Last night an online awards ceremony was held for the inaugural Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets. It was wonderful to see so many of the entrants at the ceremony and 'meet' them in person so to speak. Australian poet, Carolyn Masel, who will mentor the winner was also there and gave a lovely speech.
The standard of the entries was high and I have to thank all the amazing poets who were brave enough to send in their work. It takes courage to share your poetry with other people, more so when you are exposing yourself to rejection. There as a lot of promise in the submitted poems and it was an honour to read poets at the start of their career.
Pocketry is pleased to announce Sophia Riozzi as the 2020 Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets winner with her collection, The Year of the Double Autumn.
Sophia's collection will be published in an instant book by Pocketry in early 2021 and will be available to purchase in Pocketry's online shop.
There were three highly commended entries: Lorikeets by Steph Amir, Stray Perceptions by Melissa Favasuli and Pandemic 575: A Collection of Haiku for the Year 2020 by Megan Riedl.
Thank you to all the poets who submitted their entries for the inaugural Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets. I was pleased to see so many emerging poets writing to such a high standard. The future of poetry is safe in your hands!