The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry 2020

Deadline: 31 October 2020
Open to: applicants worldwide
Benefits: first prize: GBP 5,000, second prize: GBP 2,000, third prize: GBP 1,000


Applications are open for The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry 2020. The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time. The judges are UK Poet Laureate, novelist and activist Simon Armitage and poet, critic and commissioning editor Jade Cuttle. This year, they are launching a separate prize with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the theme will be Landscape, and the £500 prize will be awarded to The Best Poem of Landscape.

The winners’ ceremony will be held Spring 2021, more details coming soon.


  • They’re international and anyone can enter a poem written in the English language (no prior credits necessary).
  • Poems must be written in the English language, can be any length or form and must engage with the climate crisis.
  • Poems cannot have been previously published and printed or be entered for any other Prize.

Entry fees: GBP 7 for the first entry, GBP 4 for each additional poem


  • 1st prize: GBP 5,000
  • 2nd prize: GBP 2,000
  • 3rd prize: GBP 1,000

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.