UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, and the Poetry School, have announced the longlist for the inaugural ecopoetry prize, The Laurel Prize – including Poetry Society Members Linda France, Matt Howard and Pascale Petit. The longlist for published collections of poetry was judged by Simon Armitage, Moniza Alvi and Robert Macfarlane.
The prize awards will be £5,000 (1st prize), £2,000 (2nd prize) and £1,000 (3rd prize). In addition, this year’s partner the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are funding a commission for the 3 winners to write a poem inspired by the AONB closest to their heart.
The prize is funded by Simon Armitage out of his £5,000 honorarium, which he receives annually from the Queen, and run by the Poetry School. It is awarded annually for the best published collection of environmental or nature poetry.
31 July 2020