- Our beautiful Forward Book of Poetry 2020 is here! A selection of new work by the poets shortlisted for the 2019 Forwards – including Raymond Antrobus, Liz Berry, Mary Jean Chan and Ilya Kaminsky and many many more. Plus, fifty highly commended poets you really can’t afford not to read. Buy your copy.
- The prizes were awarded at a ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20th October 2019. Congratulations to Fiona Benson, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection; Stephen Sexton winner of the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection; and Parwana Fayyaz, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Read more here.
National Poetry Day - Thursday 3 October 2019 - is a chance for all to enjoy, discover and share a poem, using hashtag #nationalpoetryday.
This year's theme is Truth. Sign up to learn more.
Forward Arts Foundation is a literary charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience.
We do this through National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Forward Book of Poetry. Click here to learn how you can join in.
- The Forward Prizes for Poetry and the annual Forward Book of Poetry are generously sponsored by Bookmark, the global content and communications company.
- We support poetry in schools - and now you can too. This stunning anthology, edited by Kate Clanchy, features 23 exceptional young poets who made their home in the English language by reading and writing poems, with the backing of Forward Arts Foundation. Buy copies here for yourself and for any teachers you know: 25p from every copy funds our work with children.