Announcing the Winners of the 2024 New Poets Prize

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2024 New Poets Prize. Thank you to all entrants for letting us see your work, and congratulations to the two winners and two runners-up chosen by Holly Hopkins:


Jayant Kashyap
for his pamphlet Notes on Burials

Cia Mangat
for her pamphlet Lobe


Zelda Cahill-Patten
for her pamphlet Surgeon Songs

Charlie Jolley
for her pamphlet The Dreamers

These four poets will receive editorial and mentoring support from The Poetry Business, as well as publication in The North and a launch reading. The two winning pamphlets will be published in 2025 under the New Poets List – an imprint of The Poetry Business. The Poetry Business is extremely grateful to Arvon and to Arts Council England for their support.

The 2025 New Poets Prize will open for entries in Autumn 2024.

The Winners

Jayant Kashyap

for Notes on Burials

Jayant Kashyap’s Notes on Burials asks the reader to consider different types of burials and retrievals, including personal and etymological burials, in cool, reflective poems. – Holly Hopkins

Jayant Kashyap has published two previous pamphlets, Unaccomplished Cities (Ghost City Press, 2020) and Survival (Clare Songbirds, 2019), and a zine, Water (Skear Zines, 2021). He won the Young Poets International Competition (judged by Phoebe Stuckes) at the Wells Festival of Literature in 2021, and his poem ‘A Positively Violent Poem in Five Parts’ was a winner of the Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis challenge on Young Poets Network the same year and was later presented at COP26, the United Nations Climate Conference 2021. In 2021, he was also shortlisted for the New Poets Prize, and again in 2022. In 2022, one of his poems was nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology, and another in 2023. His work has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and appears in POETRY, Magma, Arc, Acumen and Poetry Wales.

Cia Mangat

for Lobe

Cia Mangat’s Lobe invites the reader into the lives of the speaker and their mother through carefully observed, thoughtful poems that resonate and shine.  – Holly Hopkins

Cia Mangat is a poet from London. She founded and edited Zindabad, a zine for people in diasporas worldwide. Cia is an alumnus of Barbican Young Poets, Roundhouse Poetry Collective and the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in gal-dempropel, and bath maggEverything is going to be all right (2021, Orion); and Cerys Matthews’ album We Come From The Sun (Decca Records). Cia has read her poems at the Southbank Centre and on BBC radio, and facilitates writing and zine-making workshops. 

The Runners-Up

Zelda Cahill-Patten

for Surgeon Songs

Zelda Cahill-Patten’s Surgeon Songs show verve and playfulness even as the speaker is confronted with illness and loss, creating a sense of courage and generosity to the reader. – Holly Hopkins

Zelda Cahill-Patten lives and works in London. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Magma, Sheila-Na-Gig and Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been awarded the Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize (University of Oxford, for poetry in strict rhyming metre) and the Gertrude Hartley Poetry Prize (Balliol College). She studied English Literature at university, and wrote her undergraduate thesis on the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Charlie Jolley

for The Dreamers

Charlie Jolley’s The Dreamers demonstrates a talent for dramatic monologues which directs the reader to consider different moments in history and how they relate politically and emotionally. – Holly Hopkins

Charlie Jolley is a young poet and fiction writer. She is a top 15 winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award (2023). In 2023 she was also the winner of the Waltham Forest Young Poets Prize, the Hexham Young People’s Poetry Competition, and the Poem:99 Poetry Competition, as well as placing second in the East Riding Festival of Words, and the Charles Causley Young Poets Prize. She has been published by The Poetry Society, Zoetic Press, and in Hive anthologies Dear Life and After Hours. She is an alumnus of Sheffield Young Writers and a member of Hive Poetry Collective. 

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 was launched in 2015 and runs annually alongside the renowned Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition, which has now been established for 38 years. Previous judges of the New Poets Prize include Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Kayo Chingonyi, Mary Jean Chan, Luke Kennard and Kim Moore. Winners of the New Poets Prize have gone on to publish full-length collections with notable publishers, including Carcanet and Bloodaxe Books, have been appointed as workshop facilitators, editors-in-residence, and competition judges (such as the Forward Prizes), have launched and performed their pamphlets on national radio and at prestigious venues, and have been widely reviewed.

The Judge

Holly Hopkins is a poet and assistant editor at The Poetry Business. Holly’s first collection The English Summer (Penned in the Margins) ‘takes on the stories England tells about itself’. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Seamus Heaney Prize and won a Laurel Prize. It was awarded the Poetry Book Society’s Special Commendation and was named one of The Guardian‘s ‘Best Poetry Books of 2022’. Work-in-progress, which will form Holly’s second collection, was awarded the Northern Writers Award for Poetry in 2023.

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