The Women Poets’ Prize

Rebecca Swift Foundation

Closed for 2020, re-opening 2022. If you’re female-identifying, aged 18+ and live in the UK, apply for free, for the chance to win a year’s mentoring, development opportunities, support, and £1,000.

The Women Poets’ Prize was launched by the Rebecca Swift Foundation in 2018, a year on from Rebecca Swift’s passing. This unique award seeks to honour Rebecca’s two key passions: poetry and the empowerment of women.

The Prize is awarded once every two years to three women poets. Each winner is carefully matched with a poetry mentor and offered pastoral coaching, facilitating a holistic body of support that nurtures craft and personal wellbeing in equal measure. The Prize also offers a programme of support and creative professional development opportunities with the Foundation’s partners: Faber and Faber, The Literary Consultancy, RADA, City Lit, Verve Festival, Bath Spa University, and The Poetry School. In addition to these opportunities which constitute the Women Poets’ Prize professional grant, each successful poet receives a cash bursary of £1,000. The Women Poets’ Prize is free to enter.