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Winners of the Michael Marks Awards 2016 | 14-Dec-16

The winners of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets have been announced. The judges were Debbie Cox, Paul Batchelor and Adam O'Riordan.

£5000 Poetry Award Winner: Richard Scott, Wound, The Rialto

"The standard of the entries for this year's Michael Marks Awards was extremely high. Selecting a shortlist was a challenge and each of the titles of the shortlist offered us something different. Richard Scott's Wound is the pamphlet that would not let us go. It takes an unflinching look at the knotty roots of sexual desire from a strikingly original perspective. Artistry and honesty reinforce one another. These poem reveal a powerful new voice, unpredictable in its angles of attack, and ruthless in its pursuit of difficult questions about identity and desire."

£5000 Publishers' Award Winner: The Emma Press

"Each of this year's shortlisted publishers gave us a strong list of titles. The Emma Press has grown steadily in the few years since they were first shortlisted. As well as having a remarkable list of poets they pay close attention to every aspect of the pamphlets they publish. This is a vibrant, thoughtful press bringing a great energy and sense of endeavour to their work."

£1000 Illustration Award Winner: Mairead Dunne for The Clearing by Luke Thomson Atlantic Press

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