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Primers Volume 3 Shortlist and Longlist Announced!

The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press are delighted to announce the shortlist and longlist for Primers Volume 3, a mentoring and publication scheme.

After reading thousands of poems, judges Hannah Lowe and Jane Commane have selected ten manuscripts for the shortlist and nineteen manuscripts for the longlist.

We’ll be publishing poems by all of the shortlisted writers over the next two weeks, and announcing the final three winners at the end of November. Congratulations all!


Half-empty – Romalyn Ante

Mulberries and Plane Trees – Kostya Tsolákis

The English Dream – Sarala Estruch

Mother, Blood – Amelia Loulli

Severance – Jasmine Cooray

When The World Was Rotting – Aviva Dautch

Why I hate guavas – Aisha Hassan

Casting Off – Imogen Forster

Foreign Language Syndrome – Lisa Kiew

Desire Path – Yvonne Reddick



First Words of Goddesses – Maisie Lawrence

My Father’s Death – Carla Scarana D’Antonio

How to speak to your mother – Sophie F Baker

Unsociable Hours – Joe Caldwell

Cigarette Woman – Eve Ellis

Instrumentals – Andy Hopkins

Afterwardsness – Sue Chamberlain

Unreliable Histories – Martin Rieser

Knee Deep in Old Cloud – Charlotte Baldwin

The History of Home – Laura Potts

Artists – Jeremy Grant

Mapping the Valley – Mariah Whelan

Artisan Magpie – Hilary Watson

Mothered – Alice Hiller

Dragon Egg – Liz Bassett

Cycling Backwards – Olga Dermott-Bond

Entanglement – Tom Vickers

Exposure – Pnina Shinebourne

Searching Songs – Alexandra Melville


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