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The Poetry Society launches the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

The Poetry Society launches the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

“I’m delighted to be announcing the fifth Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. In a short space of time the award has established

itself as one of the major national prizes for poetry, recognised for the breadth of its connection with other forms of artistic expression.

It’s an award that helps to promote both new and established poets, and it provides a platform for emerging artists, like last year’s winner,

the wonderful Kate Tempest, allowing a whole new audience to appreciate their work.”Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate and founder of the

Ted Hughes Award.



Established in 2009, the Ted Hughes Award highlights the ways in which poets engage with other art forms. In order to reflect the collaborative

nature of the award, the judging panel comprises artists from a range of backgrounds: this year, poets Sean Borodale and Denise Riley 

team up with artist Eileen Cooper RA.

The award seeks to reward poetry in books and beyond – on the stage, on the radio, on film and TV, in art galleries and around us in the built

environment. Previous winners of the £5,000 prize include Kate Tempest in 2012 for Brand New Ancients, a spoken word story told over a live

orchestral score, Lavinia Greenlaw in 2011 for Audio Obscura, a sound work; the playwright Kaite O’Reilly for her 2010 verse translation of

The Persians; and, in 2009, Alice Oswald for her illustrated collection Weeds and Wildflowers.


Kate Tempest said of winning the 2012 award: “I was overwhelmed. It was amazing to be in that room with those judges and have them say to

me ‘we loved your work’. When you’re a performer or on stage people are looking at you, judging you but they’re not necessarily looking at the

work [...] what felt really special about the Ted Hughes Award is that it was about the work.”


In order to consider the full sweep of new poetry, the Ted Hughes Award invites members of the Poetry Society, and / or Poetry Book Society,

to recommend a living UK poet, working in any form, who they feel has made an outstanding contribution to poetry in 2013. Recommendations

are shortlisted by the judges in February 2014 and the winner is announced in March.


Recommendation forms are available to members of Poetry Society and Poetry Book Society and can be found by clicking here.

Completed forms should be sent to Helen Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


A range of work is showcased on a dedicated ‘New Work’ page of the Poetry Society website, which aims to demonstrate the

scope of work recognised by the award, and suggestions for additional projects are welcome.