The Michael Marks Awards celebrates the poetry pamphlet as a format which supports innovation in UK poetry. Established in 2009, the annual awards include prizes for Poetry Pamphlet, Publisher, Illustration and Poetry in a Celtic Language.

 

In 2019, we were excited to announce our newest prize, for Poetry in a Celtic Language. This prize extends our awards to encompass poetry pamphlets published in the UK in Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Cornish and Manx Gaelic. The Celtic Language prize opened to poetry pamphlets published in the UK between 1st August 2017 and the closing date of the competition in September 2019. It will be open for submissions again in 2020.

 

2019 Winners

The 2019 Awards were held on Tuesday 10th December 2019. We were delighted to announce the winners as follows:

Poetry Award

Rowan Evans. The Last Verses of Beccán. Guillemot Press.

Poetry in a Celtic Language Award

Morgan Owen. moroedd/dŵr. Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp.

Publisher Award

Verve Poetry Press.

Illustration Award

Chris Routledge for Carousel, by Chris Routledge and Rebecca Goss. Guillemot Press.

The winning poets will be the 2020 Harvard University’s Michael Marks Poets in Residence at its activities in Greece in the spring.

You can listen to readings from winners and shortlisted poets on Soundcloud.

 

Previous winners

 

Poetry Award

2019: Rowan Evans, The Last Verses of Beccán (Guillemot Press)
2018: Carol Rumens, Bezdelki (Emma Press)
2017: Charlotte Wetton, I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand (Calder Valley Poetry)
2016: Richard Scott, Wound (The Rialto)
2015: Gill McEvoy, The First Telling (HappenStance)
2014: Laura Scott, What I Saw (The Rialto)
2013: David Clarke, Gaud (Flarestack Poets)
2012: Róisín Tierney, Dream Endings (Rack Press)
2011: James McGonigal, Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat)
2010: Selima Hill, Advice on Wearing Animal Prints (Flarestack Poets)
2009: Elizabeth Burns, The Shortest Days: elegies im DGB and PGH (Galdragon Press)

 

Publisher Award

2019: Verve Poetry Press
2018: Guillemot Press
2017: Smith Doorstop (The Poetry Business)
2016: The Emma Press
2015: Mariscat
2014: Rack
2013: Flarestack Poets
2012: Smith Doorstop (The Poetry Business)
2011: Crater
2010: Happenstance
2009: Oystercatcher

 

Illustration Award

2019: Chris Routledge, Carousel (Chris Routledge and Rebecca Goss) Guillemot Press
2018: PR, Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah: The Song of the Willow Tit (Steve Ely) Wild West Press.
2017: Rose Ferraby, The Tender Map (Melanie Challenger) Guillemot Press.
2016: Mairead Dunne, The Clearing (Luke Thompson), Atlantic Press.
2015: Mat Osmond, Deadman and Hare 1: Fly Sings, Strandline Books.

 

Poetry in a Celtic Language Award

2019: Morgan Owen, moroedd/dŵr (Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp)

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