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PBS Launches a New Wild Card Category

The Poetry Book Society is delighted to announce the launch of a new Wild Card category for Poetry Book Society Selections. The Wild Card Choice will celebrate radical, experimental, indie and form-breaking poetry collections which might not fit within the usual PBS Selection criteria. This new venture builds upon T.S. Eliot’s legacy to ‘propagate the art of poetry’ further afield and represents our commitment to poetry in its many diverse forms. We hope to engage with producers of poetry who may not have considered submitting to the PBS in the past, while honouring our promise to members to showcase the best in contemporary poetry in all its guises. The Wild Card category will be judged by the British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator, Anthony Anaxagorou.

Poetry can be many things. The Wild Card Choice is an important way of recognising the radical, experimental and avant-garde styles of writing which help progress the form
- Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts as well as being published in The Feminist Review, Amnesty International’s Words That Burn and John Berger’s anthology The Long White Thread of Words. He was commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 general election to write the poem for their campaign entitled Mark It Red. In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for most influential people in writing and publishing. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing that aims to challenge the lack of diversity in British publishing.

Copies of the Wild Card Choice will be available to order from with a 25% discount for PBS Members. Publishers can also find out more about submitting books to the Wild Card category here.
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