Wordsworth Trust Director Michael McGregor says:
'We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Michael Marks Awards. Our involvement signifies our ongoing commitment to contemporary poetry. This year for the first time we are delighted to announce an additional award for illustration, promoting the poetry pamphlet as an object of visual as well as of poetic beauty.'

The Awards have rapidly established themselves among the most significant awards in contemporary poetry. They are designed to raise the profile of poetry pamphlets, recognising the enormous contribution that they make to the poetry world. Previous winners of the Pamphlet award are Elizabeth Burns, Selima Hill, James McGonigal, Roisin Tierney, David Clarke and Laura Scott. Previous winner s of the Publishers award are The Crater Press, Oystercatcher Press, Happenstance Press, Smith/ Doorstop Press, Flarestack Poets and Rack Press.

There are three awards:

The Michael Marks Poetry Award recognises an outstanding poetry pamphlet published in the UK between July 2014 and the end of June 2015. The judges will take into account the quality of the pamphlet as well as the poetry. The winning poet will receive a cheque for £5,000.

The poet of the winning pamphlet will also become Harvard University’s Michael Marks Poet in Residence at its summer school in Greece. The residency will take place in July 2016.

The Michael Marks Publishers’ Award recognises an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, based on their publishing programme between July 2014 and the end of June 2015. The judges will take into account the publishers’ philosophy, aims, plans, design ethos and marketing strategy as well as the quality of the poetry. The winning publisher will receive a cheque for £5,000.

The Michael Marks Illustration Award will recognise outstanding illustration of a poetry pamphlet published between July 2014 and June 2015. The judge will consider illustration in any medium and will be looking for a subtle and sustained relationship between image and text, as well as the overall quality of the images. The winning illustrator will receive a cheque for £500.00.

The judges are: Helen Mort, former Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, Rory Waterman, Poet and regular reviewer for the TLS, and Debbie Cox, Lead Curator of Printed Literary Sources at the British Library. The Illustration Award will be judged by Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, London from 2008 – 2015.

Full details of eligibility and how to enter
Entry forms for the Pamphlets Award are available here, for the Publishers Award here, and for the Illustration Award here.

Open for submissions Monday 20 July 2015

Closing date 4.00pm Friday 28 August 2015.

Winners will be announced at a special dinner with the shortlisted poets and publishers at the British Library on the evening of Tuesday 24 November 2015.




Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman

Helen Mort

Helen Mort

Nicholas Penny

Nicholas Penny

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