Shortlists revealed for Forward Prizes

<p>The shortlists for the 18th annual Forward Prizes for Poetry have been revealed, with previous winner of Best Collection, Peter Porter, and previous Best First Collection winner Don Paterson, both shortlisted for a second time.<br /><br />The Forward Prizes are one of the UK&rsquo;s most valuable annual prizes for poetry, with a total prize value of &pound;16,000. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 7th October, the eve of National Poetry Day, at a ceremony in Somerset House, London.</p><p><br /><strong>The shortlists:</strong></p><p> <strong>&#8232;The Forward Prize for Best Collection </strong>&#8232;(worth &pound;10,000)</p><p><em>Hide Now</em> by Glyn Maxwell (Picador)&#8232;&nbsp;&#8232;</p><p><em>One Secret Thing</em> Sharon Olds (Jonathan Cape)</p><p><em>Rain </em>Don Paterson (Faber)<em> </em></p><p><em>Better Than God </em>Peter Porter (Picador)</p><p><em>A Scattering</em> Christopher Reid (Aret&eacute; Books&#8232;)</p><p><em>West End Final</em> Hugo Williams (Faber)</p><p><strong>The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection&#8232;</strong> (worth &pound;5,000)</p><p><em>The Missing</em> Sian Hughes (Salt&#8232;)</p><p> <em>&#8232;The Striped World</em> Emma Jones (Faber)</p><p><em>Moonrise </em>&#8232;Meirion Jordan (Seren)</p><p> <em>Furniture </em>Lorraine Mariner (Picador)</p><p><em>Natural Mechanical</em> &#8232;J O Morgan (CB Editions&#8232;)</p><p> <em>Halflife</em> Meghan O&#39;Rourke (WW Norton)</p><p><strong>The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in memory of Michael Donaghy</strong>&#8232; (worth &pound;1,000)</p><p> <em>Moles </em>Paul Farley (Poetry Review)</p><p> <em>Visiting Stanley Kunitz </em>Michael Longley (Irish Pages)</p><p><em>At Roane Road</em> Robin Robertson (London Review of Books&#8232;&#8232;)</p><p><em>Finistere</em> Elizabeth Speller (Bridport Prize&#8232;)</p><p><em>Song</em> &#8232;George Szirtes (The Liberal&#8232;)</p><p> <em>&#8232;Either / Or </em>C K Williams&nbsp; (Poetry Review)</p><p>&nbsp;</p>