We seek fresh, lively, engaging responses to the poems on this year’s Forward Prizes shortlist. Encourage your students to enter, and have a go yourself: there are separate categories for ages 14-16 (GCSE), ages 16-19 (A Level, IB, PreU) and for teachers. Just read ten of the Forward shortlisted poems on the EMC website and choose one that appeals. We welcome two kinds of entries: either a critical appreciation or a creative/critical response.
The judges are the poet Sarah Howe and the critic Sarah Crown. Each winning student receives £100 and an invitation to the Forward Prizes ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on 21 September. The best teacher response will win an invitation, a set of ten shortlisted collections, plus the new Forward Book of Poetry 2018, launched the same night.
Deadline: Midnight on Monday 11th September