We seek fresh, lively, engaging responses to the poems on this year’s Forward Prizes shortlist. There are separate categories for ages 14-16 (GCSE), ages 16-19 (A Level, IB, PreU) and for teachers. Read ten of the Forward shortlisted poems on the EMC website and choose one that appeals. We welcome two kinds of entries: either a critical appreciation or a creative/critical response. The judges are the poet Sarah Howe and the critic Sarah Crown. Each winning student receives £100 and an invitation to the Forward Prizes ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 21 September. 2017 submissions closed.