Shortlisted for "Primavera" & longlisted for "Beech on Ide Hill" in Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year
Shortlisted for "I Watch. I Wait. I Work" by in Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year
2nd place for "Scuttle" & longlisted for "Worship - Recession Style" in Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year
'Just Hoping it Will All go Away' published in an anthology called Tools for Solidarity
Shortlisted for 'Broken Biscuits' in Writing Magazine's April competition
Shortlisted for "Hosam Salrm of Gaza takes a photo of a man" in Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year
First prize for poem on Fernando Pessoa in Hammond House competition.
‘Leavings’ has been awarded 1st prize in the poetry category in Carers UK’s Creative Writing and Photography Competition 2017.
Second prize for 'In Transit' in Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
'Codes of Being' has received a commendation in Poetry Space Competition 2017
'Niamh at Two Months' longlisted in this years Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year competition
The Big Bow-wow and the Worker of Ivory was shortlisted in the Wells Literature Festival Poetry Competition 2017
How You Shall Know Them was shortlisted in Making Waves (Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival)
The Slave of Velazquez has been highly commended in the Poetry on the Lake competition
The Zombie-Maker was shortlisted in O’Bheal Five Words 2017,
Else the Puck a Liar Call ... was shortlisted in Hungry Hill Poets Meet Politics 2017
From the Inventory of Twentieth Century Things was shortlisted in Poetry Kit Autumn Competition 2016
Dancer was shortlisted in Poetry Kit Spring 2017 Competition.
A poem No Place was included on the Poetry on the Lake page: Crossing Lines, poems for immigrants and refugees.
A poem, William Hogarth in London 2016, has been included in the anthology ‘Best of British’ (Paper Swans Press)
A poem Mr & Mrs Feather-My-Nest was included on the website 'Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis'
Read more of Derek's poetry at 'Caught in the Net'
'Willows' runner-up for the Brighton Flash Fiction prize. To be published in a Rattle Bag anthology.