The 2017 Forward Prize shortlist
has been announced and Carcanet has a poet in every single category!Sinead Morrissey
's On Balance
and Tara Bergin
's The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx
have both been shortlisted in the Best Collection category, while Eric Langley
's debut Raking Light
has been shortlisted for The Feliz Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. Ian Patterson's 'The Plenty of Nothing', published in PN Review 230
(July-Aug 2016) has been nominated in the Best Single Poem category.
The category for Best Collection has been won by Carcanet poets in the past with Kei Miller
's The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
claiming the prize in 2014 and Vahni Capildeo
's Measures of Expatriation
in 2016 (in addition to Sasha Dugdale
' winning Best Single Poem in the same year), but this is the first time we have had a nomination in every category.
This year’s judging panel is chaired by Andrew Marr, journalist and television presenter, and includes poets Ian Duhig, Sandeep Parmar and Mona Arshi, and artist Chris Riddell. The 26th annual Forward Prizes will be awarded on 21 September 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.
Congratulations Sinead, Tara, Eric and Ian!