Forward Book of Poetry


The Forward Book of Poetry 2019
is available to purchase HERE. It brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of the 2018 Forward Prizes. 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.’The Forward Prizes are invaluable in finding the most essential, exciting voices, highlighting the contemporary poets who are at the top of their game and whose words will travel far and reach many readers.’ Bidisha, chair of judges, Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018.

Contains poetry shortlisted in the 2018 Forward Prizes, plus 50 Highly Commended poems.

Shortlisted poets:

The Forward Prize for Best Collection – Vahni Capildeo, J. O. Morgan, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Danez Smith, Tracy K. Smith

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection – Kaveh Akbar, Abigail Parry, Phoebe Power, Shivanee Ramlochan, Richard Scott

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem – Fiona Benson, Liz Berry, Sumita Chakraborty, Jorie Graham, Will Harris

Highly Commended – Hera Lindsey Bird, Sean Borodale, Graham Burchell, Marianne Burton, Toby Campion, JR Carpenter, Sophie Collins, Sarah Corbett, Emily Critchley, Paul Deaton, Christopher Deweese, Imtiaz Dharker, Tishani Doshi, Sarah Doyle, Sasha Dugdale, Kate Edwards, Richard Georges, Lucy Hamilton, Philip Hancock, Emily Hasler, Ellen Hinsey, Lindsey Holland, Ian Humphreys, Ishion Hutchinson, Jackie Kay, Amy Key, John Kinsella, Anna Kisby, Vanessa Kisuule, Zaffar Kunial, Andrew McMillan, Andrew McNeillie, Faisal Mohyuddin, Fiona Moore, David Morley, Sean O’Brien, Conor O’Callaghan, Ruth Padel, Katherine Pierpoint, Chris Preddle, Meryl Pugh, Denise Riley, Antony Rowland, Rachel Spence, Nic Stringer, Helen Tookey, Ben Wilkinson, Judith Willson, James Womack, Andrew Wynn Owen