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The Laurel Prize

UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, and the Poetry School, are delighted to announce the longlist for the inaugural ecopoetry prize, The Laurel Prize.

The prize is funded by Simon Armitage out of his £5,000 honorarium, which he receives annually from the Queen, and run by the Poetry School. It is awarded annually for the best published collection of environmental or nature poetry.The prize awards £5,000 (1st prize), £2,000 (2nd prize) and £1,000 (3rd prize). In addition, this year’s partner the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are generously funding a commission for the 3 winners to write a poem inspired by the AONB closest to their heart.

The 2020 longlist was judged by Laureate Simon Armitage and poets Moniza Alvi and Robert Macfarlane. For their comments and further information about the Awards ceremony, due to be generously hosted by The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, please visit

Note: The Laurel Prize was set up for published collections of poetry. This is because the Ginkgo Prize is already available for individual unpublished poems.


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