About Forward/emagazine Creative Critics

The Forward Prizes and English Media Centre invites 16-19 year-olds, currently in full-time education, to write a poem in response to work shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry.

Visit the English Media Centre to find a sample poem from each book shortlisted for a Forward Prize. Read and think about the poems. Choose one of the poems and write a creative response to it in the form of a poem (maximum 30 lines), along with a reflective commentary (maximum 300 words).


Winner: £200
Two runners-up: £50

The winning entry will be published in the February 2021 issue of emagazine and on the Forward Arts Foundation website.

Closing Date

5pm, Wednesday 30th September