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…

The Ginkgo Prize is kindly sponsored by AONB and funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation. The prize is organised by the Poetry School.

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Our Judges

Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage is the UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). His numerous accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings and the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Armitage has published 28 collections of poetry, including his latest, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in 2014. He was appointed Professor of Poetry at Leeds University in 2017.

Jade Cuttle
Jade Cuttle

Jade Cuttle works full-time at The Times as Arts Commissioning Editor. Her criticism and reviews have also been published in the TLS, the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Observer. Jade has been commissioned to write poetry for BBC Radio 3, BBC Contains Strong Language Festival and BBC Proms, while her plant-whispering poetry workshops have been filmed for BBC One Television. As a songwriter fusing metaphor with melody, she released an eco-themed album of poem-songs ‘Algal Bloom‘ through Warren Records with funding and support from the PRS Foundation and Make Noise. Previously, Jade has been a poetry editor at Ambit, a judge behind the Costa Book Awards (Poetry Category and the Costa Book of the Year), worked at The Poetry Society and tutored at The Poetry School where she devised a poetry course for adults.

Our Sponsors & Partners

The National Association Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Edward Goldsmith Foundation
Knepp Wildland Safaris
Ledbury Poetry Critics

Previous Partners

The Cambridge Writing Retreat
Loowat
Global Witness
The Swedenborg Society

2019 Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology

The 2019 Ginkgo Prize anthology contains all the winning and highly commended poems from the 2019 awards, with forewords from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and judges Homero Aridjis and Jen Hadfield. The winning poets were Sue Riley, Anne Haven McDonnell and Rosamund Taylor with Emma Must awarded the Environmental Defenders Prize and Joanna Guthrie and Jane Robinson as runners-up. Click to download.

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.