All-female shortlist for Moth Poetry Prize

Moth Poetry Prize 2017Left to right: Natalya Anderson, Audrey Molloy, Cheryl Moskowitz and Teresa Ott

There is an all-female shortlist for this year’s Moth Poetry Prize, one of the most sought after in the world for a single unpublished poem, with €10,000 awarded to the overall winner and three runner-up prizes of €1,000 by the publishers of The Moth, an international art and literature magazine based in Ireland.

The shortlist includes Poetry Society Members Cheryl Moskowitz – for her poem ‘Shirtless’ – and Natalya Anderson – for ‘A Gun in the House’, plus ‘Fortune Reshuffled, Reshuffled’ by Audrey Molloy, and ‘In what way are forests black or white. We saw them blue. With forget me nots.’ by Teresa Ott. They all feature in the current issue of The Moth.

Poetry Society Member Alesha Racine is one of six poets Commended by this year’s judge, Daljit Nagra. Daljit is the first person to win the Forward Prize for both his debut collection and its title poem. Nagra recently published his third collection of poetry, British Museum, with Faber, and teaches poetry at Brunel University London.

“This was a hugely entertaining prize to judge,” said Nagra, “because there were so many deeply serious poems, both in terms of poetic craft, but also in terms of global politics. My winners include poems about gender identity, corrupt authority and the treatment of women – but also the role of poetry in shaping the imagination, and the joy of writing poetry.”

The winner will be announced on 26 April.

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7 March 2018