Mary Jean Chan shortlisted for Forward Prize’s Best Single Poem 2019

2019 Forward Prize Shortlist announcement

We’re delighted to announce the 15 poets shortlisted for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019.

The 28th annual Forward Prizes will be awarded on 20th October 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. Read the press release here.

See the nation’s most coveted poetry prizes awarded live on stage by the chair of the jury Shahidha Bari and hear readings from the 15 poets shortlisted.


The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000)

‘Bridge’ by Jonathan Edwards (The Frogmore Papers)

‘Comic Timing’ by Holly Pester (Granta Magazine)

‘Forty Names’ by Parwana Fayyaz (PN Review)

‘Highbury Park’ by Liz Berry (Wild Court)

‘The Window’ by Mary Jean Chan (The National Poetry Competition by the Poetry Society)


Click here to find out more.