Forward Prizes for Poetry
|Forward Prizes for Poetry|
|Awarded for||Best Collection (£10,000); Best First Collection (£5,000); Best Single Poem (£1,000)|
|Sponsor||Arts Council England, The John Ellerman Foundation, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation|
The Forward Prizes for Poetry were created in 1991 by William Sieghart with the aim of extending poetry's audience, raising poetry's profile and linking poetry to people in new ways. The prizes do this by identifying and honouring talent.
- 1 Details
- 2 Shortlist announcement and awards ceremony
- 3 Judges and judging process
- 4 2013 Shortlist
- 5 Previous Winners
- 6 Previous Judges
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Forward Prizes for Poetry consist of three awards:
- The Forward Prize for Best Collection, £10,000
- The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, £5,000
- The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in memory of Michael Donaghy, £1,000
The winners, runners-up and highly commended poems are published in the annual anthology, The Forward Book of Poetry. The Prizes are run by the Forward Arts Foundation, which is also responsible for National Poetry Day.
The current director of the Forward Arts Foundation is Susannah Herbert and the assistant director is Maisie Lawrence.
Shortlist announcement and awards ceremony
The 22nd Forward Book of Poetry, an anthology of all the poems shortlisted for the prizes or highly commended by the judges, will be launched at the same event.
Judges and judging process
The 2013 judging panel is chaired by Jeanette Winterson. She chairs a panel of judges comprising the actor/director Samuel West, the journalist David Mills and the poets Paul Farley and Sheenagh Pugh.
During the first judges meeting, a shortlist is decided and was announced this year on 8 July 2013.
Best First Collection
Emily Berry, Dear Boy (Faber and Faber)
Marianne Burton, She Inserts the Key (Seren)
Steve Ely, Oswald's Book of Hours (Smokestack Books)
Hannah Lowe, Chick (Bloodaxe Books)
Dan O'Brien, War Reporter (CB Editions)
Adam White, Accurate Measurements (Doire Press)
Best Single Poem
C. J. Allen, 'Explaining the Plot of Blade Runner to My Mother Who Has Alzheimer's' (Troubadour International Poetry Prize)
Rosie Shepperd, 'A Seedy Narrative or Moments of Lyrical Stillness?' (Smith|Doorstop)
Nick MacKinnon, 'The Metric System' (The Warwick Review)
- 2013: Michael Symmons Roberts, Drysalter (Cape Poetry)
- 2012: Jorie Graham, Place 
- 2011: John Burnside, Black Cat Bone (Jonathan Cape)
- 2010: Seamus Heaney, Human Chain (Faber)
- 2009: Don Paterson, Rain (Faber)
- 2008: Mick Imlah, The Lost Leader (Faber)
- 2007: Sean O'Brien, The Drowned Book (Picador)
- 2006: Robin Robertson, Swithering (Picador)
- 2005: David Harsent, Legion (Faber & Faber)
- 2004: Kathleen Jamie, The Tree House (Picador)
- 2003: Ciarán Carson, Breaking News (The Gallery Press)
- 2002: Peter Porter, Max is Missing (Picador)
- 2001: Sean O'Brien, Downriver (Picador)
- 2000: Michael Donaghy, Conjure (Picador)
- 1999: Jo Shapcott, My Life Asleep (Oxford University Press)
- 1998: Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters (Faber and Faber)
- 1997: Jamie McKendrick, The Marble Fly (Oxford University Press)
- 1996: John Fuller, Stones and Fires (Chatto & Windus)
- 1995: Sean O'Brien, Ghost Train (Oxford University Press)
- 1994: Alan Jenkins, Harm (Chatto & Windus)
- 1993: Carol Ann Duffy, Mean Time (Anvil Press)
- 1992: Thom Gunn, The Man with Night Sweats (Faber and Faber)
Best First Collection
- 2013: Emily Berry, Dear Boy (Faber and Faber)
- 2012: Sam Riviere, 81 Austerities 
- 2011: Rachael Boast, Sidereal (Picador Poetry)
- 2010: Hilary Menos, '2013'Berg (Seren)
- 2009: Emma Jones, The Striped World (Faber)
- 2008: Kathryn Simmonds, Sunday at the Skin Launderette (Seren)
- 2007: Daljit Nagra, Look We Have Coming to Dover! (Faber and Faber)
- 2006: Tishani Doshi, Countries of the Body (Aark Arts)
- 2005: Helen Farish, Intimates (Jonathan Cape)
- 2004: Leontia Flynn, These Days (Jonathan Cape)
- 2003: A. B. Jackson, Fire Stations (Anvil Press)
- 2002: Tom French, Touching the Bones (The Gallery Press)
- 2001: John Stammers, The Panoramic Lounge Bar (Picador)
- 2000: Andrew Waterhouse, In (The Rialto)
- 1999: Nick Drake, The Man in the White Suit (Bloodaxe)
- 1998: Paul Farley, The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (Picador)
- 1997: Robin Robertson, A Painted Field (Picador)
- 1996: Kate Clanchy, Slattern (Chatto & Windus)
- 1995: Jane Duran, Breathe Now, Breathe (Enitharmon Press)
- 1994: Kwame Dawes, Progeny of Air (Peepal Tree)
- 1993: Don Paterson, Nil Nil (Faber and Faber)
- 1992: Simon Armitage, Kid (Faber and Faber)
Best Single Poem
- 2013: Nick MacKinnon, 'The Metric System' (The Warwick Review)
- 2012: Denise Riley, 'A Part Song' 
- 2011: R. F. Langley, 'To a Nightingale' (London Review of Books)
- 2010: Julia Copus, 'An Easy Passage'
- 2009: Robin Robertson, 'At Roane Head'
- 2008: Don Paterson, 'Love Poem for Natalie 'Tusja' Beridze' (Poetry Review)
- 2007: Alice Oswald, 'Dunt' (Poetry London)
- 2006: Sean O'Brien, 'Fantasia on a Theme of James Wright' (Poetry Review)
- 2005: Paul Farley, 'Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second' (The North)
- 2004: Daljit Nagra, 'Look We Have Coming to Dover!' (Poetry Review)
- 2003: Robert Minhinnick, 'The Fox in the National Museum of Wales' (Poetry London)
- 2002: Medbh McGuckian, 'She is in the Past, She has this Grace' (The Shop)
- 2001: Ian Duhig, 'The Lammas Hireling'
- 2000: Tessa Biddington, 'The Death of Descartes'
- 1999: Robert Minhinnick, 'Twenty-five Laments for Iraq'
- 1998: Sheenagh Pugh, 'Envying Owen Beattie'
- 1997: Lavinia Greenlaw, 'A World Where News Travelled Slowly'
- 1996: Kathleen Jamie, 'The Graduates'
- 1995: Jenny Joseph, 'In Honour of Love'
- 1994: Iain Crichton Smith, 'Autumn'
- 1993: Vicki Feaver, 'Judith'
- 1992: Jackie Kay, 'Black Bottom'
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