Forward & Seamus Heaney Centre Prizes for Poetry

July 22, 2010

Yesterday the Forward Prize and the first ever Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry short lists were announced:

Forward Best Collection (10,000):

Seamus HeaneyHuman Chain (Faber)

Lachlan MackinnonSmall Hours (Faber)

Sinead MorrisseyThrough the Square Window (Carcanet)

Robin RobertsonThe Wrecking Light (Picador)

Fiona SampsonRough Music (Carcanet)

Jo ShapcottOf Mutability (Faber)

Best first collection (£5,000):

Christian CampbellRunning the Dusk (Peepal Tree Press)

Hilary MenosBerg (Poetry Wales Press)

Abegail MorleyHow to Pour Madness into a Teacup (Cinnamon Press)

Helen OswaldLearning Gravity (tall lighthouse)

Steve SpenceA Curious Shipwreck (Shearsman)

Sam WillettsNew Light for the Old Dark (Jonathan Cape)

The best single poem award (£1,000):

Kate Bingham – ‘On Highgate Hill’

Julia Copus – ‘An Easy Passage’

Lydia Fulleylove – ‘Night Drive’

Chris Jones – ‘Sentences’

Ian Pindar – ‘Mrs Beltinska in the Bath’

Lee Sands – ‘The Reach’

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 6 October – the day before National Poetry day – in London

Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry (£1,000)

Anne BerkeleyThe Men from Praga (Salt)

Sian HughesThe Missing (Salt)

Lorraine MarinerFurniture (Picador)

Tom MathewsThe Owl and the Pussycat (Dedalus)

Andrew PhilipThe Ambulance Box (Salt)

The winners will be announced during the British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference being held in Belfast on 15 – 17 September

3 Responses to “Forward & Seamus Heaney Centre Prizes for Poetry”


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