The 30th Forward Prizes shortlist was announced today (8 June 2021), with one category, Best Single Poem, featuring a poem from Poetry Ireland Review 132.
Denise Riley's poem '1948' was published in the journal in December last year. It's shortlisted in the Forward Prizes shortlist alongside 'Androgeus' by Fiona Benson, 'Middle Name with Diacritics' by Natalie Linh Bolderston, 'Flower of Sulphur' by John McCullough and ‘Pages 22-29, An excerpt from The Ferguson Report: An Erasure’ by Nicole Sealey.
Forward Prizes for Poetry are influential awards for new poetry in the UK and Ireland, honouring fresh voices alongside internationally established names.
There are three prizes: The Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000), The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000) and The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000). They are accompanied by the Forward Book of Poetry, an annual anthology which brings together the best new work published in the UK and Ireland.
The winners will be announced in the autumn.
To find out more about Denise Riley's poem and to read it along with all the other shortlisted poems, visit the Forward Prizes website.