Forward to Manchester

Published: 29 October 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Forward Prizes For Poetry

The Forward Prizes for Poetry will be coming to Contact Manchester this November—the first time the ceremony has ventured outside London in its 30-year history.

The prizes are the most influential awards for new poetry published in the UK and Ireland, and over the last three decades have lauded Simon Armitage, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy, Claudia Rankine, Jackie Kay and Caleb Femi.

The winners of this year’s will be announced on November 28 at a live event which puts young people at the heart of the decision-making and creative practice.

Prizes are awarded in three categories: the Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000), the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000) and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000), and all represent a mix of new voices and significant names.