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2020 FORWARD PRIZE SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED

Posted on June 12 2020

The shortlists for the Forward Prizes for Poetry were announced this week to honour excellence in contemporary poetry published in UK and Ireland.
We're delighted to see so many PBS poets on the shortlist, including our board member Malika Booker. Will Harris' RENDANG, Ella Frear's Shine, Darling, Natalie Diaz's Postcolonial Love Poem and our PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Prize winner Regi Claire for her poem ‘(Un)certainties’
Winners will be announced on the 25th October.

Best Collection Shortlist (£10,000 Prize)


Caroline Bird – The Air Year (Carcanet)
Natalie Diaz – Postcolonial Love Poem (Faber & Faber) - Not Yet Published (NYP)
Vicki Feaver – I Want! I Want! (Cape Poetry)
David Morley – FURY (Carcanet) NYP
Pascale Petit – Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books) NYP


Best First Collection Shortlist (£5000 Prize)


Ella Frears – Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books)
Will Harris – RENDANG (Granta Poetry)
Rachel Long – My Darling from the Lions (Picador) NYP
Nina Mingya Powles – Magnolia 木蘭 (Nine Arches Press) NYP
Martha Sprackland – Citadel (Pavilion Poetry)

Best Single Poem (£1000)


Fiona Benson – ‘Mama Cockroach, I Love You’ (Poetry London)
Malika Booker – ‘The Little Miracles’ (Magma)
Regi Claire – ‘(Un)certainties’ (Mslexia & PBS Women’s Poetry Competition)
Valzhyna Mort – ‘Nocturne for a Moving Train’ (The Poetry Review)
Sarah Tsiang – ‘Dick pics’ (The Moth)


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