2024 Shortlisted and longlisted writers

Spread the Word and CRIPtic Arts are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2024 Disabled Poets Prize. 

2024 Shortlist for Best Single Poem

Judged by Stephen Lightbown and Jamie Hale.

  • Alex Mepham – Dark Matter
  • Dee Dickens – A Horse Walks Into a Bar – After Tyrone Lewis
  • Elizabeth Gibson – Could this be how to love?
  • Gayathiri Kamalakanthan – Eating an Orange
  • Rachel Burns – Blue Monday
  • Vera Yuen – Ward 9

Longlist for Best Single Poem

  • Bec MacKenzie – Earthshine
  • Bethany Handley – When I Say I’m Tired
  • Caitlin Tina Jones – This is the Rhymney Line Refusing to Forgive Me for Leaving
  • Joe Rizzo Naudie – BLND
  • Katie O’Pray – Complications
  • Tanvir Bush – Now Death is Too Tired to Dance

2024 Shortlist for Best Unpublished Pamphlet

Judged by Pascale Petit and Jamie Hale.

  • Amber Horne – So She Spoke
  • Anna Starkey – All These Frequencies
  • Danne Jobin – Scar Tissue
  • Norman Miller – Learning in Nine Keys
  • Ozge Gozturk – Exit Armours
  • Susie Wilson – Nowhere Near As Safe As a Snake in Bed

Longlist for Best Unpublished Pamphlet

  • Cassandra Finch – Spectral Fires
  • Ellie Spirrett – Beast
  • Lewis Wood – Worse/Better/After
  • Dr Kane Holborn (member of Quills Anonymous) – Flâneur on Wheels
  • Maud Rowell – Funeral / Holiday
  • Ruth Yates – The Friend I Never Had

2024 Best Poem Performed in British Sign Language

A special commendation, awarded by Kabir Kapoor, will be given to a poet in the Best Poem Performed in BSL category at the announcement event.

Congratulations to all the poets and thank you to all those who entered. The judges enjoyed reading all your work.