This July, we set up a virtual in-tray and invited submissions to a new publishing and mentoring programme in association with Nine Arches Press. Our Primers scheme will find three new poets whose work we’d like to foster, publish and promote.
2,316 poems later, Judges Jane Commane and Kathryn Maris are delighted to announce the Primers Shortlist. The following poets sent in six-poem submissions which caught the pair’s attention …
Geraldine Clarkson Declare
Jo Young Firing Pins
Kate Davis The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk
Katie Griffiths Tips for a Post-War Correspondent
Ken Evans Approximate Horizons
Louise Ordish Stepping Stones
Lucy Ingrams Signs
Mark Cooper The Moon Thief
Maureen Cullen The Thin Place
Roderic Vincent Lower Lip
… although these following poets were on the Longlist and should also be heartily commended. They are Aled Thomas, Alex Pearce, Ama Bolton, Amy McCauley, Debris Stevenson, Emma McKervey, Fiona Cartwright, Jacqueline Smith, James Nixon, Jean Riley, Jennie Owen, Johanna Gilmour, Kate Taylor, Katie Griffiths, Marjorie Gill, Mary Jean Chan, M J Whistler, Matthew Paul, Melanie Mauthner, Mischa Foster Poole, Rachel Plummer, Rebecca Shore, Richard O’Brien, Robin Houghton, Samuel Prince, Sarah Rudston, Selina Rodrigues, Susannah Hart, Tania Hershman, William Stephenson and Zillah Bowes.
Shortlisted poets are now sending us longer selections of their work, and from these, Jane and Kathryn will pick the three poets who will go on to take part in the full Primers scheme. We’ll be publishing a few of the Shortlisted poems here on CAMPUS over the coming weeks, and you’ll be able to read them all in April next year when the first Primers book is published.
Congratulations to all Longlisted and Shortlisted poets!