Forward Prizes for Poetry

Forward Prizes for Poetry
Awarded for Best Collection (£15,000); Best First Collection (£5,000); Best Single Poem (£1,000)
Sponsored by Forward Worldwide, Arts Council England, The Monument Trust, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, The estate of the late Felix Dennis
Location United Kingdom

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are awards for poetry, presented annually at a ceremony in London. They were founded in 1992 by William Sieghart with the aim of celebrating excellence in poetry and increasing its audience, raising poetry's profile and linking poetry to people in new ways. The prizes do this by identifying and honouring talent: collections published in the UK and Ireland over the course of the previous year are eligible, as are single poems nominated by journal editors or prize organisers. Each year, works shortlisted for the prizes — plus those highly commended by the judges — are collected in the Forward Book of Poetry.

The awards have been sponsored since their inception by the content marketing agency Forward Worldwide. The best first collection prize is sponsored by the estate of the late Felix Dennis.

The 25th Forward Prizes was awarded on 20 September 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.[1]


The Forward Prizes for Poetry consist of three awards:

The Prizes are run by the Forward Arts Foundation, which is also responsible for National Poetry Day. The executive director of the Forward Arts Foundation is Susannah Herbert.[2]


The 2016 judging panel was chaired by Malika Booker, writer and multidisciplinary artist, and included poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry, with singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn and Don Share, editor of Poetry (magazine). The Prizes were awarded on 20 September 2016 at London's Southbank Centre.[3]

Previous Winners

Best Collection

Best First Collection

Best Single Poem

See also


  2. Forward Arts Foundation. Retrieved 04 July 2013
  3. "Forward Prizes 2016 | Forward Arts Foundation". Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  4. Cain, Sian (21 September 2015). "Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo wins 2016 Forward prize for poetry". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. Brown, Mark (28 September 2015). "Claudia Rankine's Citizen wins Forward poetry prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. Davies, Caroline. "Kei Miller wins Forward poetry prize". 30 September 2014. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 Alison Flood (1 October 2012). "Jorie Graham takes 2012 Forward prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2012.

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