Forward Emagazine Student Critics Competition

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Closed for 2021, re-opening summer 2022. The Forward/emagazine Creative Critics is an annual competition that invites 16-19 year-olds to write a poem in response to work shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry.

Sample poems from each book shortlisted for a Forward Prize are provided. Young poets are invited to read and think about these poems before choosing one and writing a creative response to it in the form of a poem, along with a short reflective commentary.

The competition is run in partnership with the English Media Centre.


Winner: £200 // Two runners-up: £50

The winning entry will be published in the February 2022 issue of emagazine

Closing date: Thursday 30 September, 5pm