Any surplus made by the Prize is distributed between the following organisations




The Prize operates under the auspices of the Resurgence Trust, publishers of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, edited for the past 40 years by Satish Kumar. A former Jain monk, Satish is most famous for walking 12,000 around the world in the 1960s, from India to America, in support of world peace.

Read more about the Trust on the Resurgence page or at


pa-logoThe Poetry Archive came into being as a result of a meeting, in a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not been properly recorded.

The Poetry Archive aims to bring the widest possible audience to the fullest possible range of English-language poetry being published around the world, and to complement that poetry with educational material of value both to the specialist and to the general reader. It has no editorial agenda except to demonstrate the range and richness of poetry in all its forms.

Poetry was an oral art form before it became textual, and hearing a poet reading his or her work remains uniquely illuminating. Writers have a particular right to their own work and we are taken to a deeper level of understanding by hearing how they speak it. To students of poetry and to all lovers of literature, such a reading is a powerful source of insight, understanding and enjoyment.

When a poet dies without making a recording, a precious resource is lost for ever and as time goes by that loss is felt more and more keenly. Using state-of the-art technology, the Poetry Archive restores poetry to its roots. It preserves for future generations uniquely valuable voices which might otherwise be lost. And it will re-energise, enliven and enhance the teaching of poetry at all levels.

You can read more about the Poetry Archive at


ers associated organisationsEarth Restoration Service (UK Registered Charity No. 1118951) was founded in 2004 by Peter Phelps together with Alan Watson Featherstone and Andreas Kornevall with the goal of restoring environmental degraded areas by working with small local communities. From the outset the charity has pursued a grassroots and practical approach by forming partnerships with schools, community groups, charities, NGOs, government agencies and businesses to enhance the integrity of local ecosystems.

In the UK it operates the ERS School Tree Nurseries Programme and the ERS School Flutter Flower Programme, both of which provide a service to the

community and the environment by helping children in schools to learn about the environment and to plant trees and create wildflower meadows in order to restore their local degraded habitats. To date ERS has supplied almost 1,000 schools across the UK & further afield with many thousands of free trees & planting equipment to set up a tree nursery on their grounds; The charity also runs an awareness campaign “Restore the Earth“. This campaign aims to raise awareness and share news of people’s “positive handprints”.  The charity’s patron is Joanna Lumley.

You can read more about ERS at


With Thanks To

poetry society logoFor kindly promoting the Prize on their website.  National Poetry Competition 2016: The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the biggest competitions for single poems in the world – and it’s now open for entries. For previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject, the competition is judged by Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambrige and Jack Underwood.

The judges read all entries, and all poems are judged anonymously. 1st prize is £5,000, 2nd £2,000, 3rd £1,000 and there are seven commendations at £200 each. Winning poems are also published in an anthology and on the Poetry Society website. Closes 31st October 2016.  Read more on


LOGOv2The images throughout the Resurgence Poetry Prize website were provided by artist and graphic designer Khaled Bazzi.  Born in Liberia, West Africa with Lebanese origins, Khaled has lived in London for nearly 30 years.  These images form part of his latest work, a collection entitled ‘You are Here’.

The environment we live in – and often take for granted – play a central role in the collection’s theme.  “I named each piece after the place it represents, and while that seems prosaic, for me it further emphasises how often we overlook nature, especially those of us living in big cities like London where you don’t have to go very far to find a park or a tree-lined avenue” Khaled told us. You can see the whole collection at