Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets

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Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets (established in 2009) are a set of British literary awards for poetry writing and publishing in pamphlet form.[1] As of 2012, the awards are administered by Wordsworth Trust in association with the British Library and the Times Literary Supplement, and the financial support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. The trust was established in 1966 by the late Lord Marks, 2nd Baron of Broughton.[2] Both awards carry a prize of £5,000.[1]

The prize was created to show how effective pamphlets – defined by the award as a booklet of up to 36 pages – can be in introducing new poetry to readers.[1] The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney praised the prize's establishment as "inspired".[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The award recognises an outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form in the UK.[3]

The following is a list of shortlisted pamphlets. Winners are listed in yellow, first in their year.

Year Author Title Publisher Ref(s) Judges
2009 Elizabeth Burns The Shortest Days Galdragon Press [1]
Polly Atkin Bone Song Aussteiger Publications
Siobhán Campbell That Water Speaks in Tongues Templar Poetry
Sarah Jackson Milk Pighog Press
Kate Potts Whichever music Tall Lighthouse
seekers of lice quot self-published
2010 Selima Hill Advice on Wearing Animal Prints Flarestack Poets [4]
Tom Chivers The Terrors Nine Arches Press
David Hart The Titanic Café closes its doors and hits the rocks Nine Arches Press
Hugh McMillan Devorgilla’s Bridge Roncadora Press
Richard Moorhead The Reluctant Vegetarian Oystercatcher Press
Nii Ayikwei Parkes ballast: a remix Tall Lighthouse
2011 James McGonigall Cloud Pibroch Mariscat [5]
Neil Addison Apocapulco Salt Publishing
Simon Armitage The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right Smith/Doorstop
Sean Burn mo thunder The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press
Olive Broderick Darkhaired Templar Poetry
Ralph Hawkins Happy Whale Fat Smile Oystercatcher Press
2012 Róisín Tierney Dream Endings Rack Press [6]
Paul Bentley Largo Smith/Doorstop
Douglas Dunn Invisible Ink Mariscat Press
Charlotte Gann The Long Woman Pighog Press
Maitreyabandhu The Bond Smith/Doorstop
2013 David Clarke Gaud Flarestack Poets [7]
Kim Lasky Petrol Cyan Electric Smith/Doorstop
Kim Moore If We Could Speak Like Wolves Smith/Doorstop
Ben Parker The Escape Artists Tall Lighthouse
Neil Rollinson Talking Dead Aussteiger Publications
Chrissy Williams Flying into the Bear HappenStance Press
2014 Laura Scott What I Saw The Rialto [8][9]
Christine de Luca Dat Trickster Sun Mariscat Press
Mimi Khalvati Earthshine Smith Doorstop
Ian McMillan Jazz Peas Smith/Doorstop Press
Richard Moorhead The Word Museum Flarestack Poets
Samantha Wynne-Rhyderrch Lime and Winter Rack Press
2015 Gill McEvoy The First Telling HappenStance Press [10][11]
Alan Jenkins Clutag Five Poems Series No. 2 Clutag Press
Anja Konig Advice for an Only Child flipped eye publishing (flap pamphlet series)
Peter Riley The Ascent of Kinder Scout Longbarrow Press
David Tait Three Dragon Day Smith/Doorstop Press

Michael Marks Publishers' Award[edit]

The Michael Marks Publishers' Award recognises an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form.

The following is a list of shortlisted publishers. Winners are listed in yellow, first in their year.

Year Publisher Ref(s) Judges
2009 Oystercatcher Press
HappenStance Press
Tall Lighthouse
Templar Poetry
2010 HappenStance Press
Oystercatcher Press
Templar Poetry
Veer Books
2011 Crater Press
Kater Murr's Press
The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press
Mariscat Press
Roncadora Press
2012 Smith/Doorstop
Donut Press
Pighog Press
Rack Press
2013 Flarestack Poets
Mariscat Press
Rack Press
Pighog Press
Shearsman Books
2014 Rack Press [8][12]
Emma Press
flipped eye publishing
Smith/Doorstop Press
Shearsman Books
2015 Mariscat Press [11][10]
Eyewear Publishing
Smith Doorstop
The Emma Press

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Alison Flood (25 June 2009). "Poetry pamphlet award goes to Elizabeth Burns". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Organisations behind the Awards". British Library 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  3. ^ "The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2011". Poetry Book Society. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Michael Marks awards for poetry pamphlets shortlist". The Guardian. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michael Marks Award Winners". Poetry Book Society. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reality and Hyperreality". The Swan Sea Bay. August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Mika Ross-Southall (21 November 2013). "The wee malt". TLS. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "2014 Winners". wordsworth.org.uk. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "2014 Shortlist". wordsworth.org.uk. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "2015 Winners". wordsworth.org.uk. Archived from the original on October 30, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "2015 Shortlist". wordsworth.org.uk. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "2015 Publisher Shortlist". wordsworth.org.uk. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 

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