The 2022 New Poets Prize

For writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive).

Judge: Anthony Anaxagorou Entry: £8 Deadline: Midnight on Tuesday 1st March 2022


The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 2022 New Poets Prize judged by Anthony Anaxagorou is now open for entries.

Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business: a publisher and writer development agency with a strong reputation for discovering, developing and publishing outstanding new poets.

All four New Poets Prize winners will have their winning collection published under The New Poets List, our imprint dedicated to discovering, mentoring, and publishing young and emerging poets. Please note that the published winning collections will be extended versions of the winning manuscripts (approximately 20–24 pages of poems).

Other prizes include publication in The North magazine and a prize winners’ reading. Two of the four winners will receive a place on an Arvon residential of their choice in 2022/23.

Entry costs £8. A number of free entries are available for writers who are unable to afford the entry fee. See below for details.


About the New Poets Prize

The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 36 years.


The Judge

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 TS Eliot Prize. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year.

He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton.

Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.


How to Enter

Click the button below to submit your entry to the 2022 New Poets Prize online. Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 1st March 2022.

Read the NPP conditions of entry.

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Entry Fee Waiver Applications

We are keen to encourage poetry from all backgrounds and know that entry fees may be a barrier to participation. Therefore, we now allocate a number of free entries to the International Book & Pamphlet Competition and the New Poets Prize.

These entries will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To apply please complete the New Poets Prize entry fee waiver application form by clicking the button below. The form must be completed by midnight on Friday 31st December 2021. We will contact all successful bursary applicants by Friday 14th January 2022. Those who have their entry fee waived will then have until the competition deadline to submit their manuscript.


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The Winners of the 2021 New Poets Prize

Hannah Hodgson

for her collection, Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts lives in a world where the body is ‘a car aflame / on a hard shoulder’, where the bowel is an ‘octopus … patiently swimming in the dark’ and a stoma bag is ‘an icing bag of shit piped down the toilet’. These poems are scorching in their anger at the way society treats chronic illness and disability, unfailingly precise in their use of metaphor and wildly imaginative in their deployment of surrealism. Every poem in here is a gift which invites the reader to look at the world differently.Kim Moore

Hannah Hodgson is a poet living with life limiting illness. Her work has been published by BBC Arts, The Poetry Society and Magma, amongst other outlets. She is a recipient of a 2020 Northern Writers Award for Poetry. Her first poetry pamphlet, Dear Body, was published by Wayleave Press in 2018; and her second, centred around life with serious illness was published by Verve Poetry Press in Feb 2021. Her first full length poetry collection, 163 Days, is due to be published by Seren in early 2022. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @HodgsonWrites and her website is www.hannahhodgson.com.


Safia Khan

for her collection, Too Much Mirch

The poems in this pamphlet constantly surprised me with their inventiveness with imagery and the way the writer challenges assumptions and stereotypes and turns them inside out. There are stunning poems here about family, racism, misogyny and the interplay between them. A particular strength of this writer is their colourful and lively way of writing about people in all their complexity. My favourite of these is Julie, a hairdresser who is off to a Brexit rally. This poem manages to be both funny and alarming as the poet concludes, ‘This is Julie’s world, we’re all just living in it’. – Kim Moore

Safia Khan is a member of Hive Young Poets and an alumnus of Doncaster Young Writers. She has been published in places like The North, bath magg, Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets and several Hive anthologies including Surfing the Twilight and Halfway Smile. She is a medical student with an academic interest in neuroscience and social determinants of health.


Charlotte Knight

for her collection, Ways of Healing

Charlotte Knight’s work will break your heart and slowly put it together again. These are poems that take real risks in their navigation of the difficult landscape of abortion and painful relationships, deploying beautiful lyric phrasing and a playful use of form to create a world where darkness and light, possibility and endings can co-exist together. These are tender, vulnerable poems that explore not only the ways harm is caused but also how we can heal from it. – Kim Moore

Charlotte Knight is a British-Ukrainian poet, studying a Masters at Goldsmiths College. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition (2019), shortlisted for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry, and longlisted for the Women Poets’ Prize (2020). Her work is concerned with the environment, folklore and infertility, and has previously been featured in Magma, SPAM, and Perverse, amongst others.


Karl Knights

for his collection, Kin

This pamphlet took my breath away from the very first poem and haunted me for a long time afterwards. In these beautifully crafted, pared back poems, the poet explores what it means to be disabled in a world that can be both unthinkingly cruel and deliberately malevolent. I really loved the way the writer manages to deploy a wry humour and anger throughout this pamphlet, sometimes in the same poem, sometimes in the same line, or even in the same breath. Not a word is wasted here – it felt as if this is poetry that needed to be written and a pamphlet that deserves to be read and admired widely. – Kim Moore

Karl Knights is a freelance journalist. His poetry and prose has appeared in the Guardian, The Dark Horse and elsewhere. He is a fellow of Zoeglossia, the first writing fellowship solely for disabled writers. He tweets @inadarkwood and lives in Suffolk. Kin is his debut pamphlet.