Forward Prizes for Poetry

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most influential awards for new poetry in the UK and Ireland, honouring fresh voices alongside internationally established names.

First awarded in 1992, over the last three decades the prizes have celebrated some of the most recognised names in poetry including Simon Armitage, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy, Claudia Rankine, Jackie Kay and Caleb Femi. Each year there are four prizes;

  • Best Collection (£10,000)
  • Best First Collection (£5,000)
  • Best Single Poem – Written (£1,000)
  • Best Single Poem – Performed (£1,000)

The Forward Prize for Best Collection Shortlist 2024

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection Shortlist 2024

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem – Written Shortlist 2024

  • Vasiliki Albedo

    ‘On hearing the seismologist say there could be an 8.5R earthquake near Athens’
    (And Other Poems)

  • Derek Chan

    ‘A Craft Talk on the Praxis of an August Evening’
    (Oxford Poetry)

  • Cindy Juyoung Ok

    ‘Ward of One’
    (Poetry London)

  • Lisa Kelly

    ‘I Wanted To Show You A Donkey’

  • Tife Kusoro

    ‘the only other dark skinned girl’
    (National Poetry Competition)

The Jerwood Prize for Best Single Poem – Performed Shortlist 2024

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