The Forward Prizes for Poetry invites entries

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Thirty years after its launch by Bookmark, the Forward Prizes for Poetry welcomes submissions from the editors and publishers of books, magazines, online journals and competitions, published in the UK and Ireland. The submission period for entries runs to 8th March 2021.

Publishers entering the Forward Prizes for Best Collection and Best First Collection will have a further ten days to send physical copies of books, on 18th March 2021.

There are three prizes: The Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000), The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000) and The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000). They are accompanied by the Forward Book of Poetry, an annual anthology which brings together the best new work published in the UK and Ireland.

In collaboration with the Creative Critics’ competition, 16 to 19 year olds are invited to write poems in response to work shortlisted for the Prizes. Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books has been an A level English set text since 2014.

The panel of judges read all the books and individual poem submissions before selecting the shortlists to be announced in June. The judges then reflect on the shortlists over the summer before announcing the winners in autumn. You can find out more about the process and eligibility by reading entry guidance and FAQs.

Will Harris RENDANG cover showing the title in red, yellow, black and blue lettering on a cream background.The Forward Prizes celebrate the best new poetry published in UK & Ireland. 2020 winners were announced in an online event, hosted by the British Library, on Sunday 25th October.

Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000)
Caroline Bird The Air Year (Carcanet)

Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000)
Will Harris RENDANG (Granta Poetry)

Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000)
Malika Booker ‘The Little Miracles’ (Magma).

Find full details here of how to enter.

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