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Caroline Bird & David Morley shortlisted for Forward Prize!

Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020

No Text Congratulations are in order for two of our poets - Caroline Bird and David Morley - whose collections have been nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2020! Caroline is nominated for her new collection The Air Year (Feb 2020) and David for his collection FURY, which is published this August.

The Forward Prizes for Poetry honour excellence in contemporary poetry published in UK and Ireland. There are three prizes: Best Collection (£10,000) and Best First Collection (£5,000) consider books of poetry, while Best Single Poem (£1,000) seeks the best poem from magazines and competitions.

One of the highlights of the literary calendar, the Forward Prizes for Poetry winners will be announced on Sunday 25 October.


Forward Prize for Best Collection:

Caroline Bird – The Air Year (Carcanet)

Natalie Diaz – Postcolonial Love Poem (Faber & Faber)

Vicki Feaver – I Want! I Want! (Cape Poetry)

David Morley – FURY (Carcanet)

Pascale Petit – Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books)



Forward Prize for Best Single Poem:



Fiona Benson – ‘Mama Cockroach, I Love You’ (Poetry London)

Malika Booker – ‘The Little Miracles’ (Magma)

Regi Claire – ‘(Un)certainties’ (Mslexia & PBS Women’s Poetry Competition)

Valzhyna Mort – ‘Nocturne for a Moving Train’ (The Poetry Review)

Sarah Tsiang – ‘Dick pics’ (The Moth)



Felix Dennis Prize for First Collection:



Ella Frears – Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books)

Will Harris – RENDANG (Granta Poetry)

Rachel Long – My Darling from the Lions (Picador)

Nina Mingya Powles – Magnolia 木蘭 (Nine Arches Press)

Martha Sprackland – Citadel (Pavilion Poetry)



You can read more about the shortlist in The Guardian here.





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