Forward Prizes for Poetry: 25 Years
The prizes were awarded at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on 20 September 2016 to:
The Forward Prize for Best Collection Shortlist (£15,000)
Vahni Capildeo – Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet)
The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection Shortlist (£5,000)
Tiphanie Yanique – Wife (Peepal Tree Press)
The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem Shortlist (£1,000)
Sasha Dugdale – ‘Joy’ (PN Review)
This is the 25th year of the Forward Prizes for Poetry, the most coveted poetry awards in the UK and Ireland.
This year’s judging panel was chaired by Malika Booker, writer and multidisciplinary artist, and includes poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry, with singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn and Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine.
The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland: they have played a key role in bringing contemporary poetry to the attention of the wider public for quarter of a century. They were set up in 1992 by philanthropist William Sieghart to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience, and are awarded to published poets for work in print in the last year. The three prizes – £15,000 for Best Collection, £5,000 for Best First Collection and £1,000 for Best Single Poem – are unique in honouring both the work of established poets and the debuts of brilliant unknowns. Past Forward Prizes winners include Claudia Rankine, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Alice Oswald, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Kathleen Jamie.
Read about last year’s laureates, Claudia Rankine, Mona Arshi and Claire Harman. here.