The winners of this year’s Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets…
£5000 Poetry Award Winner: Richard Scott ‘Wound’ The Rialto
From the judges: The standard of the entries for this year’s Michael Marks Awards was extremely high. Selecting a shortlist was a challenge and each of the titles of the shortlist offered us something different. Richard Scott’s ‘Wound’ is the pamphlet that would not let us go. It takes an unflinching look at the knotty roots of sexual desire from a strikingly original perspective. Artistry and honesty reinforce one another. These poem reveal a powerful new voice, unpredictable in its angles of attack, and ruthless in its pursuit of difficult questions about identity and desire.
£5000 Publishers’ Award Winner: The Emma Press
From the judges: Each of this year’s shortlisted publishers gave us a strong list of titles. The Emma Press has grown steadily in the few years since they were first shortlisted. As well as having a remarkable list of poets they pay close attention to every aspect of the pamphlets they publish. This is a vibrant, thoughtful press bringing a great energy and sense of endeavour to their work.
Debbie Cox, Paul Batchelor, Adam O’Riordan
Poetry Award Judges
£1000 Illustration Award Winner: Mairead Dunne for The Clearing by Luke Thomson Atlantic Press
Selected by Nicholas Penny
Illustration Award Judge
14 December 2016