The Forward Prizes for Poetry, set up in 1991, are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland, bringing contemporary poetry to the attention of the wider public. The three prizes for Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem, are unique in honouring both the work of established poets and the debuts of brilliant unknowns. Past Forward Prizes winners include Claudia Rankine, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Alice Oswald, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Kathleen Jamie.
Nic Stringer is highly commended for her first collection A day that you happen to know, published by Guillemot Press. Nic’s poetry and artwork have appeared previously in anthologies and journals such as Magma and Structo and she also won the University of London Prize for Creative Writing in 2016. She manages events and exhibitions and works often with sound as a member of Fractured Strings – see and hear more at corruptedpoetry.com.
Sarah Doyle is highly commended for her poem The woman who married an alchemist, published in the Fenland Reed. Sarah is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence, and (with Allen Ashley) is co-author of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014). Sarah has performed at numerous poetry events; has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies; and placed in many competitions. She works as a freelance manuscript critique provider, and is currently co-editing a new anthology, Humanagerie, for Eibonvale.
Both Nic and Sarah’s poems are featured in The Forward Book of Poetry 2019, pictured below, available now from Faber and Faber.