Watch the Forward Prizes 2018

The 2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry were awarded in a ceremony at the Southbank Centre on 18 September 2018.

Winner Announcements

Danez Smith wins the Forward Prize for Best Collections and reads ‘dinosaurs in the hood’


Phoebe Power wins the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and reads ‘Rina’

Liz Berry wins the Forward Prizes for Best Single Poem 2018

You can watch Liz read her winning poem ‘The Republic of Motherhood’ in the reading films below.


Forward Prizes for Best Collection Readings

Vahni Capildeo reads from Venus as a Bear

Toby Martinez de las Rivas reads from Black Sun

J.O. Morgan reads from Assurances

Danez Smith reads from Don’t Call Us Dead

Tracy K. Smith reads from Wade in the Water

Felix Dennis Prizes for Best First Collection Readings 

Kaveh Akbar reads from Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Abigail Parry reads from Jinx 

Phoebe Power reads from Shrines of Upper Austria 

Shivanee Ramlochan reads from Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting 

Richard Scott reads from Soho


Forward Prizes for Best Single Poem

Fiona Benson reads ‘Ruins’


Liz Berry reads ‘The Republic of Motherhood’


Sumita Chakraborty reads ‘And death demands a labor’

Jorie Graham reads ‘Tree’

Will Harris reads from ‘SAY’