2009 Awards Archive

The British Library and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, in partnership with the Poetry Book Society presented the first Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets at the British Library Conference Centre on Wednesday 24 June 2009.

Poetry in pamphlet form is thriving: beautiful, thought-provoking booklets by innovators in the field. The evening began with the short-listed poets reading from their work.

Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, Chairman of the judges, presented the two Awards of £5,000 each.

The Michael Marks Poetry Award is given in recognition of an outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form in the UK during 2008.
Winner: Elizabeth Burns

The Michael Marks Publishers' Award recognises the contribution of an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, based on their publishing programme in 2008.
Winner: Oystercatcher Press

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Shortlist

Judges Ian McMillan (Chair), Jackie Kay and Richard Price have selected the shortlist for this first year of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets.

Thanks to the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, these awards will raise the profile of poetry pamphlets and also recognise and reward the enormous contribution that poets and their pamphlet publishers make to the poetry world in the United Kingdom.

There are two awards worth £5,000 each.

The Michael Marks Poetry Award recognises a single outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form in the UK during 2008.

The six short-listed pamphlets chosen from 124 entries were:

The Shortest Days by Elizabeth Burns Winner (Galdragon Press)
Bone Song
by Polly Atkin (Aussteiger Publications)
That Water Speaks in Tongues by Siobhán Campbell (Templar Poetry)
Milk by Sarah Jackson (Pighog)
Whichever music by Kate Potts (tall-lighthouse)
quot by seekers of lice (self-published)

The Michael Marks Publishers' Award recognises an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form. The winning publisher received a cheque for £5,000.

The four short-listed publishers, chosen from eight entries were:

Oystercatcher Press Winner

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For enquiries about the Awards please contact the Poetry Book Society at pamphlets@poetrybooks.co.uk or call +44 (0)20 7833 9247.