The Women Poets’ Prize 2020 Opens for Submissions

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT] “Today we launch the Women Poets’ Prize 2020. The Women Poets’ Prize is open to all UK-based women poets, and we would really love to invite you all to submit your writing for consideration by our 2020 judges Liz Berry, Malika Booker, and Pascale Petit. You could be in with the chance to win £1,000 in cash, and …

Women Poets’ Prize 2020 Judges Announced

The Women Poets’ Prize 2020 will open for applications on July 2nd. In 2018, the inaugural year of the prize, we received 573 applications, and we’re looking forward to hearing from even more women poets this time around. We will be making various announcements in the lead-up to the open application period, the first of which is to announce our …

Forward Prize Shortlisting for Women Poets’ Prize Winner

It has been a brilliant year for all three of the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize winners, but in particular for rising star of the literary scene Nina Mingya Powles. Not only has Nina set up a micro-press, Bitter Melon, in part inspired by her Women Poets’ Press book-binding course at City Lit, but she has also won one major literary …

Our Women Poets: The Story So Far

A brief look at what our first three WomenPoetsPrize winners have been up to… Just over a year ago, the winners of the Rebecca Swift Foundation’s inaugural Women Poets’ Prize were announced. In the time since then, the three winning poets, Anita Pati, Nina Mingya Powles, and Claire Collison, have been busy blazing exciting trails as poets and artists, both …

Celebrating One Year of the Rebecca Swift Foundation

On the afternoon of Saturday 18th May, friends, family and supporters of the Rebecca Swift Foundation gathered together to mark the first anniversary of its work. Arriving at the Free Word Centre – home to The Literary Consultancy of which Becky Swift was founder – attendees were treated to tea and cake before sitting down to readings and speeches. A …

Women Poets Prize 2018: Shortlist

The Rebecca Swift Foundation is deeply excited to share the shortlist for the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize. In its first year, the Foundation received an unexpectedly high number of applications – 573, to be precise – with poems of an incredible standard. Our Judges, Sarah Howe, Moniza Alvi, and Fiona Sampson, selected nine poets from a longlist of forty poets chosen …

Over 500 Submissions Received for Inaugural Women Poets’ Prize

The Rebecca Swift Foundation is delighted to announce that it has received 572 submissions for its inaugural Women Poets’ Prize, from female poets based in the UK and Northern Ireland. The Board of Trustees would like to extend its thanks to those spreading the word, submitting work, and to our Project Manager Victoria Adukwei Bulley for co-ordinating the applications process. …

Women Poets’ Prize Launch at Second Home Festival

The Rebecca Swift Foundation launched the Women Poets’ Prize at the Second Home Festival of Poetry on June 9th. The event featured readings by acclaimed poets Mona Arshi, Rachel Long, and Martha Sprackland, a panel discussion, and a special guest reading by Moniza Alvi. About the Women Poets’ Prize Launching a year on from Rebecca’s passing, 2018 marks the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize – …