British Library launches poetry prize

The British Library has launched two awards for UK poets and publishers, to highlight the importace of the pamphlet form in introducing readers to new poetry.

The Michael Marks Awards has been set up in conjunction with the Poetry Book Society and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

Two £5,000 prizes will be given to the winners of the Poetry Award for an outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form during 2008 and the Publishers' Award, for an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, based on their 2008 programme.

Poet and performer Ian McMillan will chair the judging panel. Other judges include poet and author Jackie Kay and Richard Price, poet and head of modern ritish collections at the British Library.

Price said: “The pamphlet is often the place where the poet can make the ullest impact on the reader, whether it’s a well-judged showcase of a new poet’s range or the powerful concentrate of a themed sequence."

The closing date for submissions is 20th March and the winners will be nnounced at an event to be held at the British Library on 24th June.