The Shortlist for The Crashaw Prize 2012
This year The Crashaw Prize — England’s only international prize for full-length collections of poetry — received over ninety entries from four continents.
The prize, now in its fifth year, attracts attention from around the English-speaking world and the winning writers, along with many of those shortlisted, have gone on to become significant voices on an international basis. The aim of the prize — to support debut writers by providing them with a platform to draw attention to their unique talents — is reaching more people than ever. In a change to previous years, there will be only one winner in 2012, who will receive a £1,000 cash prize along with a publishing contract.
The shortlist for 2012 contains a revised version of Micah Bateman’s Bastard Star, which was shortlisted in 2011 and, in an extraordinary outcome, Lauren Levin has been shortlisted with two separate works, both of which are exceptional books. The winner will be announced in April.
The shortlist (in alphabetical order)
Graham Allen The One That Got Away (Ireland)
Micah Bateman Bastard Star (USA)
Adam Davis Index of Haunted Houses (USA)
Lauren Levin Not Time (USA)
Lauren Levin Nightwork (USA)
Lydia Macpherson Love Me Do (England)
Catherine Ormell The Ish Feeling (England)
Notes for editors
- The Crashaw Prize is the only international poetry prize for full length collections of poetry written in English.
- The prize is administered by Salt and judged by Publisher, Chris Hamilton-Emery.
- The prize began in 2008. Winners are published the following year of entry.
- Since the prize began it has successfully published thirteen first collections.
- Previous winners include:
Kaddy Benyon Milk Fever (UK)
Luke Heeley Dust Sheet (UK)
Vesna Goldsworthy The Angel of Salonika (UK/Serbia)
Rebecca Lehmann Between the Crackups (USA)
Catherine Theis The Fraud of Good Sleep (USA)
Nathan Hoks, Reveilles (USA)
Andrew Pidoux, Year of the Lion (UK)
Nick Potamitis, The Book of Night Terrors (UK)
Jonty Tiplady, Zam Bonk Dip (UK)
Ryan van Winkle, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here (UK)
Anna Woodford, Birdhouse (UK)
Tom Chivers, How to Build a City (UK)
Abi Curtis, Unexpected Weather (UK)
Jamey Dunham, The Bible of Lost Pets (USA)
Jared Stanley, Book Made of Forest (USA)