Forward/emagazine Creative Critics Competition 2019

A Competition for for Advanced Level Students 2019

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.

This year we’ve simplified the competition. It’s for 16-19 year olds only and there’s just one way of entering – by writing a poem of your own in response to one of the Forward shortlisted poems, along with a short commentary explaining how the poem influenced you. The reason? We were so bowled over by the superb quality of the poems and commentaries in last year’s competition that we’ve decided to make the whole competition Creative Critics from now on!

This year, the emagazine editors will be joined by poet and teacher Daljit Nagra to judge the competition.

Full details of the 2019 Competition can be found on this page. The poems and the entry form will be added on this site at 10am on Friday 14th June.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners

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.