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)

The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018 will open for entries on 22 January.

Editors will be invited to submit entry forms through Submittable until Friday 9 March. They will then have a further two weeks to send us books or bound proofs of collections. All books must be received by Friday 23 March.

Judges will be announced when the prizes open in the spring.

Read the Forward Prizes for Poetry Entry Guidelines
Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Save the date: the 2018 Forward Prizes ceremony will be held on 18 September 2018.

If you have a question about the prizes, that’s not covered by our guidelines or frequently asked questions, you can email us at