Forward Prize Shortlists 2022
Celebrating the year's best new poetry, The Forward Prizes are amongst the leading awards for poetry in the UK and Ireland. Awarded across three categories – the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem – they recognise the work of new and aspiring poets alongside well-established names.
This year's winners are . . .
Best Collection: All The Men I Never Married by Kim Moore
Best First Collection: Amnion by Stephanie Sy-Quia
Best Single Poem: Up Late by Nick Laird
All The Men I Never Married
Pilgrim Bell: Shortlisted for the 2022 Forward Prize
Sonnets for Albert: Winner of the T S Eliot Prize 2022
Cain Named The Animal
The Illustrated Woman: The brilliant new collection from...
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Shortlisted...
The English Summer
This year's shortlists feature a biblical vision rich in metaphor and metaphysics, a superlative unpacking of the subtext of female bodies through time, and a bravura melding of motherhood, migration and popular culture, amongst other bold and innovative collections. The winners will be announced on Monday 28 November.
Shortlist for Best Collection:
Pilgrim Bell. Kaveh Akbar.
Sonnets for Albert. Anthony Joseph.
Cain Named The Animal. Shane McCrae.
All The Men I Never Married. Kim Moore.
The Illustrated Woman. Helen Mort.
Shortlist for the Felix Dennix Prize for First Collection:
Rifqa. Mohammed El-Kurd.
The English Summer. Holly Hopkins.
Some Integrity. Padraig Regan.
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head. Warsan Shire.
Amnion. Stephanie Sy-Quia.
The shortlist for Best Single Poem:
Louisa Campbell: "Dog on a British Airways Airbus"
Cecilia Knapp: "I’m Shouting I LOVED YOUR DAD at my Brother’s Cat"
Nick Laird: "Up Late"
Carl Phillips: "Scattered Snows, to the North"
Clare Pollard: "Pollen"