Forward/emagazine Student Critics Competition 2018

A poem is a meeting place for its readers and its writer – and the poems shortlisted for Forward Prizes are particularly good places for sparking off creative thoughts and conversations. In partnership with the English & Media Centre, we invited students and their teachers to respond to a poem from this year’s shortlist, either with a short critical commentary or a creative response.

Congratulations to the winners

Forward/emagazine Student Critics Competition winners, Barbara Bleiman of the English & Media Centre, and poet and Forward Prizes judge Jen Campbell.

Read the winning entries and comments on the English & Media Centre website 

16-19 Critical

1st place: Freya Buxton (Queen’s School) in response to ‘Day, with Hawk’

Highly Commended: Erika Yip (Milton Academy ) in response to ‘Girl to Snake’ and Cameren Birch-Ghose (Caroline Chisholm School), in response to ‘dinosaurs in the hood’

Commended: Molly Thompson (King Edward VI High School for Girls)

16-19 Creative

1st place: Natalie Perman (Withington Girls’ School) for ‘do you remember?’ in response to ‘Do You Speak Persian?’

Highly Commended: Aidan Tulloch (Thirsk School and Sixth Form College) for ‘Lament in A Minor for Fiddle and Great Skua’ in response to ‘Do You Speak Persian?’ and Mahira Mannan (Haggerston School) for ‘Poem’  in response to ‘dinosaurs in the hood’

Commended: Cia Mangat (St Paul’s Girls’ School) and Dominic James (Wren Academy)

14-16 Creative

Joint 1st place: Katie Kirkpatrick (Soham Village College) for ‘disposable camera’, in response to ‘Good Names for Three Children’ and Eleanor Joan Harvey (International School of Los Angeles) for ‘Sighting of a Highland Sparrow Hawk’, in response to ‘Day, with Hawk’

Commended: Rosie Schierig (Whitley Bay High School) and Iona Bennett (Roundhay School)

Teacher Critical

1st place: Charlotte Richer (Cherwell School), responding to ‘Assurances’

Teacher Creative

1st place: Matt Oliver (Bede’s School): ‘Nightjars, Umbria’ in response to ‘Day, with Hawk’

Commended: Olga Dermott-Bond (Rugby High School), Celia Shephard (Dulwich College International Shanghai Pudong) and Neil Bowen (Wells Cathedral School).


2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry books

Winners were chosen by poet Sinéad Morrissey. Young winners received £100 and a ticket to the Forward Prizes ceremony on 18 September. Teachers won a covetable set of the ten shortlisted collections.