The Ginkgo Prize 2021 Shortlist

First Prize: Teresa Dzieglewicz – ‘Earth I don’t know how to love you’

Second Prize: Hilary Menos – ‘3.5 % Rule’

Third Prize: Liz Byrne – ‘An Owl the size of my Smallest Fingernail’

The AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Prize for Best Poem of Landscape: Ross Styants ‘Avon in Summer Rain’

The Ginkgo Prize 2021 Shortlist

The Ginkgo Prize 2021 Shortlist is here!

We are delighted to share The Ginkgo Prize 2021 Shortlist with you. This compiles the top 3 winners, in no particular order, and was selected from the thousands of poems entered globally by our judges – author and poet Camille T. Dungy; poet and naturalist Anna Selby; and writer and activist Sara Hudston. Each poem explores and illuminates the state of the earth and climate crisis. We will announce the winners at a live-streamed ceremony on Monday 20 June, details to follow – keep your eyes peeled!

We would like to thank all our entrants for their commitment to the Prize, poetry, and the environment; the Poetry School is proud to be part of a Prize which addresses the most critical issues of our times and planet.

Shortlist (in no particular order)

Hilary Menos – ‘3.5 % Rule’
Liz Byrne, An Owl the Size of my Smallest Fingernail
Teresa Dzieglewicz – ‘Earth I don’t know how to love you’

The AONB Prize for Best Poem of Landscape will be announced during the prize-giving ceremony.

The Ginkgo Prize 2021 Longlist

The Ginkgo Prize 2021 Highly Commended poems are here!

We’re thrilled to be celebrating these phenomenal poets from across the globe. They were chosen by our judges author and poet Camille T. Dungy, poet and naturalist Anna Selby, and writer and activist Sara Hudston. Each poem explores the state of the earth and climate crisis, we’ll be releasing some of these poems on social media. And we’ll be announcing the winners at a livestreamed ceremony on Monday 20 June, details to follow and expect our shortlist over the next couple of weeks – keep your eyes peeled.

Lauren Mason, All Spring
Tamsin Hopkins, Windows on Taiji
Teresa Dzieglewicz, Earth I don’t know how to love you
Hilary Menos, 3.5 % Rule
Liz Byrne, An Owl the Size of my Smallest Fingernail
Alison Binney, Straight-line Mission
Gillian Barker, The Fields this Morning
Katie Hourigan, There’s No Such Thing as a Seagull
Martin Malone, A Walk Across The Island & A Northern Autumn
Linda France, Stone Curlew & Dead Men’s Fingers
Cindy Botha, Kifaru & Whale
Ali Lewis, Couplets
George Amabile, Texaco in Ecuador
Suzanna Fitzpatrick, Harvest Mouse
Rebecca Faulkner, The month of emergencies
Ross Styants, Avon in Summer Rain
Serena Alagappan, After the Mushroom at the End of the World