Eric Gregory Awards

Joanne Harris (left) and Lemn Sissay (right) with 2022 Eric Gregory Awards winners Joe Carrick-Varty, Rhiya Pau, Jack Cooper, Daniella Fearon, Courtney Conrad, Maisie Newman and Stephanie Sy-Quia at Southwark Cathedral (photograph © Adrian Pope)
Joanne Harris (left) and Lemn Sissay (right) with 2022 Eric Gregory Awards winners Joe Carrick-Varty, Rhiya Pau, Jack Cooper, Daniella Fearon, Courtney Conrad, Maisie Newman and Stephanie Sy-Quia at Southwark Cathedral (photograph © Adrian Pope)
For a collection by poets under the age of 30

The Eric Gregory Awards, for a collection by poets under the age of 30, were founded in 1960 by the late Dr Eric Gregory for the encouragement of young poets.

The 2023 Awards are now open until
31 October 2022



  • Deadline for entries: 31 October 2022
  • Applicants must be under the age of 30 on the 31 October 2022
  • Applications must be a British National, or resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the Commonwealth for three years prior to the date of submission for the award
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Submissions may be a published or unpublished volume of poetry, drama-poems or belles-lettres
  • Submissions must be no more than 30 poems
  • Submissions must not have been previously submitted for the Eric Gregory Awards.

For any queries relating to the prize please contact prizes@societyofauthors.org


2022 Eric Gregory Awards winners

The 2022 prize fund was shared between seven young poets:

  • Joe Carrick-Varty for Sky Doc
  • Courtney Conrad for Revelations
  • Jack Cooper for Break the Nose of Every Beautiful Thing
  • Daniella Fearon for Beyond the Monochrome Lens
  • Maisie Newman for Our Names Were Oil
  • Rhiya Pau for Routes
  • Stephanie Sy-Quia for Amnion

With thanks, The Eric Gregory Award Judges:

Raymond Antrobus

MBE FRSL was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the author of Shapes & Disfigurements (Burning Eye, 2012) To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press, 2017), The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins / Tin House, 2018) and All The Names Given (Picador / Tin House, 2021). In 2019 he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre. Other accolades include the Ted Hughes Award, PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times Young Writer of the year Award, Somerset Maugham Award and The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018, as well as a shortlist for The Griffin Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. In 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, (Judged by Ocean Vuong), for his poem Sound Machine. Also in 2019 and 2021 his poems (Jamaican British, The Perseverance and Happy Birthday Moon) was added to the UK’s GCSE syllabus.

(c) Suki Dhanda

Wayne Holloway-Smith

Wayne Holloway-Smith is an award winning poet from London. He won the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2017 and the National Poetry Competition in 2018. He has published two books of poetry and three pamphlets. His debut collection, ALARUM (Bloodaxe Books 2017), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize for Best Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Best First Collection. LOVE MINUS LOVE (Bloodaxe Books 2020), a book-length poem, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has appeared on Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber and Blast, Radio 3’s The Verb, Radio 6’s Cillian Murphy Show, and is a regular contributor to BBC London’s The Robert Elm’s Show. He lectures at the University of Hertfordshire.

(c) Mark Sherratt

Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is a Lecturer in Poetry at King’s College London.

Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis was Wales’s National Poet from 2005-06. She wrote the bilingual words for the front of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. She’s an award-winning poet. Her most recent collection is Sparrow Tree (Bloodaxe Books). She has published seventeen books of poetry, non-fiction and, with Rowan Williams, a translation of The Book of Taliesin (Penguin Classics). Gwyneth was awarded a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors in 2010. She’s a freelance writer and teacher and has held a number of fellowships in the US, where she’s taught at Princeton University and is a faculty member of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont where, in 2016 she was the Robert Frost Chair of Literature. 

(c) Edward Brown

Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide.  He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019, RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 and RSL Fellow.  He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the Black-British writing canon.  His latest collection ‘A Portable Paradise’ was a New Statesman book of the year. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, commended by the Forward Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2020.   He has received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, BBC, The National Portrait Gallery, V&A, INIVA, MK Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was associate artist.  His workshops have been part of a shortlist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and were also a part of the Webby Award winning Barbican’s Can I Have A Word. He is co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records. 

Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author who prior to the pandemic completed a world tour with her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines. She is widely anthologised, the author of 4 collections of poetry and is currently completing her debut collection of inter-connecting short stories The Night Alphabet. Her new poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was published in June 2021 and is the subject of the Radio 4 arts documentary Butch. 

http://joelletaylor.co.uk/ 

(c) Roman Manfredi

2022

  • Joe Carrick-Varty for Sky Doc
  • Courtney Conrad for Revelations
  • Jack Cooper for Break the Nose of Every Beautiful Thing
  • Daniella Fearon for Beyond the Monochrome Lens
  • Maisie Newman for Our Names Were Oil
  • Rhiya Pau for Routes
  • Stephanie Sy-Quia for Amnion

2021

  • Phoebe Walker
  • Michael Askew
  • Goboyega Odubanjo
  • Kandace Siobahn Walker
  • Cynthia Miller
  • Milena Williamson
  • Dominic Hand

2020

  • Amina Jama
  • Kadish Morris
  • Natalie Linh Bolderston
  • Roseanne Watt
  • Susanah Dickey

2019

  • Mary Jean Chan
  • Sophie Collins
  • Seán Hewitt
  • Dominic Leonard
  • James Conor Patterson
  • Phoebe Stuckes

2018

  • Zohar Atkins
  • Victoria Adukwei Bulley
  • Jenna Clake
  • Joseph Eastell
  • Annie Katchinska
  • Ali Lewis/ Stephen Sexton

2017

  • Rachael Allen
  • Isabel Galleymore
  • Daisy Lafarge
  • Richard O’Brien
  • Richard Osmond
  • Mark Pajak

2016

  • Sam Buchan-Watts
  • Dom Bury
  • Jen Campbell
  • Alex MacDonald
  • Andrew McMillan

2015

  • Rowan Evans
  • Miriam Nash
  • Padraig Regan
  • Stewart Sanderson
  • Andrew Wynn Owen

2014

  • Sophie Collins
  • Emily Hasler (Lorrie Scott)
  • Martha Sprackland
  • Chloe Stopa-Hunt
  • David Tait

2013

  • John Clegg
  • Kate Gething-Smith
  • Matt Haw
  • Oli Hazzard

2012

  • Sophie Baker
  • Joey Connolly
  • Holly Corfield Carr
  • Caleb Klaces
  • Rachael Madeleine Nicholas
  • Phoebe Power
  • Jon Stone

2011

  • Niall Campbell
  • Tom Chivers
  • Holly Hopkins
  • Martin Jackson
  • Kim Moore

2010

  • Phil Brown
  • Matthew Gregory
  • Sarah Howe
  • Abigail Parry
  • Ahren Warner

2009

  • Liz Berry
  • James Brookes
  • Swithun Cooper
  • Alex McRae
  • Sam Riviere

2008

  • Emily Berry
  • Rhiannon Hooson
  • James Midgley
  • Adam O’Riordan
  • Heather Phillipson

2007

  • Rachel Curzon
  • Miriam Gamble
  • Michael McKimm
  • Helen Mort
  • Jack Underwood

2006

  • Fiona Benson
  • Retta Bowen
  • Frances Leviston
  • Jonathan Morley
  • Eoghan Walls

2005

  • Melanie Challenger
  • Carolyn Jess
  • Luke Kennard
  • Toby Martinez De Las Rivas

2004

  • Nick Laird
  • Elizabeth Manuel
  • Abi Curtis
  • Sophie Mayer
  • Saradha Soobrayen

2003

  • Jen Hadfield
  • Zoe Brigley
  • Paul Batchelor
  • Olivia Cole
  • Sasha Dugdale
  • Anna Woodford

2002

  • Caroline Bird
  • Christopher James
  • Jacob Polley
  • Luke Heeley
  • Judith Lal
  • David Leonard Briggs
  • Eleanor Rees
  • Kathryn Simmonds

2001

  • Leontia Flynn
  • Thomas Warner
  • Tishani Doshi
  • Patrick Mackie
  • Kathryn Gray
  • Sally Read

2000

  • Eleanor Margolies
  • Antony Rowland
  • Antony Dunn
  • Karen Goodwin
  • Clare Pollard

1999

  • Ross Cogan
  • Matthew Hollis
  • Helen Ivory
  • Andrew Pidoux
  • Owen Sheers
  • Dan Wyke

1998

  • Mark Goodwin
  • Joanne Limburg
  • Patrick McGuinness
  • Kona Macphee
  • Esther Morgan
  • Christiania Whitehead
  • Frances Williams

1997

  • Matthew Clegg
  • Sarah Corbett
  • Polly Clark
  • Tim Kendal
  • Graham Nelson
  • Matthew Welton

1996

  • Sue Butler
  • Cathy Cullis
  • Jane Griffiths
  • Jane Holland
  • Chris Jones
  • Sinead Morrissey
  • Kate Thomas

1995

  • Colette Bryce
  • Sophie Hannah
  • Tobias Hill
  • Mark Wormald

1994

  • Julia Copus
  • Alice Oswald
  • Steven Blyth
  • Kate Clanchy
  • Giles Goodland

