Forward poetry prize shortlists 2020


10 June 2020
The Forward prizes are given for excellence in contemporary British poetry

The 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000): The Air Year, Caroline Bird (Carcanet); Postcolonial Love Poem, Natalie Diaz (Faber & Faber); I Want! I Want!, Vicki Feaver (Cape Poetry); FURY, David Morley (Carcanet); Tiger Girl, Pascale Petit (Bloodaxe Books)

The 2020 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000): Shine, Darling, Ella Frears (Offord Road Books); RENDANG, Will Harris (Granta Poetry); My Darling from the Lions, Rachel Long (Picador); Magnolia 木蘭, Nina Minya Powles (Nine Arches Press); Citadel, Martha Sprackland (Pavilion Poetry)

The 2020 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000): Mama Cockroach, I Love You, Fiona Benson (Poetry London); The Little Miracles, Malika Booker (Magma); (Un)certainties, Regi Claire (Mslexia & PBS Women’s Poetry Competition); Nocturne for a Moving Train, Valzhyna Mort (The Poetry Review); Dick pics by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang (The Moth)

On 30 June, there will be an online Meet the Poet event with readings from the shortlisted work and the opportunity to ask the poets questions.

The winners will be announced on 25 October.

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