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Warda and Laura Shortlisted for Women Poets’ Prize

Squad grads Warda Yassin and Laura Potts have both been shortlisted by the Rebecca Swift Foundation for the 2020 Women Poets’ Prize.

After carefully working through a longlist of thirty poets, Women Poets’ Prize 2020 judges Malika Booker, Pascale Petit and Liz Berry met early last week to make final selections for the Prize.

In what marks the last stage of selections – from a total submission count of 734 applications – the three Judges praised the ambition and tenderness of the work received, emphasising the ‘capable hands’ the Prize illustrates poetry to be in. Three poets from the shortlist will access a rich programme of support and mentoring via Women Poets’ Prize partners The Literary Consultancy, Faber & Faber, Bath Spa, City Lit, Poetry School, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and Verve Poetry Festival, alongside a monetary award of £1,500.

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