1993

  • Eleanor Brown
  • Joel Lane
  • Deryn Rees-Jones
  • Sean Boustead
  • Tracey Herd
  • Angela McSeveney

1992

  • Jill Dawson
  • Hugh Dunkerley
  • Christopher Greenhalgh
  • Marita Maddah
  • Stuart Paterson
  • Stuart Pickford

1991

  • Roddy Lumsden
  • Glyn Maxwell
  • Stephen Smith
  • Wayne Burrows
  • Jackie Kay

1990

  • Nicholas Drake
  • Maggie Hannan
  • William Park
  • Jonathan Davidson
  • Lavinia Greenlaw
  • Don Paterson
  • John Wells

1989

  • Gerard Woodward
  • David Morley
  • Katrina Porteous
  • Paul Henry

1988

  • Michael Symmons Roberts
  • Gwyneth Lewis
  • Adrian Blackledge
  • Simon Armitage
  • Robert Crawford

1987

  • Peter McDonald
  • Maura Dooley
  • Stephen Knight
  • Steve Anthony
  • Jill Maughan
  • Paul Munden

1986

  • Mick North
  • Lachlan Mackinnon
  • Oliver Reynolds
  • Stephen Romer

1985

  • Graham Mort
  • Adam Thorpe
  • Pippa Little
  • James Harpur
  • Simon North
  • Julian May

1984

  • Martyn Crucefix
  • Mick Imlah
  • Jamie McKendrick
  • Bill Smith
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Christopher Meredith
  • Peter Armstrong
  • Iain Bamforth

1983

  • Martin Stokes
  • Hilary Davies
  • Michael O’Neill
  • Lisa St Aubin De Teran
  • Deidre Shanahan

1982

  • Steve Ellis
  • Jeremy Reed
  • Alison Brackenbury
  • Neil Astley
  • Chris O’Neill
  • Joseph Bristow
  • John Gibbens
  • James Lasdun

1981

  • Alan Jenkins
  • Simon Rae
  • Marion Lomax
  • Philip Gross
  • Kathleen Jamie
  • Mark Abley
  • Roger Crowley
  • Ian Gregson

1980

  • Robert Minhinnick
  • Michael Hulse
  • Blake Morrison
  • Medbh McGuckian

1979

  • Stuart Henson
  • Michael Jenkins
  • Alan Hollinghurst
  • Sean O’Brien
  • Peter Thabit Jones
  • James Lindesay
  • Walter Perrie
  • Brian Moses

1978

  • Ciaran Carson
  • Peter Denman
  • Christopher Reid
  • Paul Wilkins
  • Martyn A. Ford
  • James Sutherland-Smith

1977

  • Tony Flynn
  • Michael Vince
  • David Cooke
  • Douglas Marshall
  • Melissa Murray

1976

  • Stewart Brown
  • Valerie Gillies
  • Paul Groves
  • Paul Hyland
  • Nigel Jenkins
  • Andrew Motion
  • Tom Paulin
  • William Peskett

1975

  • John Birtwhistle
  • Duncan Bush
  • Val Warner
  • Philip Holmes
  • Peter Cash
  • Alasdair Paterson

1974

  • Duncan Forbes
  • Roger Garfitt
  • Robin Hamilton
  • Frank Ormsby
  • Penelope Shuttle

1973

  • John Beynon
  • Ian Caws
  • James Fenton
  • Keith Harris
  • David Howarth
  • Philip Pacey

1972

  • Tony Curtis
  • Richard Burns
  • Brian Oxley
  • Andrew Greig
  • Robin Lee
  • Paul Muldoon

1971

  • Martin Booth
  • Florence Bull
  • John Pook
  • D.M. Warman
  • John Welch

1970

  • Helen Frye
  • Paul Mills
  • John Mole
  • Brian Morse
  • Alan Perry
  • Richard Tibbitts

1969

  • Gavin Bantock
  • Jeremy Hooker
  • Jenny King
  • Neil Powell
  • Landeg E. White

1968

  • James Aitchison
  • Douglas Dunn
  • Brian Jones

1967

  • Angus Calder
  • Marcus Cumberlege
  • David Harsent
  • David Selzer
  • Brian Patten

1966

  • Robin Fulton
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Hugo Williams

1965

  • John Fuller
  • Derek Mahon
  • Michael Longley
  • Norman Talbot

1964

  • Robert Nye
  • Ken Smith
  • Jean Symons
  • Ted Walker

1963

  • Ian Hamilton
  • Stewart Conn
  • Peter Griffith
  • David Wevill

1962

  • Donald Thomas
  • James Simmons
  • Brian Johnson
  • Jenny Joseph

1961

  • Adrian Mitchell
  • Geoffrey Hill

1960

  • Christopher Levenson

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