Forward Prizes for Poetry

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Forward Prizes for Poetry
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Awarded for Best Collection (£10,000); Best First Collection (£5,000); Best Single Poem (£1,000)
Sponsored by Forward Worldwide, Arts Council England, The Monument Trust, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, The estate of the late Felix Dennis
Date 1992
Location United Kingdom

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are awards for poetry, presented annually at a ceremony in London. They were founded in 1992 by William Sieghart with the aim of celebrating excellence in poetry and increasing its audience, raising poetry's profile and linking poetry to people in new ways. The prizes do this by identifying and honouring talent: collections published in the UK and Ireland over the course of the previous year are eligible, as are single poems nominated by journal editors or prize organisers. Each year, works shortlisted for the prizes — plus those highly commended by the judges — are collected in the Forward Book of Poetry.

The awards have been sponsored since their inception by the content marketing agency Bookmark, formerly Forward Worldwide. The best first collection prize is sponsored by the estate of the late Felix Dennis.

The 26th Forward Prizes were awarded on 21 September 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.[1]


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 Prizes are run by the Forward Arts Foundation, which is also responsible for National Poetry Day. The executive director of the Forward Arts Foundation is Susannah Herbert.[2]


The 2017 judging panel was chaired by Andrew Marr, journalist and broadcaster, artist Chris Riddell, poet-critic Sandeep Parmar, and the poets Mona Arshi and Ian Duhig. [3]

Previous winners[edit]

Best Collection[edit]

Best First Collection[edit]

Best Single Poem[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flood, Alison, "Forward prizes reveal shortlists of poems from 'the age of migration'", The Guardian, 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ Forward Arts Foundation. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Forward Prizes 2016". Forward Arts Foundation. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Forward Prizes of Poetry 2017 Winners". Forward Arts Foundation. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Cain, Sian (21 September 2015). "Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo wins 2016 Forward prize for poetry". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Brown, Mark (28 September 2015). "Claudia Rankine's Citizen wins Forward poetry prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Davies, Caroline (30 September 2014). "Kei Miller wins Forward poetry prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Flood, Alison (1 October 2012). "Jorie Graham takes 2012 Forward prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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