The Michael Marks Awards celebrates the poetry pamphlet as a format which supports poets published in the UK to develop and to continue creating. Established in 2009, the annual awards include prizes for Poetry Pamphlet, Publisher, Illustration and Environmental Poet of the Year.


2021 Winners


The 2021 Awards were held on Tuesday 7th December 2021, in an online-only event, which you can still watch online

You can find information here about the 2021 Awards Shortlists and judges

We were delighted to announce the winners as follows:

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Poetry Award

Gboyega OdubanjoAunty Uncle Poems  (Smith | Doorstop)
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Publisher Award

Ignitionpress (Ignitionpress’s website)
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Illustration Award

Katy Alston for Fan-peckled (by Jean Atkin) Fair Acre Press
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Greek Bicentennial Prizes

Ariadne: Poetry by Fiona Benson, Illustrations by Judith Eyal


Previous winners


Poetry Award

2021: Gboyega Odubanjo, Aunty Uncle Poems (Smith|Doorstop)
2020: Paul Muldoon, Binge (The Lifeboat)
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’s Award

2021: Ignitionpress
2020: Broken sleep Books
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

2021: Katy Alston, Fan-peckled (Jean Atkin) Fairacre Press
2020: Jamie McKendrick, The Years (Jamie McKendrick) Arc Publications
2018: 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

2020: Rhys Iorwerth, Carthen Denau (Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp)
2019: Morgan Owen, moroedd/dŵr (Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp)



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