The nation’s most coveted poetry prizes were awarded live on stage by writer and broadcaster Shahidha Bari who chaired the judging panel of poets Tara Bergin, Andrew McMillan and Carol Rumens, alongside Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library.
Congratulations to all 15 of the poets shortlisted for the three prizes.
The Prizes have been generously supported by Bookmark since 1991 (until 2016, Bookmark traded as Forward Worldwide), and by the late Felix Dennis since 2004.
The Forward Prizes are the leading awards for poetry published in the UK and Ireland. They honour debut collections alongside the work of eminent names, celebrating the year’s best new poetry with high profile live readings at the Southbank Centre every autumn. Notable alumni include Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Claudia Rankine, Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Daljit Nagra.