Highlights from the Forward Prizes Ceremony 2019

The 2019 Forward Prizes for Poetry were awarded in a ceremony at the Southbank Centre on 20 September 2019.

Fiona Benson wins the Forward Prize for Best Collection

Fiona wins for her collection Vertigo & Ghost (Cape Poetry). She reads her poem, ‘Ace of Base’, 1.40 into the film.


Stephen Sexton wins the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

Stephen wins for his collection If All the World and Love Were Young (Penguin Poetry). He reads his poem, “Yoshi’s House”, 1.53 into the film.


Parwana Fayyaz wins the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem

Parwana wins for her poem Forty Names (PN Review). She reads the poem 1.46 into the film.


The 2020 Forward Prizes winners will be announced in a public ceremony, Southbank Centre, London, in October.