The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2021
The Wordsworth Trust and The British Library, with the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, present The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets, in partnership with The TLS and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), in Washington DC and in Nafplio, Greece. The Awards are also in association with National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales.
The Awards aim to raise the profile of poetry pamphlets, recognising the enormous contribution they make to the world of poetry.
There will be three Awards in 2021:
The Michael Marks Poetry Award recognises an outstanding poetry pamphlet published in the UK between March 1st 2020 and the closing date of September 17th 2021. 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. They will also be given the opportunity to be Poet in Residence with the Harvard Alumni Association/Center for Hellenic Studies ‘Spring Break to Greece’. The residency will take place in spring/summer 2022, exact date to be confirmed.
The Michael Marks Publishers’ Award recognises an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, based on their publishing programme March 1st 2020 and the closing date of September 17th 2021. 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 March 1st 2020 and the closing date of September 17th 2021. 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 £1,000.
Closing date for submissions: 4.00pm Friday September 17th 2021.
The closing date is strict and no entries received after this date will be considered.
The Awards will be celebrated at a special dinner featuring the shortlisted poets and publishers, at the British Library on Tuesday 7th December 2021. A virtual event will be accessible in the case of the actual event being infeasible.
The winners of the Michael Marks Greek Bicentennial Poetry Pamphlet Prizes will also be celebrated at this event.
“These inspired awards recognise that the pamphlet has a fundamental importance in literary culture far exceeding anything suggested by the dictionary – “a brief publication, generally having a paper cover”. For many of the best poets now writing it was not only their first means of distribution but the first ratification of their gift.”