Ben Ray and Callan Waldron-Hall among winners of Poetry Business New Poets Prize

Mary Jean Chan has chosen four winners for the 2018/19 Poetry Business New Poets Prize, including Poetry Society Members Ben Ray and Callan Waldron-Hall. Congratulations to both of them and the two other winners, Abbie Neale and Jay G Ying.

“It was a delight to be invited to judge this year’s Poetry Business New Poets Prize. The shortlisted collections stood out to me on first reading for their sophisticated work and depth of feeling; however, pinning down the final list of four proved to be a difficult and agonising process. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work.” – Mary Jean Chan

The winning poets and collections are

  • Abbie Neale for her collection Threadbare
  • Ben Ray For his collection The Kindness of the Eel
  • Callan Waldron-Hall For his collection Learning to be Very Soft
  • Jay G Ying for his collection Scheherazade

The four winners will receive a year’s support, including mentoring, workshops and readings; and their collections will be edited for publication in 2020 as part of The New Poets List, an imprint of The Poetry Business.

Poems by all four winners of the 2018/19 New Poets Prize will feature in the forthcoming issue of The North magazine, issue 62, which is out this August. A New Poets Prize winners reading will he held at The Anthony Burgess Foundation in Grasmere in Spring 2020, and the four winning pamphlets will be published in June 2020. The 2019/20 New Poets Prize will open for entries on 1 October 2019.

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12 June 2019