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Prerana Wins Women Poets’ Prize

A photo of Prerana Kumar, an Indian woman with long brown hair swept to one side, wearing a dark patterned top, holding a notebook and speaking into a microphone, with a blue light behind her.
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Prerana Kumar has been crowned as a winner of the 2022 Women Poets’ Prize at the inaugural Women Poets’ Festival in Norwich, following a record number of entries. The judging panel selected the three winners (Prerana Kumar, Dillon Jaxx and Jennifer Lee Tsai) from their shortlist of nine, chosen from a longlist of 30.

The 2022 winners win a £1,000 cash prize, one-to-one mentoring and coaching from The Literary Consultancy, workshops with Faber as well as performance coaching with national spoken word charity Apples & Snakes.

The third iteration of the prize, which runs every two years, was judged by Penelope Shuttle, Abi Palmer, and Nikita Gill. Shuttle said: “It has been a privilege to discover the work of these poets. Each one voices their truth with grace and insight, demonstrating their craft in vital, varied and exciting ways.”

You can read Prerana’s winning poem here.

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