Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are Britain’s most coveted poetry prizes: together, these three awards celebrate the best new poetry published in the British Isles and honour both established and emerging writers. The prizes are possible thanks to generous sponsorship by Bookmark Content, the global content and communications company.

Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000)

Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000)

Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000)

Submissions have now closed. 

The Forward Prizes will be awarded on 18 September 2018 at the Southbank Centre, London. This is a public event where shortlisted poets are invited to read their work.

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