We’re delighted to announce the winners of the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry 2018:

First Prize: Jemma Borg for ‘Unripe’
Second Prize: Teresa Dzieglewicz for ‘If you’re married, why do you call her Teresa?’
Third Prize: Linda France for ‘In the Physic Garden’

Runner-up: Julian Bishop for ‘Lobster’
Runner-up: Ella Duffy for ‘Tuna’

Highly Commended Poets

Topaz Winters for ‘Species Interactions’
Garry MacKenzie for ‘wild causalities’
Sharon Black for ‘Song for the Cévennes’
Sally St Clair for ‘An Argument with the Town Clerk’
Theresa Sowerby for ‘Calder’
Mara Bergman for ‘Canary-Shouldered Thorn’
Teresa Dzieglewicz for ‘Confluence’
Sarah Doyle for ‘Night Shifts in the Nature Factory’
Andrew Forster for ‘The Blackbird’s Egg’
Jemma Borg for ‘The tall, gaping mouth of the redwood’

You can read all of the winning poems in the 2018 Ecopoetry Anthology below.

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, formerly known as the Resurgence Prize, is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The first prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000. All three winners plus two runners-up will attend a ten-day residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland. The deadline is midnight, August 15th 2018.

The winners will be announced at a celebratory reading at Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, 2nd – 4th November.

During the submission window, the Poetry School will be running ecopoetry workshops around the country, and publishing a series of articles on the nature of ecopoetry, by leading thinkers and poets, including Dom Bury, Meryl Pugh, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Kathleen Jamie, Hugh Dunkerley, John Wedgwood Clarke and Miriam Darlington.

The Ginkgo Prize is generously funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation, and facilitated by the Poetry School.

Our Judges

Mimi Khalvati
Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, including The Weather Wheel, and The Meanest Flower, which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Financial Times Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and  received a Cholmondeley Award in 2006. She is the co-founder of the Poetry School.

Alys Fowler
Alys Fowler

Alys Fowler is a gardener, writer and presenter. She trained at the Royal Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and has a master’s degree in Society, Science and the Environment from UCL.

She writes a weekly column on gardening for The Guardian Weekend Magazine and has published five books including The Thrifty Gardener,The Edible GardenAbundance and her latest book, Hidden Nature. 

She has keen interest in agriculture and food politics and is fascinated by urban nature and how we make space for it.