Amid the turbulence of 2020, millions of people turned to poetry to make sense of a rapidly shifting world. For Forward, it reinforced the importance of working towards a society where individuals and communities can develop their innate creativity, agency and understanding through the making and sharing of poetry.

We believe poetry is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, maternity and pregnancy, race, religion, class and sexual orientation. For this reason, our approach to our poetry commissions and recruitment is shaped by a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Across 2021, we are working to more actively and strategically embed inclusion in every facet of our practice. We particularly welcome applications for vacancies from black and minority ethnic candidates, as they are under-represented within the arts, and we commit to continue to review our processes to ensure that our organisation more closely reflects the society it serves.

Cover Designer

We are looking for an exciting designer to create a cover for the Forward Book of Poetry 2023.

The Forward Book of Poetry is an annual anthology which celebrates the best poems published in the UK and Ireland over the preceding 12 months. The books are released in autumn and are named for the coming year, so Forward Book of Poetry 2023 will be released September 2022.

The poems are selected by judges of the Forward Prizes for Poetry. One of the largest poetry prizes in the UK, the Forward Prizes and books are seen as the cutting edge and are sometimes challenging prize, akin to the Turner Prizes in the art world.

The book is essential reading for seasoned poetry enthusiasts and a perfect introduction for new readers. The anthology includes work by the 15 poets shortlisted for the Forward Prizes, plus 50 commended poets. Some of the poets are already famous, some virtually unknown, and the anthology contains a wide range of poetry styles.

Applications close 5pm Monday 25 October.

Please download the Design Brief and Equal Opportunities form using the buttons below for full details on how to apply.