THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE 2020 IS NOW CLOSED. THE SHORTLIST WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2021.
The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest
prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone,
as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts
thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries
This year we are changing the format slightly, so that a further eight poets
will receive monetary awards.
The prize is judged anonymously by a single
poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the
selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Claudia Rankine, Marie
Howe, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.
Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul
McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward
Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the
Forward Prize for Best First Collection).
The winner of The Moth Poetry Prize 2019 was the Australian poet Damen O’Brien.
You can read more about Damen and his poem ‘The Nave’ in the