The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.
The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time.
First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000, and third prize is £1,000.
The judges are UK Poet Laureate, novelist and activist Simon Armitage and poet, critic and commissioning editor Jade Cuttle.
This year, we are launching a separate prize with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the theme will be Landscape, and the £500 prize will be awarded to The Best Poem of Landscape. Executive Chief Howard Davies says ‘The relationship between poetry and landscape goes back to the origins of language, and to interpret natural beauty artistically goes to the very root of what it means to be human. We all know how it feels to be stopped in our tracks by the wonder of nature – whether that be in a quiet woodland, before a roiling sea or in the stillness before a storm in a city park. Most of the UK population is within 30 minutes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and each AONB has its own distinctive landscape for everyone to seek their own inspiration.’ This prize will be free to enter if a poem already submitted to the Gingko Prize qualifies as a landscape poem.
The winner of the Ginkgo Prize will be awarded a week-long glamping residency and bespoke rewilding workshop at Knepp Rewilding Safaris
The winners’ ceremony will be held Spring 2021, more details coming soon…
2018 Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology
The 2018 Ginkgo Prize anthology contains all the winning and highly commended poems from the 2018 awards, with forewords from prize patron Dido Whitehead and 2018 judges Mimi Khalvati and Alys Fowler. The winning poets were Jemma Borg, Teresa Dzieglewicz, and Linda France, with runners-up Ella Duffy and Julian Bishop. Click to download.