journal), Presence, Gold Dust Magazine, BottleRockets, Red Poets, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Journal, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Monkey Kettle, Bolts of Silk, Origami Condom, The Beat, Read This Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, Inclement magazine, The Seventh Quarry, Spark Bright, Treeblog, Square magazine, Bottom of the World and Open Mouse (Poetry Scotland).  Resolutely unconventional and anti-establishment, he remains outside the metropolitan elite and even refuses to read in public anymore.

In 2007 he set up the first ever Welsh Poetry Competition, an international poetry competition, now the biggest in Wales.  In 2019 he created the Writers of Wales A to Z database, which seeks to highlight the abundance of literary talent either from Wales or with a deep connection to Wales, both past and present.  He runs Publish & Print, a book publishing company that is seeking good writers that have been overlooked by the mainstream publishing industry.

His poetry collection ‘Going Off Grid‘ was a previous finalist in The Wishing Shelf Awards with a score of 39/40 from 17 judges.  His new poetry collection, ‘Scratching The Surface‘ is his twentieth book and has been praised by great British poets Brian Patten, David J Costello and Sally Spedding.

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Note: Our main judge for 2021 will be announced around Christmas.