About Forward/emagazine Creative Critics

Entries are now closed. Our judge, Julia Copus, is reading the entries and winners will informed later this month. 

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.