The Sylvia Plath Prize

My thanks to Sarah Corbett and Ian Humphreys, competition judges and poets I admire who selected my poem ‘When It Feels Hot, That Rage Against Me’ for First Prize in the 2022 Sylvia Plath Prize. The winning poem will be published by Nine Arches Press this autumn in After Sylvia, a publication to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s birth. Live events are planned to coincide with publication. Watch this space.

You can read my winning poem and find out more about the prize on the Sylvia Plath Prize website. The poem is taken from my next collection, Latch. The poems, set in Suffolk, explore the county’s landscape and specifically my connection to it. They have been a long time in the making. It feels good to have a poem from the manuscript acknowledged in this way. Further new poems from the book are coming soon in London Magazine, Magma, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal and Poetry London. Three can also be read at Bad Lilies.

(Author photo by Natalie J Watts)


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