Posted: 25 November 2010
The shortlist for the Picador Poetry Prize was announced. The prize recognises the best new, previously unpublished poetry in the UK. It is awarded for a representative selection of a poet's work, rather than a single poem. The winner (to be announced in January) will receive an advance and the collection will be edited by Don Paterson and subsequently published by Picador. Upon announcing the shortlist, the Chair of the judges, Don Paterson, commented: 'We've been delighted with the quality and variety of the entries, which have presented us with a snapshot of a poetry in terrifically good health. All the shortlisted poets have a bold sense of the poem as a vital form, and it's going to be a formidable task to choose the winner.'
The shortlisted poets are:
Mir Mahfuz Ali
Picador Publisher, Paul Baggaley, commented: ‘Since 1997 Picador has earned a reputation for publishing the very best in contemporary poetry and, throughout his editorship, Don Paterson has consistently brought the brightest young poets to the Picador Poetry list. The Picador Poetry Prize is an exciting way of finding talented new voices for the list and in bringing them to a wider audience. I'm incredibly proud of our commitment to publishing exceptional poetry and look forward to welcoming a new poet to Picador.'
Since it began in 1997, Picador Poetry has established itself as one of the leading poetry imprints in the UK, and the roll-call of Picador authors includes many of the best-known names in British and American verse. The Picador Poetry Prize aims to encourage unpublished poets, unearth new talent, and bring exciting new writing to a wider audience.
For further information on the prize please contact Emma Bravo in the Picador Press Office.
Categories: Poetry Prizes