Forward Book of Poetry 2020

The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 – out now

It’s time to sharpen your poetry appetite, scan the poetry landscape and sample new work by the names behind the poetry boom by ordering copies of the new Forward Book of Poetry 2020.

This new selection of the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year has been harvested from more than 200 collections and journals eligible for the Forward Prizes. The 50 highly commended poets featured include Carol Ann Duffy, Inua Ellams, Hugo Williams, Ann Wroe and Morgan Parker, plus, of course, the 15 poets on this year’s Prizes shortlists (below).

Pick up your copy here

The Forward Prize for Best Collection 
Fiona Benson • Niall Campbell • Ilya Kaminsky • Vidyan Ravinthiran • Helen Tookey

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
Raymond Antrobus • Jay Bernard • David Cain • Isabel Galleymore • Stephen Sexton

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem
Liz Berry • Mary Jean Chan • Jonathan Edwards • Parwana Fayyaz • Holly Pester

The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including great work shortlisted and commended in the 2019 Forward Prizes.

Published on Thursday 5th September, you can pre-order your copy from your local bookshop here

In showcasing the range and ambition of today’s fresh voices alongside new work by familiar names, this anthology is a perfect introduction to contemporary poetry.

‘As new audiences turn to poetry… the Forward Prizes support talent and encourage brilliance.’‘ Shahidha Bari, Chair of Judges, Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019.