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Luke Kennard, Fiona Benson and Denise Riley Shortlisted for The Forward Poetry Prizes 2021

Fiona Benson, Luke Kennard and Denise Riley are in the running for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2021. Luke Kennard is nominated in the Best Collection category for Notes on the Sonnets (Penned in the Margins), which sees him reimagining Shakespeare’s Sonnets through a depressing house party, and Fiona Benson's poem "Androgeus" and Denise Riley's "1948" are both up for the the £1,000 Best Single Poem award. 

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most influential awards for new poetry in the UK and Ireland, honouring fresh voices alongside internationally established names. The judges’ selection of shortlisted and highly commended poems will be published on 16th September 2021 in the annual Forward Book of Poetry (Faber & Faber). 

Click here to browse the shortlists. 

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